When was your last visit with a doctor? It’s often easy to go long periods of time between appointments. But even for healthy individuals, an annual wellness exam is a critical part of your healthcare. This yearly doctor visit is the ultimate key to staying healthy. From annual physicals, to regular vaccinations and booster shots, to family planning, to specialty intervention, the annual exam is the best way for patients to monitor their health and maintain control of it before problems develop. So if you're due for a visit, please contact us online or by phone to schedule an appointment!
Wellness visits are what allow us to stay healthy from year to year, because the services offered during these visits are preventative. In children, for example, services include vaccinations or guidance through complex teen developments. For adults, it can include family planning and STD screenings. Annual physical exams also allow doctors to spot the signs of mental health or chronic illness risk factors.
The annual exam most valuable when we can discuss someone’s medical history, chronic issues, and recommendations for lifestyle changes. By addressing risk factors for various illnesses - and by ordering regular testing for ailments that patients are at an increased risk of developing - we can help patients prevent many health problems altogether. When problems cannot be 100% prevented, annual visits also allow us to form care plans with patients that prevent illnesses from becoming intense and harmful; and this early intervention reduces the impact of the symptoms patients may experience.
Family practice specialists provide ongoing, regular, and comprehensive health care to people and families. Family medicine gets its name because this type of care grew out of the need to support the ongoing health of entire groups of people (i.e. families and communities), instead of merely treating the acute problems of a particular organ system, sex, or other specialized medical categories and focuses. This means that rather than specializing in a single type of care or health issue, family practice doctors study a range of biological, clinical, and behavioral sciences. This allows them to address the general health - and preventive health - needs of all people.
Defining internal medicine versus family practice care is a very common question. Essentially, the primary difference between an internal medicine doctor and a family medicine doctor is their line of study. Internal medicine is defined by a focus on the study of adult health issues, rather than family/pediatric care.
An annual wellness exam refers to a yearly doctor’s visit, ideally with a single primary care physician (or PCP). By meeting with your doctor on a yearly basis, you as an individual will have an opportunity to review your physical state and confirm the best steps you can take to care for your body and health from year to year. Yearly appointments will also allow you and your doctor to confirm whether or not you need to begin any screenings for age-related illnesses, as well as for illnesses that may run in your family.
Yes! Meeting us on yearly basis will ensure your access to timely and standard physicals, blood lab work, and screenings based on gender, age, family history and other factors. (Note that if you are diagnosed with a chronic condition - such as high blood pressure, diabetes or other risk factors for heart disease - your doctor will likely recommend even more frequent consultations.)
During your annual wellness exam, you may experience a combination of the following:
Based on the information gathered, your doctor will finally provide specific health advice and referrals as needed to bring your day-to-day healthcare records and plans up-to-date.