Routine Physical Exam

A routine physical exam is recommended at least once each year for patients of all ages. This complete medical examination allows the doctor to evaluate the patients health and discover problems before they start. Early detection of a disease could result in easier and more effective treatment.

How to Prepare for a Physical Exam

In anticipation of the physical exam, the following is a list of what patients should do prior to their exam:

  • Write down a list of problems or questions they may have
  • Review and revise their family's health history
  • Make sure that they have had the recommended screenings
  • Review any lifestyle changes that they feel need to be made

The Physical Examination

The doctor will examine the patient and determine what preventive services they will need depending on their age, medical history and family's medical history. The procedures that may be performed include:

  • Measurement of height, weight and blood pressure
  • A screen of body parts
  • Blood tests
  • Pap test, if needed
  • Osteoporosis screening
  • Breast exam
  • Rectal exam
  • Immunization update

Tips for Better Health

The doctor may provide the patient with methods to stay in optimum health. Some of these tips may include:

  • Stopping or avoiding tobacco use
  • Establishing a heart healthy diet
  • Exercising on a regular basis
  • Avoiding alcohol or limiting its use
  • Avoiding illegal drug use
  • Practicing safe sex
  • Using seat belts when in an automobile or truck

With the services, screenings and treatments available, the patient will be able to establish a pattern of good health.

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