Physical exams are the backbone of preventive medicine. Annual physical exams help your doctor diagnose, treat, and monitor chronic conditions to keep you in good health throughout your life. At Internal Medicine Practices in Lady Lake and Tavares, Florida, the expert physicians complete physical exams for all patients over 20. To learn more about the benefits of physical exams, call Internal Medicine Practices today or schedule an appointment online.
Physical exams are routine health evaluations to identify potentially harmful changes to your overall health. The team at Internal Medicine Practices recommends visiting them for a physical at least once a year, regardless of your health status. However, you can always schedule a physical exam to investigate new symptoms or ones that are getting worse.
The details of your physical exam will depend on your age, sex, and medical history, and other things. Essential parts of a physical exam include recording your height, weight, and body mass index (BMI). The Internal Medicine Practices team also checks your vitals — blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate.
Your doctor reviews your medical history and asks you questions about your health. They might ask about your diet and lifestyle habits, changes to the medicines you take, and any new symptoms you’re experiencing.
The physical portion of the assessment is a head-to-toe exam. First, your doctor looks inside your eyes, nose, and throat. They listen to your heart and lungs with a stethoscope. Your doctor also palpates (gently presses) your abdomen to ensure that your organs are the correct size and where they should be. Palpitations are also used to detect fluid in the abdomen.
Finally, your doctor checks your strength and reflexes to determine if you’re suffering from any abnormalities. They record all the information from your exam to compare your results from previous years.
What happens after your physical exam depends on your results. Your doctor could prescribe new medicines, discontinue previous medicines, or order additional testing. Lab services, like blood work or urinalysis and imaging scans, give your doctors the information they need to diagnose a health problem or monitor an existing condition.
For further investigation of new or worsening symptoms, your doctor can refer you to another specialist. At Internal Medicine Practices, your internal medicine provider works with other specialists to ensure that you receive the complete care you need.
To learn more about physical exams, call Internal Medicine Practices or schedule an appointment online today.