People underestimate the value of their annual physical exams. At JW Family Medicine, Fulshear, Texas, we can’t recommend adhering to your annual physical enough. There’s so much we can learn about your health during these physicals. This information can help us optimize your health, quality of life, and allow us to detect any minor diseases you might be suffering from.
At JW Family Medicine, we try to create a relaxing and comforting atmosphere in our office. This is done for the sake of our patients and to help them feel better about going to the doctor and getting their annual physical. The main goal is to keep you in the best shape possible.
Every adult should have an annual physical by a doctor. The goal of these exams is prevention, not treatment. You get the physical to make sure you’re in good health and to keep you that way. Physicals aren’t done as part of a treatment plan.
They don’t last long and are only done once a year, but they’re very important. Subtle clues on the physical exam allow us to properly assess a person’s overall health and how it can be improved.
During your annual physical, we’ll start by interviewing you and asking you a few questions regarding your health. Then, we’ll proceed and measure your vital signs. These include heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, temperature, and calculating your BMI. Abnormally high blood pressure could mean that a person has hypertension.
After we’re done with the vital signs, we’ll move on to the actual physical exam. We’ll assess your vision, listen to your heart and lungs, and then palpate your abdomen for any pain or masses.
Blood tests may be drawn to evaluate your blood glucose and cholesterol levels. They can also be used to measure your hemoglobin level to check whether or not you have anemia or abnormalities with your blood.
Finally, we might have some screening recommendations based on your age. These include mammograms and pap smears for women and a cholesterol test and prostate cancer screening for men. Both genders will need colon cancer screening based on age.