Annual check-ups are an essential part of adult health. Seeing your provider every year helps to guard against disease and chronic illness, allowing you to live on your terms. National Call Your Doctor Day, June 9 of this year, is a great time to do exactly that.
What happens at a wellness check?
Your annual physical exam is a chance for your provider to review your overall health. Height, weight and blood pressure will all likely be checked. Your provider will go over your current medications and may approve refills on your maintenance medications for the next 12 months.
This is your time to ask questions
Annual exams are also a great time to discuss family health histories to learn if there are things you need to be aware of as you age. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss any specific concerns you may have about how you’re feeling, which can be reassuring.
You’ll talk about age-appropriate screenings
Preventative screenings are important for things like cholesterol, cancers and bone density. Based on your family history and any symptoms you describe, your provider may recommend additional screenings.
You should bring all of your current medications, including dosages, to your appointment. Also, the day before, make a list of all the things you’d like to discuss. Your provider can only cover so much in an appointment but having a list will help them prioritize your concerns. Routine care items may need to be handled in a separate visit.
Our visit options have increased
In some cases, you may be able to have your check-up via telehealth or car-side visit. Please ask if you’re eligible at time of scheduling if you would like to avoid an in-office visit. Your provider will decide if that’s doable based on your medications and health history.
It’s much easier to stay healthy than to regain your health if you become ill. Plus, annual exams are covered by many major insurance plans. Please call us to schedule your visit today.