Many people, especially those in good health, consider their annual physical something minor. However, like twice-yearly dental cleanings, these visits are important to your overall health and wellness.
Indus Healthcare has three locations throughout Pomona, West Covina, and Montclair, California. Dr. Amit Reenu Paliwal makes sure you receive all the necessary tests and examinations at your physical, so any issues with your health can be identified early. Annual physicals are extremely important, so if you’ve been putting it off because you feel fine, here are five reasons you should reconsider your stance and head in for a check-up.
The importance of annual physicals
When it comes to looking after our health, we tend to ignore going in for a check-up until we feel a tickle in our throat, need an X-ray, or experience unusual symptoms. However, if something is seriously wrong, you might not know it until you go in for a physical.
Here are five reasons you shouldn’t skip your annual physical.
1. Early detection
If there’s something wrong, the results of your physical can help catch the problem early on, when it’s easier to treat.
2. Patient history
Physicals establish your patient history, a record of your health and any changes over the years.
Your physical is a chance to discuss concerns with your doctor, particularly ones that didn’t warrant a visit on their own.
4. Updated vaccinations
If you need any new immunizations, your annual physical is likely when you’ll receive them.
5. Predictive health
During these visits, your doctor can use your family history, lifestyle, and test results to identify possible health risks, so you stay healthy in the future.
What to expect at your physical
If you’re easily intimidated by doctors’ visits, knowing what to expect can help alleviate your anxiety. Here’s a brief look into which tests, examinations, and discussions you can look forward to:
- Visual and physical examination of your body
- Hearing and vision checks
- Blood tests
- Reflex and motor control tests
- A mental health check, particularly for depression
- A breast exam/mammogram or testicular/prostate exam
- Possible immunizations
- Possible STI tests
- Blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol testing
The process and necessary tests might vary year by year, depending on your age, sex, and family history. However, there’s nothing to feel anxious about. Many of these examinations are completely noninvasive, and the blood withdrawal process is extremely brief.
Is it time for your annual physical? Schedule a visit with Dr. Paliwal by calling the location closest to you, or visit the contact page for more options.