If you want to stay healthy, you need to get regular checkups. Getting regular checkups won’t only keep you in good shape, they’ll help keep small problems from becoming bigger ones. At Irvine Family Care, located in Irvine, California, Janet Goodfellow, MD, Sheryl Long, MD, and Ronald Young, MD, can give you a thorough physical exam to keep you healthy and help catch any potential problems. To get a complete physical exam, book an appointment over the phone today.
When do I need a physical exam?
The purpose of a physical exam is so your doctor can evaluate your body thoroughly and ensure all of your vital organs, such as your heart and lungs, are working properly. You don’t need to be sick to get a physical exam.
Physical exams can help catch illnesses and diseases early. If your doctor spots something early enough, they can get you started on treatment and help prevent something worse from developing. Men and women should get a physical exam at least once a year.
What can I expect during my physical exam?
During a physical exam, your will doctor assesses your heart, lungs, tonsils, ears, head, and neck for any abnormalities. Your doctor will also check your pulse, nerves, reflexes, and muscle strength.
Women can expect a breast exam and a Pap smear during their routine physical, and men may get a test to check their prostate health.
What diseases can be found through a physical exam?
During your evaluation, your doctor will check for a wide variety of symptoms and factors that could show an underlying medical condition. Your doctor may evaluate you for:
Depending on your medical history, your doctor may focus on certain areas more than others. Your doctor will also factor in your family history in determining how to exam you.
If your doctor notices anything out of the ordinary, they recommend more tests, such as X-rays or ultrasound tests, to get a more complete picture of your health.
If you need expert care from doctors you can trust, please call to book an appointment today with Irvine Family Care.