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Seeing your doctor once a year could protect you from a host of health problems.
Do you only see your Woodridge, Lombard, and Lemont, IL, doctor when there is a problem? If so, then you may want to start considering visiting our team of physicians once a year even when there is nothing wrong. These annual checkups provide you with valuable information about your current health status including any new or emerging health problems that may be reversible and managed with the proper care.
Here’s why everyone could benefit from getting an annual physical,
Get a Full Health Assessment
From lifestyle habits and family history to your age, there are many risk factors that could increase your risk of developing certain health conditions. Therefore, by coming into our clinic once a year for an annual checkup we can perform a wide range of screening tests including,
- Body mass index (BMI) to ensure that you are maintaining a healthy weight
- Blood pressure screenings
- Cholesterol screenings
- Glucose (blood sugar) screenings
- Osteoporosis screenings (especially important for women over age 65)
Many of these screening tools can help our doctors detect serious issues such as diabetes or heart disease early on before symptoms even appear. Through lifestyle changes, proper diet and exercise, and medication we can help you manage and control any chronic conditions.
Stay Up to Date on Vaccines
Vaccines are beneficial for both children and adults. Once you reach 18 years old you probably don’t think much about vaccines but adults should turn to their doctor to review their vaccine history and to find out if they could benefit from certain immunizations to prevent,
- Human papillomavirus (HPV)
- Hepatitis B
Keep Your Medical Records Updated
It’s amazing how much your health can change in a year. By keeping your medical records up to date you ensure that you are getting the very best and most effective care from our team of primary care physicians whenever you step through our doors. By coming in once a year we can keep updated records on,
- Certain medications you are taking (or no longer taking)
- Lifestyle and social histories (e.g. smoking; alcohol consumption; sexual activity)
- Mental health
- Family history
Having updated medical records also means providing you with lifestyle and health recommendations, as well as screenings that could benefit you and reduce your risk for certain conditions.
With offices in Woodridge, Lombard and Lemont, IL, Woodridge Clinic makes it easy for patients of all ages to get the preventive medical care they need. If it’s time for your annual physical exam then call our office today.
How long has it been since you've had a physical? If you're like many people, you may not even remember the last time you had one. Although you may have visited the doctor when you had the flu or a sinus infection, those visits don't take the place of a comprehensive annual physical. The doctors at Woodridge Clinic explain why those annual exams are so important.
Annual physicals can help prevent small problems from becoming big problems
Ever ignored a strange noise under the hood of your car and hoped that it would magically disappear? Unfortunately, ignoring those noises often leads to a large bill at your local car repair shop when the problem not only doesn't go away, but gets worse. Ignoring small health problems can be just as devastating. Sometimes symptoms are so mild that you may not realize that they're a problem. When you visit your doctor for an annual exam, he or she can spot minor and major health issues and treat them before they become more serious.
What's involved in an annual physical?
During an annual physical, your doctor reviews your medical history and evaluates your entire body. Annual physicals usually focus on:
The basics: Weight and blood pressure readings are important part of every annual examination. High blood pressure is a common health problem, yet it can be symptomless. It's not unusual to find out you have high blood pressure during an annual physical.
Abdomen: Problems with your organs can discovered with an abdominal examination. By pressing or tapping on your abdomen, your doctor can note tender areas, estimate the size of your liver and detect fluid build up.
Heart and lungs: Your doctor listens to your heart and lungs with a stethoscope and looks for signs of problems, such as an irregular heart beat or wheezing or decreased breath sounds, which can be signs of asthma, COPD, or other respiratory diseases.
Your skin: An examination of your skin or nails can also reveal health problems that have nothing to do with your skin or nails. For example, yellow skin can be a sign of liver disease, while dark creases in your skin can occur if you have Addison's disease, a disease that affects the adrenal system.
Blood tests: Although your doctor can spot many health issues during an annual physical, some problems can only be detected with blood tests. Blood tests can detect diabetes, kidney disease and high cholesterol levels. They're also used to determine the levels of crucial minerals in your body, such as iron and calcium, and provide important information about your red blood cell count.
Is it time for your annual exam? Call Woodridge Clinic at (630) 910-1177 and make an appointment today. Protect your health with an annual physical!