Annual Physicals and Periodic Health Maintenance Examinations
At Family Care Clinic, we provide annual physicals for adults, as well as periodic health maintenance examinations. While many adults understand that regular physicals are important to maintaining optimal health, a lot of them don’t think about visiting their healthcare provider until they are sick or experience a health issue. Annual or periodic wellness exams can help your healthcare provider identify potential problems before they become serious, and also allows you and your healthcare team to track key measurements over time.
While annual physicals may not be necessary for healthy adults, everyone should get their health checked out on a periodic basis. The frequency at which each individual adult should receive a physical examination depends on their age and overall health. A general guideline for the frequency at which healthy adults should receive physicals is:
Adults who are not in good health should speak with their healthcare provider about the frequency at which they should receive physical exams. Other times at which adults should see their physician can include:
- When you are sick.
- When you have a symptom that could indicate illness.
- To manage a chronic or ongoing condition.
- To check on the effects of a new medicine.
- To help with risk factors like smoking or obesity.
- For prenatal care.
- For lifestyle issues including family planning, STD prevention, and diet.
- For other reasons based on your individual needs.
The frequency at which adults should have a physical exam varies for every patient, so it is important to speak to your doctor about the periodic health examination schedule that is best for you. Call Family Care Clinic at 844-414-4773 to speak with us about when you should receive your next physical and to schedule an appointment.