An annual physical also referred to as preventive care, allows your doctor to find potential health problems, before you feel sick. Doctors want to see you when you are healthy, and keep you healthy. To achieve the best health, you should visit a primary care physician on a regular basis.
Annual Physical Services
Our annual physical services can include a physical exam, immunizations, lab tests, and prescriptions. Having an annual physical helps your doctor understand your symptoms or diagnose your illness. Something may be going on in your body that only a blood test or a urinalysis can tell. For example, getting a blood test can show your cholesterol levels. It will break down the ratio of good cholesterol vs. bad cholesterol. Additionally, you can find out your risk for heart disease. Knowing your cholesterol levels will help you make better food choices. A urinalysis will check if your kidneys are functioning properly, or if you have an infection. You may not be able to feel anything wrong, but a simple test can help maintain a high standard of health.
Your physician may ask questions — Do you experience unusual hunger or extreme fatigue more often than usual? Are you thirsty or urinating more than usual? These are common symptoms of diabetes. You may not think much about it, but you should be tested.
There are no standard laboratory tests during an annual physical. However, some doctors will order certain tests including a complete blood count, chemistry panel and urinalysis.
Annual Physicals for Women
An annual physical exam for women might include:
- Breast Exam – Your doctor will feel for abnormal lumps which may detect breast cancer or benign breast conditions. He or she will also check the lymph nodes in the underarm and look for visual abnormalities of the breasts and nipples.
- Pelvic Exam – A pelvic exam allows examination of the vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus and ovaries. Routine checks for sexually transmitted infections are often done. A Pap test and HPV test can screen for cervical cancer and help assess risk.
Annual Physicals for Men
An annual physical exam for men might include:
- Testicular Exam – A physician can check each testicle for lumps, tenderness, or changes in size. Most men with testicular cancer notice a growth before seeing a doctor.
- Hernia Exam – You may be asked to “turn your head and cough” to check for a weakness in the abdominal wall between the intestines and scrotum.
- Penis Exam – Your doctor might notice evidence of sexually transmitted infections such as warts or ulcers on the penis.
- Prostate Exam – Inserting a finger in the rectum lets a doctor feel the prostate for its size and any suspicious areas.
If you are in need of an annual physical, call LaGrange Medical Center and Urgent Care at 708-352-0330. LaGrange Medical Center is located at 6170 Joliet Road in Countryside, Illinois.