A physical exam is a routinely performed test by a primary care provider to determine a patient’s overall health. This examination is also known as a wellness check which allows the doctor to understand the patient’s physical wellbeing and general health status.
A physical examination is also commonly referred to as a wellness checkup, which does not require a patient to be sick to routinely visit the doctor and stay up to date with their health status.
This exam routine provides patients with the opportunity to discuss any sort of questions or concerns they have with their health with their doctor.
It is recommended that patients undergo at least one physical examination a year, especially in people over the age of 50
The purpose of these exams are as follows:
Determine general health status
Address potential illnesses and diseases so they can be treated proactively
Identify any health conditions that may become medical concerns in the future
Provide needed immunizations/injections
Encourage a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise
Having a better relationship with your Primary Care Provider emphasizing better quality care