Of the many things you need to do annually, none may be more important than a physical. This simple visit allows your doctor at Austin Medical Group to track your health and spot problems before they become full-blown medical issues. If you’re in the Austin, Texas, area, this is one visit you don’t want to put off. Call or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule an appointment.
Annual Check-Ups Q & A
Why do I need an annual checkup?
An annual checkup is one of the most powerful preventive measures you can take when it comes to your health. With regular visits each year, your doctor at Austin Medical Group is able to review your past medical history, record new data, and keep an eye on any issues that were flagged previously.
One of the most important tools your doctor has is up-to-date information on your health, important in establishing baselines that will serve you both well for comparison purposes should something go wrong. Annual checkups yield year-over-year information that proves invaluable in spotting trends, allowing your doctor to run interference before a problem develops.
Perhaps most important, an annual checkup is a great opportunity for you to ask your doctor about any concerns you may have about your health, no matter how minor.
What happens at an annual checkup?
When you arrive, a staff member records your vital statistics, including your:
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Height and weight
- Respiratory rate
Once these are noted, you’ll sit down with your doctor to review your previous year and to discuss any problems or concerns you may have. Don’t be afraid to bring up issues that may seem small, as they might be a warning of something larger, and your doctor will know to pay more attention to certain areas.
After you review your health, your doctor:
- Listens to your heart and lungs
- Checks your eyes, ears, nose, and throat
- Looks at your skin and general appearance
- Presses areas of your abdomen, feeling for any abnormalities in your organs
Your doctor may also check your reflexes and motor skills, depending on your age and medical history.
What tests are done during an annual exam?
As part of your exam, one of the healthcare providers at Austin Medical Group takes your blood and urine for analysis. Your doctor typically orders a complete blood count and chemistry panel of your blood and checks your urine under a microscope.
To ensure your good health year by year, call Austin Medical Group to schedule your annual checkup. Or, use the online scheduler to book an appointment.