We get it: life is busy. Your calendar fills up quickly with work obligations, kids’ activities, social engagements, and more. And when you’re feeling healthy, it’s easy to skip that annual physical exam with your doctor.
Neglecting your annual exam might not seem like a big deal. But even if you feel good, your health might not be perfect — and you could be at risk for illness or other chronic conditions.
Routine physical exams are designed to identify health risks early on when they’re most treatable. So before you skip your next physical exam, it’s time to learn more about the importance of these preventive visits.
At Lenox Medical Clinic, located in Johns Creek and Chamblee, Georgia, Sudha Challa, MD, and our team make health care convenient for families, providing comprehensive physicals for children and adults. Read on to find out why it’s worth fitting that appointment into your calendar.
Physicals provide essential preventive care
There are many reasons you might be required to get a physical. Dr. Challa and our team offer school, sports, and camp physicals for children; US Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals and drug screenings for adults; and immigration physicals for all ages.
But if you’re not required to get a physical for school, work, or something else, is it really worth scheduling one? The short answer is: yes.
Annual physicals evaluate your whole-body health. Dr. Challa performs a series of tests and a full physical exam to identify risk factors and help you avoid potential health complications.
Dr. Challa and our team review your medical history, family history, lifestyle, and habits. We perform a range of health assessments, including:
- Eyes, ears, and throat
- Lungs and heart
- Vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, etc.)
- Additional screenings, as needed
We review your results and determine your risk of common conditions, from high blood pressure to type 2 diabetes. If you have any questions about your health, your annual physical is the perfect time to ask.
Physicals track health changes over time
Your annual physical evaluates your current health, but Dr. Challa and our team use that information to predict your health going forward. We give you practical tips to improve your well-being and talk with you about your risk of chronic health issues.
Preventing diseases is more effective than treating them after they’ve become serious, and getting routine physical exams helps Dr. Challa monitor your health over time.
Our team evaluates your risk for diseases such as:
- Cardiovascular disease (heart disease)
- High cholesterol
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)]
If you already have a chronic condition, your annual physical becomes an essential part of your care plan.
Many chronic conditions can’t be cured, but regular care can minimize symptoms and complications. We partner with you to manage your prescriptions and recommend lifestyle changes to improve your health and your quality of life.
No matter your current health, regular physical exams are essential for optimal wellness. Schedule your next physical online or call the Lenox Medical Clinic office nearest you today.