Attending an annual physical exam helps your practitioner detect an illness or disease before it becomes serious. As part of preventive medicine services, the experienced practitioners at Esperanza Hope Primary Care in Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona, offer annual exams for men and women, children’s physical exams, sports physicals, and DOT physicals to optimize patient health. Schedule your next physical exam with Esperanza Hope Primary Care by phone or online today.
A physical exam is a medical examination your provider completes each year, or more often when necessary, to ensure you or your child is in good health. Screening that takes place during a physical exam helps detect medical problems before serious complications arise.
What you can expect during a physical exam varies based on your age, gender, and health:
During a child's physical exam, your doctor reviews your child’s medical history and completes a head-to-toe exam to make sure they are healthy. They check your child’s vital signs, evaluate growth and development, and offer vaccinations if you choose. During a sports physical, your doctor makes sure your child is healthy enough to participate in sports activities safely.
During a women’s wellness exam, your practitioner thoroughly reviews your medical history and checks your vital signs. They complete a physical exam, which includes a pelvic exam and a Pap test when necessary.
During a Pap smear, your provider inserts a speculum into the vagina to obtain a sample of cervical cells. A technician uses the tissue sample to screen for cervical cancer. Your doctor may also complete a breast exam or recommend a mammogram to screen for breast cancer.
A men’s health exam is like a women’s wellness exam, but your doctor screens for prostate and testicular cancer instead of breast and cervical cancer. They check your vital signs, complete a head-to-toe examination, and screen for common chronic diseases and illnesses.
In men and women, your practitioner may use using blood tests or other diagnostic tools to screen for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, osteoporosis, and other signs of chronic diseases. Your doctor might recommend a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer after you’ve reached a certain age.
During a Department of Transportation (DOT) exam, they make sure you’re healthy enough to complete your assigned job duties and meet DOT requirements.
After your exam or blood test results arrive, your provider discusses your options including which treatment, if any, is right for you. If your hormone levels are outside of a healthy range, they might recommend hormone replacement therapy. If you’re overweight, they offer an HCG medical weight loss program with an on-site nutritionist.
After a kid’s sports physical or DOT exam, your provider signs off on paperwork necessary for school sports participation or DOT job eligibility.
In general, schedule a physical exam once a year. If you have a chronic disease, your doctor lets you know how often to schedule follow-up check-ups to manage the disease properly.
Don’t let medical conditions go undetected and progress to serious complications. Schedule a physical exam with Esperanza Hope Primary Care by phone or online today.