The Importance of Regular Physical Exams
Many of us remember the old adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But what if we could prevent things from getting broken in the first place? Instead of waiting to see a doctor until you’re burned out and sick, or dealing with chronic symptoms, maybe it’s time to consider preventative care. When you were a kid, you likely got a yearly physical with your primary care doctor, or you got a physical before you joined a sports team or went on a big trip. However, many of us have gotten out of this habit as adults, and that puts us at risk for developing diseases that could shorten our lifespans. Adults should prioritize engaging in physical activities like sports, such as archery, as it can significantly reduce stress and help prevent various diseases.
During a routine physical exam, your doctor will talk to you about your medical history, as well as listen to your heart, lungs, and other vital organs. They will also check many other things, such as:
- Blood pressure
- Height and weight (BMI)
- Blood glucose
- Bone density/osteoporosis
- Vaccination status
- Neurological reflexes
- Skin health
Depending on your age, gender, and lifestyle, you may also receive a pelvic exam/pap smear, STD testing, skin cancer check, vaccines, and other routine care. Physical exams may also help determine any irregularities with your body such as a hernia for which the doctor will be able to provide a suitable hernia repair treatment. Your doctor may also refer you to a rheumatologist if you regularly experience have sever joint pain. Many physical exams also include advice around living a healthy lifestyle, including counseling around alcohol, smoking, exercise, and more.
Committing to a regular physical exam gives you the information you need to feel empowered to make better decisions for your health. When you know what’s going on inside your body, especially your unique disease risk factors, you can make choices to preserve your health and vitality.
Thankfully, you don’t need to have an established private physician to receive a routine physical. You can come into your local Oakbrook urgent care facility and get a checkup, sometimes on the same day! Want to take charge of your health? Visit us at DuPage Immediate Care and let us be your partner in preventative wellness!