Annual Physical Specialist

UrgentMed

Urgent Care & Family Medicine located in Davie, FL & Plantation, FL

Is it time for your annual check-up? Look after your health and get seen quickly at UrgentMed, an urgent care center with locations in Davies and Plantation, Florida. UrgentMed offers affordable, comprehensive annual physical exams for patients of all ages. Book yours today over the phone or via the convenient online booking tool.

Annual Physical Q & A

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What happens during an annual physical exam?

When you come into UrgentMed for your annual physical, your health care provider starts by discussing your health history and lifestyle, and asking you if you have any concerns you’d like to address. If you’re a parent accompanying a young child, your provider talks to both of you at the same time.

Next, they check your vitals, including your:

  • Blood pressure
  • Temperature
  • Heart rate
  • Respiration rate (how many breaths you take per minute)

Following your vitals check, your doctor conducts a few different exams, including a:

Lung exam

During a lung exam, they listen with their stethoscope as you take big breaths. The goal is to make sure that your lungs are healthy, and that your breath isn’t rattling, wheezing, or crackling. Sounds like these suggest possible illnesses, like bronchitis.

Heart exam

During your heart exam, your doctor listens to your heart for an irregular beat and heart murmurs.

Head and neck exam

During this portion of your annual physical, your doctor examines your throat and tonsils, gums and teeth, ears, nose, sinuses, and eyes.

Abdominal exam

During the abdominal exam, your doctor taps on your stomach, checking your liver size and abdominal fluid, and looking for tenderness.

Other possible exams include a neurological exam, extremity exam, and dermatological exam.

Does everyone get the same physical?

Depending on your age, sex, and health history, your annual physical is different. Women usually also receive a breast exam and pelvic exam. Meanwhile, annual exams for men typically include a:

  • Testicular exam
  • Penis exam
  • Hernia exam
  • Prostate exam

If you’re of a certain age, or you’re at risk for conditions like diabetes, your doctor adjusts your annual physical accordingly. For example, if you’re at risk for heart disease, they may order a lipid panel to check your cholesterol.

If your child is receiving the annual physical, your doctor also makes sure that they’re up to date on all their vaccinations and booster shots.

Why do I need an annual physical?

Annual physical exams focus on prevention and health maintenance. So, they’re important even if you feel healthy.

Knowledge is power. If you learn at your exam that you’re in great health, you can feel empowered to carry on with your current lifestyle. If you find out that you have some potential health issues, or you have an illness, you can make strides towards wellness.

No matter your age, annual physicals should be a part of your routine. Get yours today by calling UrgentMed or using the online booking tool.