Annual Physical Exams Specialist
One of the best ways to stay healthy and prevent small medical issues from becoming overwhelming problems is to see your doctor for an annual physical exam. Dr. Joanne L. Rogers is a board-certified family doctor in Houston, TX who provides comprehensive physical exams and develops preventive care strategies to keep you as healthy as possible. Call the office today for an appointment.
What is the purpose of an annual physical exam?
In general, a physical exam gives Dr. Rogers an opportunity to:
- Check for possible diseases and determine a treatment strategy when necessary
- Identify concerning issues, such as excessive weight gain that may lead to future medical concerns
- Discuss the benefits of regular exercise and healthy nutrition
- Update immunizations
- Build a relationship with you
What’s involved in an annual physical?
The exam generally starts with a check of your weight, height, and vital signs, including temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and pulse rate. The doctor also asks specific questions about how you’re feeling overall. She reviews your medical history carefully regarding previous surgeries, significant injuries, or current medical conditions.
The exam itself is essentially a head-to-toe physical check that includes observation of your mobility, general appearance, and skin. Your head and neck, including your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth are assessed, followed by an exam of your chest, abdomen, and extremities. Along with palpation over various areas to check for underlying lumps or bumps, Dr. Rogers also listens to your lung, heart, and abdomen with her stethoscope. Your neurological status and health of your joints are also assessed with a series of simple checks, such as range of motion testing or reflex testing.
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