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What is an Annual Physical?

An annual physical is a once-a-year trip to the doctor to check on your overall health and wellness. It provides an opportunity for your physician to catch any diseases or conditions early on before they cause you pain or illness. It’s also a chance for your doctor to hear how you are sleeping, eating, or doing overall.

Checkups for Healthy & Unhealthy Patients

Both those who feel healthy and those who feel unwell should see their doctor at least once a year. For those who are unwell, a check-up gives them the chance to voice their concerns to their doctor one-on-one. No amount of medical research or self-diagnosis can offer the expertise that a simple check-up can provide.

For healthy people, an annual physical provides the opportunity to build a relationship with your doctor. Your primary care physician is the most qualified doctor to take care of you because they know your history. If you have spent any amount of time with your physician, then they have a deeper understanding of your needs and health than other care professionals. The more you build that relationship, the better your care will be overall.

The Power of Preventative Visits

The key point of an annual physical is to prevent health issues. Part of the routine will be to examine your current habits and health and see where improvements could be made. By making small health corrections early on, your primary care physician can save you thousands in treatment and care after the fact.

Through annual visits, patients can improve their diet and exercise routine to extend the length and enhance the quality of their lives. Not only that, but under the Affordable Care Act, many preventative measures are low-cost, or even free to the patient. Procedures like vaccinations or immunization shots are easy to handle within the doctor’s office and can keep you from seeking care in more dire circumstances.

If you are interested in seeing a primary care physician or would like to schedule an annual checkup with one of our experienced doctors, be sure to contact Monterey Park Hospital!

This article contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice and should not be treated as such. The information is not intended to replace the advice or diagnosis of a physician.

If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.