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Annual Physical Exams

Annual Physical Exams services offered in Naples, FL

Annual physical exams are the foundation for comprehensive preventive care that keeps you healthy with age. At Internal Medicine Partners in Naples, Florida, Alejandro Blanco, MD, Ralph Rodriguez, MD, and their team of internal medicine providers perform thorough physical exams for all adults. The practice has onsite diagnostic testing services for your convenience, allowing you to receive a full spectrum of care under one roof. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more. 

Annual Physical Exams Q & A

What are annual physical exams?

Annual physical exams are yearly health screenings that help detect early signs of disease. Their goal is to maintain your health as you age. These comprehensive evaluations include a complete medical history review and physical assessment to create a full picture of your total health.

A physical exam also allows your doctor to identify lifestyle habits, genetic health risks, and other factors contributing to health problems. These routine visits allow doctors to offer personalized advice and recommend preventive measures that encourage you to take a proactive role in your health care. 

What are the main benefits of annual physical exams?

Annual physical exams offer many benefits for your physical, mental, and social well-being. Important benefits of physicals include:

  • Provide a baseline for your overall health
  • Gain professional guidance on diet and lifestyle habits
  • Prevent chronic diseases and illnesses
  • Assess your risk of developing certain conditions
  • Receive personalized health recommendations
  • Monitor chronic conditions and slow their progression
  • Identify signs of mental health concerns
  • Reduce stress

These routine visits also help establish a strong doctor-patient relationship, which encourages you to discuss your health concerns and ask questions more openly.

What happens during annual physical exams?

The specific components and procedures of the exam may vary depending on your age, gender, medical history, and any specific health concerns you may have. Most annual physicals include a few main parts:

Vital signs

Each exam begins with recording your height, weight, and vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, and temperature.

Medical history review

Your doctor reviews and updates your medical history after asking questions about new or worsening symptoms, changes to your health, and any medications you’re taking. They may discuss your family history, allergies, past illnesses, injuries, and surgeries.

Physical exam

This head-to-toe exam involves looking into your eyes, ears, nose, and throat. Your doctor also listens to your heart and lungs and palpates (touches) your abdomen. They may also test your reflexes and muscle strength. 

Testing and screenings

If your doctor determines you need blood work, urinalysis, or imaging scans, they can order the appropriate tests and perform them in-house. They may also recommend additional health screenings like cholesterol checks or women’s health exams.

Call Internal Medicine Partners today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.