It’s easy to think just skipping going to the doctor is fine if you’re feeling fine. But did you know that a recent tracking poll indicates that while 92% of Americans think annual exams are good, only 62% typically get them? There are many reasons why it’s important to take time to go to your wellness exams for preventative care and early detection of issues. Regular communication with your doctor and routine wellness exams are important for a long, healthy life.
Having a doctor that can tailor their exams to your individual needs makes all the difference in preventing and detecting medical problems. Dr. Jerry Davis and Dr. Kasey Murphy of the Boat Club Medical Spa can offer personalized, quality wellness care and help give you peace of mind.
Why they’re so important
It is much easier to treat medical issues when you catch them early. Getting ahead of such dangerous medical issues as cancer, heart disease and diabetes can literally save lives. Wellness exams can help with detecting these and many other possible problems. The preventive benefits of the wellness exam mean you can catch problems as they happen, identify risks, and discuss possible lifestyle changes to avoid any potential issues getting worse.
What you can expect in your exam
Consultations before and during a wellness exam generally determine things like family and personal medical history, as well as a basic examination of your general appearance for any obvious signs of potential problems. And while wellness exams are based on the individual as a whole, there are many typical screenings to expect in a checkup. These include:
- Blood pressure
- Blood tests
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Physical exam
- Hearing and vision
As you get older, colon cancer, prostate, and breast cancer screenings will be more frequent and necessary as the risks increase with age. Smoking can also play a role in what screenings to expect, as well as any gender-specific issues.
How often should you get wellness exams?
Typically, wellness exams are annual, but if specific problems are detected, you may have periodic visits in six-month intervals either with your regular doctor or you may be referred to a specialist. This mainly depends on the results of your exam. Age, family history, and pre-existing conditions are all important factors in determining how often you see your doctor for wellness exams and follow-ups.
Whether you’re feeling fine or not, it’s important to have regular wellness exams to detect, prevent, and monitor any medical issues you might have. Call or make a web appointment so that Dr. Davis and Dr. Murphy at Boat Club Medical Spa can help you with your wellness exam today.