Annual Physicals Specialist
Maybe it’s time for your annual physical, or maybe you’ve never had one. The doctors at First Physicians, are superb at delivering comprehensive medical care for all your health needs, including conducting your annual physical. First Physicians has 3 locations to serve you in Odessa, Texas at East University, Wendover and Westview. If you need an annual physical and are looking for an experienced doctor who cares about you and your health, call First Physicians for an appointment.
Annual Physicals Q & A
An annual physical is a yearly check-up with your doctor and typically includes a measurement of your vital signs; blood pressure, pulse, respirations, temperature, respiratory rate and pulse ox (pulse oximetry), a painless way to check the amount of oxygen in your blood. Your doctor will do a full physical examination of your head — eyes, ears, nose, throat, and neck — followed by an examination of your chest, lungs, heart, and abdomen. Men will get prostate and testicular exams and women will get breast and pelvic exams. Your doctor will check your skin for growths relating to skin cancer and also check your reflexes.
Many physicals will include an EKG (electrocardiogram) to check the electrical activity of your heart and labs — bloodwork — for blood count, cholesterol levels and a blood chemistry panel. A urinalysis is commonly ordered to assess your kidney functions. Adults that smoke may also get a chest X-ray.
The doctors at First Physicians feel it’s important to monitor your child’s health on a regular basis to catch any medical problems that may be developing sooner, rather than later.
Physicals for infants, children and teenagers will involve:
- Growth and overall development is assessed
- Vital signs measured
- Blood and urine testing
- Routine vaccinations according to recommendations for the patient’s age
- Safety, family and school concerns are discussed
- Healthy diet and exercise strategies are taught
- Emotional health is assessed
- Medical advice given to the parent and child where appropriate
Generally, a CBC (complete blood count), chemistry panel and UA (urinalysis) are performed. Your doctor will discuss your results with you. Other tests may be performed depending on your age, gender, family history and your personal medical history.
What will my First Physicians doctor do with all this information?
Your First Physicians doctor will make an assessment of the results of his tests and assessments and discuss any areas of concern with you and how you can improve them. Patients needing weight loss, chronic condition control, or help with breaking smoking or drug habits will be given information and referrals to help them make healthy changes for overall wellness.