Preventative medicine is the key to maintaining a healthy you! If you are not already in the habit of doing so, it’s extremely important to schedule a yearly check-up with your doctor. Our providers recommend a complete physical exam annually to stay on top of all the important aspects of your healthcare. Your annual physical is about preventative maintenance and may include testing your blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and other routine cancer screenings. Should your annual exam reveal any issues that need follow-up, your provider will meet with you to discuss further testing or the proper course of treatment. Many insurance companies waive your co-pay for preventative visits once a year.
Often times your health conditions require close monitoring; therefore your provider may need to evaluate you on a more routine basis, such as a 3 or 6 month follow up. Labwork or diagnostic testing may also be required at some of these visits.
If you are currently not feeling well or experiencing any symptoms of potential illness or disease, you should schedule an appointment immediately. The best way to manage your health is by keeping an open dialogue with your doctor. Don’t wait until a small issue becomes a big problem or until an ache becomes severe pain. Early detection is key to keeping you healthy in the long run.