Visiting a medical professional at least once a year for an annual physical is an easy and effective way to detect potentially serious health problems. At Optimal Health Medical Clinic, Lilian Laimo, APRN, FNP-BC, and the team offer annual physicals to people of all ages, from children to adults. To make an in-person or telemedicine appointment at the practice in Mesa, Arizona, call the office to speak with a friendly staff member today.
Annual physicals are routine doctor’s appointments that assess your physical and mental health. They present an opportunity to ask questions, discuss unusual symptoms, update your immunizations, refill prescription medication, and build a relationship with Lilian and the team.
It’s important to schedule an annual physical regularly, even if you feel healthy. After the age of 50, you’re much more likely to experience potentially serious health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
If you want to get the most out of your physical, it’s important to prepare in advance. Lilian recommends gathering the following items:
On the day of your appointment, wear comfortable, loose clothing and leave any excess jewelry at home. That will ensure Lilian and the team can fully examine your body.
Lilian and the team perform annual physicals on-site. The entire process typically takes less than an hour and requires no downtime. Here’s what to expect:
At the beginning of your appointment, a nurse takes your temperature, weighs and measures you, and asks about any symptoms you’re experiencing. They also ask about your lifestyle, including how often you exercise and if you smoke or drink alcohol.
Lilian begins a physical by assessing your skin and looking for any unusual marks or growths. Next, she has you lie down on an exam table and gently palpates your organs, inspecting their size, location, and consistency.
Next, Lilian uses a stethoscope to listen to your heart and respiratory rate. Then, she tests your reflexes and examines your eyes, ears, nose, and throat with a small light.
Lastly, Lilian orders a series of tests and screening procedures, including a complete blood count, thyroid panel, and urinalysis. If necessary, she might also update your immunizations or refill a prescription.
Once the exam is over, you can return to work or other normal activities right away.
Lilian and the team recommend scheduling an annual physical at least once a year. Many potentially serious health problems, including high blood pressure and diabetes present few obvious symptoms. Routine checkups can alert you early on when symptoms are mild and more likely to respond to treatment.
To learn more about annual physicals, make an appointment at Optimal Health Medical Clinic by calling the office to speak with a friendly staff member or clicking the online booking tool.