Why Not to Delay Scheduling an Annual Health Physical Another Day
Some people only go to the doctor when they’re feeling sick. They think, “Why bother spending time in the health center if nothing is wrong?” What you might not realize is that an annual health physical is a critical part of maintaining your short- and long-term health and well-being.
Physicals are Essential to Your Health and Wellness
Yearly health physicals are the perfect opportunity to touch base with your health care professional to discuss how to live a healthier lifestyle. Your doctor or nurse can diagnose and recommend treatment for health issues you may be experiencing. During your appointment, you will be able to ask questions or voice any concerns you may have about your health and wellness.
By getting in the habit of scheduling a yearly physical, you will develop a relationship with your health care provider, who you can use as a resource throughout the year.
The Benefits of Keeping Up with Regular Check-Ups
Even if you feel great, that’s no reason to skip your annual visit to your community health center. There are many benefits to scheduling your health physical today, including:
- Detecting health issues early, which increases your treatment options and the likelihood of a positive outcome
- Monitoring existing conditions
- Staying current on tests and vaccinations
- Learning new lifestyle habits to increase longevity
At your annual check-up, your health professional will be able to detect, treat, and prevent chronic illnesses, including:
How to Prepare for Your Annual Health Physical
To get the most out of your health center visit, you’ll want to make a few preparations in advance.
Write Down a List of Topics to Discuss
Whether you are dealing with a nagging cough or would like more information about a medication’s side effects, putting your thoughts in writing beforehand will help ensure you don’t miss anything.
Create a List of the Medications You’re Taking
This list should include prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, dietary supplements, and any herbal remedies that you are currently taking.
Make Sure Your Personal Information is Up-to-Date
In addition, be prepared to make updates to any of your personal information, such as a new address or phone number, if they’ve changed since your last visit.
Ask a Loved One to Join You (If Permitted)
Going to the community health center can sometimes be a little unnerving. Having a loved one there for support will help you feel more comfortable and they can also take notes to make sure nothing is forgotten. Before your appointment, double-check current COVID-19 policies, which may restrict patients from bringing guests.
When (and How Often) You Should Schedule a Physical
Even if you feel 100%, you should still have a health physical at least once a year, depending on your age and current health status.
However, if you’re older than 50, it’s best to visit your doctor twice a year, at minimum. And if you have a chronic disease, you should think about scheduling medical check-ups three to four times a year to ensure you remain in good health.
Family Health Centers is Your Community Wellness Resource
If you haven’t had your 2022 health physical yet, now is the time to schedule one! Family Health Centers’ team of compassionate professionals provides affordable, quality health services to all members of the community.