A Plus Medical
Internal Medicine Physicians located in Takoma Park, MD
Annual physical exams are a critical part of maintaining your overall health. Many organizations, including the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Medicare, and some employers or sports teams require them to ensure you have a clean bill of health. At A Plus Medical in Takoma Park, Maryland, internal medicine specialist Eric Aigbedion, MD, and Bunmi Adewunmi, CNRP, provide physical exams so you can get the screenings, advice, and care you need to live your healthiest life. Use the online scheduler or call to set up your appointment today.
Physical Exams Q & A
Why do I need an annual wellness exam?
An annual wellness physical serves as the foundation of your preventive health care. Regardless of your age or perceived level of health, a physical exam provides important information to you and your doctor. These visits are an opportunity to get a snapshot of your health that builds on your overall health history. Wellness exams can help prevent disease and ensure you get the care that keeps you functioning at peak levels well into your old age.
Many chronic conditions, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol, have no outward symptoms. Without routine screenings, you may not know you have these manageable diseases until they manifest as a serious health incident such as a stroke or heart attack. If you wait until you have serious symptoms, you miss the opportunity to treat it early – when interventions are far less invasive and usually more successful.
Why might I need a physical exam?
In addition to general wellness exam, A Plus Medical provides physicals for:
- United States Citizenship and Immigration Services green card certification
- Medicare physicals
- School or college physicals
- Adult sports physicals
Some places of employment also require you to have a physical to make sure you’re in good enough health to perform certain duties, such as operating heavy machinery.
What happens during a physical exam?
At the start of your exam, a nurse gathers basic health data, including your blood pressure, weight, temperature, height, and heart and lung function.
You provide information about your health and family health history, as well as any details about recent medical changes or symptoms.
The doctor’s exam includes a general look at your appearance, including your skin health. He’ll check your reflexes and motor functions, listen to your heart, examine your throat and thyroid, and check your abdomen.
Do I need lab tests during a physical exam?
A Plus Medical provides a convenient in-office lab, so it’s easy to get routine tests done. Blood tests measure your cholesterol levels, thyroid function, and blood sugar levels. Specific tests to review your hormone levels and levels of inflammation may also be ordered.
The results of these exams become part of your medical record. They also show if you need treatment for a condition, such as hypertension or high cholesterol. Even if your blood tests are normal, the test results show a pattern. If, over time, you experience changes, the doctor can determine when medical intervention is necessary.
Don’t put off a physical exam. Call A Plus Medical or book your appointment using the online booking tool today.
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