Many patients today consider the doctor’s office a place to go only in times of sickness or urgent need — but if you have an annual physical and follow your doctor’s preventive care recommendations, you may just be able to reduce the number of emergency visits that you’ll need every year. Jatin Bhatt, MD, and Chong Tak, MD, lead the experienced medical team at St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group in Lynwood, California, where they offer annual physicals for adults and children of all ages, so don’t hesitate to schedule yours today. Use the online booking tool to request an appointment or call the office now.
An annual physical exam is an overall health evaluation that can be customized based on your physical needs. In most cases, an annual physical with Dr. Bhatt involves checking your:
Dr. Bhatt conducts a whole-body check during a physical exam, and this may be different based on your sex and age. For example, men may need prostate cancer screenings starting in their mid-50s, and this can easily be included in your physical exam if needed. Women may need regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer starting at age 40, as recommended by the American Cancer Society.
At your appointment, Dr. Bhatt also discusses your and your family’s medical history while reviewing your current results. Depending on your health history, he might recommend further tests during your physical, such as a blood test or urinalysis.
Preventive health care simply means being proactive about your health by trying to minimize the risk of illness and disease. Your annual physical exam is an important aspect of your preventive health, as you'll typically discuss disease and illness prevention with your doctor at this time.
For example, if your history and your current health put you at risk for diabetes or another serious illness, Dr. Bhatt can help you take action now to avoid it. He can also help you manage any chronic diseases you’re currently dealing with.
Even if you're not at risk for illness, it's important that you follow the preventive medicine recommendations from Dr. Bhatt. Making those small changes now can pay off later in the form of continued good health.
There’s no need to prepare for an annual physical if you have no persistent symptoms or complaints. However, it’s important to come prepared with a list of questions if you have any. It’s also helpful to bring a list of the current medications you’re taking, so Dr. Bhatt can add them to your notes and keep an updated record.
If you’re due for an annual physical exam, call St. Francis Multispecialty Medical Group today. Request an appointment through the online booking tool or call the office to speak to a team member.