Physical examinations are a critical aspect in maintaining a healthy life. At Nu Wave Medical, Dr. Sekhon takes pride in working directly with you to stay on top of your health needs and ensuring her patients understand the importance of an annual physical.
What is a physical examination?
A physical examination is a common and routine evaluation that is performed by Dr. Sekhon to gauge your overall health and well-being. A physical examination typically involves reviewing your medical history, lifestyle behaviors, vital signs, and general appearance. Certain areas of your body will also be examined in-depth, such as your heart, lungs, abdomen, head, and neck. If you’ve recently undergone any procedures, such as surgery, the results will be reviewed during a physical examination.
It’s a great opportunity to discuss any long term issues or new symptoms that may have popped up. Depending on your health, Dr. Sekhon may recommend some additional tests.
Top 5 reasons to make an annual physical examination
There are many reasons to maintain an annual physical examination, but some of the most important are:
- Identify issues with any aspect of your health that could become serious concerns in the future.
- Check for potential disease or other serious illnesses so you can be treated early, reducing potential impact.
- Ensure that your diet is in good standing and you’re maintaining a proper exercise routine.
- Make sure that all your immunizations are up to date.
- Establish and enhance your relationship with Dr. Sekhon.
While annual physicals are important for everyone, they become even more important as you age. Particularly once you’re 50 years old or older.
How to prepare for a physical examination
Ensuring that you’re properly prepared for your physical examination will help you and Dr. Sekhon get the most out of your appointment. Items that you should be ready to discuss include:
- A list of any symptoms that have developed since last being examined.
- The results of any recent medical testing that you’ve had done.
- A list of medications and/or supplements that you’re currently taking. This includes over-the-counter medications as well.
- Contact information for other health care professionals that you’re seeing, such as a psychologist or physical therapist.
- A list of any implanted devices you have, like a defibrillator or pacemaker, and a copy of the front and back of the device card.
If you don’t already have an annual physical examination in place and would like to schedule one, call us today to book an appointment with Dr. Sekhon for a consultation.