An annual physical is a routine examination performed by your primary care provider. It allows them to assess your overall health and well-being and to catch medical concerns before they develop into serious problems. Board-certified internist Farah Khan, MD, FACP, at Millennium Park Medical Associates in Greenwood Village, Colorado, encourages her patients to request annual physicals so they remain on top of their health. Call the practice or book an appointment online today.
Before your physical begins, Millennium Park Medical Associates asks you to complete a confidential patient survey that covers topics like:
The answers to these questions give Dr. Khan an excellent base from which to start your physical examination.
An annual physical is a comprehensive health review. During your appointment with Dr. Khan, she checks the following areas:
Dr. Khan assesses your general appearance, inspects your eye health, listens to your heartbeat, and may run blood tests if needed.
Dr. Khan feels your abdomen to check for tenderness or muscle rigidity, and may listen for bowel sounds.
Dr. Khan manipulates your muscles, bones, and joints, and tests your reflexes. She may also observe you seated and moving to gauge how comfortable you are and whether you have any postural issues.
Dr. Khan assesses your mental awareness, speed of thought, motor function, balance, and sensory responses.
Dr. Khan documents your blood pressure, respiratory rate, pulse rate, temperature, height, and weight.
Dr. Khan also takes a general look at your skin tone and pallor and conducts a head, eye, ear, nose, and throat exam.
Physicals including screening for diseases and health disorders you’re at risk of developing based on your age and medical history. Dr. Khan may screen you for:
Early detection can be lifesaving. If you have any concerns about chronic diseases, discuss them with Dr. Khan, even if you’re not high risk.
Dr. Khan may recommend you have a physical for several reasons, including monitoring changes in your overall physical health, checking for diseases or medical conditions, and determining whether you need further tests. You may also need a physical as part of your employment.
A physical provides you with confidence that you’re taking control over your health and well-being. If you’re overdue for an annual wellness check, call Millennium Park Medical Associates or book an appointment online today.