Annual Physical Exams

Annual Physical Exams Specialist
Maintain your health by visiting WellessenceMD in Schaumburg, Illinois for annual physical examinations. At WellessenceMD, patients throughout the northern and western Chicagoland areas can obtain physical health assessments, screenings and guidance to improve overall well-being.

Annual Physical Exams Q & A

Why are annual exams necessary?

Annual exams with a trusted provider are essential for monitoring and maintaining health. Dr. Nance and her team build long-term relationships with their patients so that they can stay up to date on any changes or developments. Most annual exams follow a standard routine and will begin with collecting the patient’s medical history and discussing any changes to the patient’s health regarding illnesses, lifestyle, and general wellbeing. The clinician will also perform a physical exam to evaluate the person for signs of any medical conditions or illnesses. These exams help to prevent conditions from worsening and ensure that treatment can begin in the earliest stage if a condition is found. When a disease is discovered early, it is usually much easier to treat or cure. If any immunizations or boosters are needed, the team at WellessenceMD will make sure they are administered.

What are annual exams?

Annual exams are when routine screenings are performed. As people age, their bodies naturally change and may become more susceptible to certain health conditions which can often be detected with routine screenings. The annual physical exam is an excellent opportunity to discuss which treatment plans or screening procedures are relevant for each individual patient.

What's included in annual exams?

Some of the screenings that are carried out for adults include:

  • Yearly skin assessment
  • Blood pressure, cholesterol, and BMI assessment
  • Need for a colorectal cancer screening
  • CT screening for lung cancer in the age range 50-80 with greater than a 30 pack per year smoking history, or for those who have quit in the last 15 years or are current smokers.

 

Some screenings specific to men include:

  • Testicular cancer screening
  • Hernia screenings
  • Depending on risk, prostate cancer screenings
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening for men between the ages of 65-75 who have ever smoked.

 

Female specific tests include:

  • Yearly breast exam with mammography screening when appropriate
  • Pap smear screening when appropriate
  • HPV evaluations during PAP testing should be done every three years after a woman becomes sexually active
  • After age 65 you can dismiss the need for a PAP if the last three have been negative or you have had a hysterectomy
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