What is a physical?
A physical is an evaluation your doctor conducts to assess your physical health and is an essential part of your healthcare. Your doctor uses the information gathered during your physical to create a health care plan.
Premier NW Houston Medical Group takes a patient-centered approach to care and provides recommendations to help you make the necessary lifestyle changes that support health, prevent disease, and improve your overall quality of life.
Do I need an annual physical exam?
Yes, you need an annual physical. Even if you’re in good health, you should schedule a physical exam at Premier NW Houston Medical Group every year.
This comprehensive exam not only provides your doctor with a general foundation of your overall health, but also helps establish a more trusting patient-doctor relationship. The more trust you have in your doctor, the more likely you are to share your health concerns so they can provide you with the best care possible.
What can I expect during a physical?
Your physical at Premier NW Houston Medical Group is comprehensive. During the exam, your doctor reviews your medical history, medication and supplement use, and your general health concerns.
Physicals typically include a full-body exam and blood tests, as well as other testing your doctor may suggest based on your unique situation. They also take note of any new developments since your last physical.
Using the information gathered during your annual physical exam, your doctor develops your treatment plan for health and wellness. If needed, they may recommend updating your vaccinations. Your doctor may also provide lifestyle counseling and education about diet and exercise.
Physicals help identify conditions that can be prevented, managed, or otherwise handled in their early stages. If you have risk factors for certain conditions based on your lifestyle, family history, or diet, your doctor at Premier NW Houston Medical Group works with you to develop a plan to stay on top of your health.
What can I expect during a well-woman exam?
The Premier NW Houston Medical Group team includes experienced internal medicine physicians who also specialize in women’s health. During a well-woman exam, your doctor reviews your medical and gynecological history, as well as your medicine and supplement use. They also review any specific health concerns you may have.
Your doctor then conducts a physical and pelvic exam. They may also recommend various screenings, such as a Pap smear for cervical cancer and a breast exam. The team also offers contraceptive counseling services to aid women in family planning.