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Annual Physical Santa Monica, CA

There are several reasons you should consider getting a physical once a year. Physical examinations for youngsters are often required by schools, daycare centers, after school programs and for sports participation. Some employers require them before you can accept a job offer. Regardless of whether or not it is required, it is always a good idea to have a physical exam annually.

Your annual physical is a preventive health care service that helps detect problems before they have an opportunity to cause serious harm. Early detection of health issues is essential for the best resolution. The physical also provides an annual baseline for your health if a problem develops later.

Anatomy of a Physical Examination

A comprehensive physical exam includes an examination of your head and neck, including your ears, throat and nose. Organs in your abdomen are palpitated, and a neurological exam is given to test your reflexes. A dermatological examination may be administered to identify any skin abnormalities.

The male physical usually includes an examination for hernia and prostate health. Women undergo a breast and pelvic examination.

Lab Tests

Common lab tests during the annual exam include cholesterol and triglyceride blood levels to monitor heart health. Blood glucose is checked for the presence of diabetes. Your height, weight and blood pressure are also noted.

Some of your test results will be available immediately while others may take a few days or possibly weeks. Certain blood tests take longer. Pap smears and other tissue samples may also take longer. Results of these tests may be emailed to you, or the doctor may give you a phone call. Occasionally, a follow-up exam is needed, or the doctor may ask you to schedule an appointment for a consultation regarding treatments for conditions that need attention.

Improving Your Health

In most cases, the results of your physical will be normal. Better overall health can always be achieved through improved lifestyle whether or not you have health concerns. Two major improvements include quitting smoking if you are a smoker and losing those extra pounds if you are overweight. You can also improve your health by being active, getting plenty of rest, eating nutritious foods and reducing the stress in your life.

Contact our office today to schedule an annual physical with Dr. Michael.

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Brent J. Michael, MD

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Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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