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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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Santa Monica, CA 90404



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