Annual Physicals

Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA

Family Medicine located in Harlingen, TX

Physical exams are an important part of primary care and chronic disease prevention. Routine exams can alert you to health problems early on when they respond best to treatment. At the practice of Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA, family medicine physician Jason Peters, MD, and Victor Gonzalez, PA-C, provide annual physicals to people of all ages. To make an appointment at the practice in Harlingen, Texas, call the office today or click the online booking feature.

Annual Physicals Q & A

What are annual physicals?

An annual physical is a routine check-up that assesses your general health and well-being. It’s an essential part of any doctor’s visit that’s tailored to your age, medical history, and individual needs.

You don’t need to be sick or experiencing symptoms to request an annual physical. It’s important to visit the doctor regularly even if you feel healthy. 

Many life-threatening issues, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes, don’t always present obvious symptoms, so you might be at risk and not realize it.

What do annual physicals involve?

At Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA, annual physicals are a multi-step process:

Discussion of your health history

At the beginning of the visit, your provider reviews your medical history and asks if you have any concerns about your health. Then, they ask a series of questions, including how often you exercise, the amount of sleep you get each night, and if you smoke or drink alcohol. Your provider also reviews your vaccination status and updates your records as necessary.

Checking your vital signs

Next, your provider checks your blood pressure, measures your height, weighs you, and listens to your heart and lungs. If they detect anything unusual, like an abnormal heartbeat, they might order additional tests, like an electrocardiogram (EKG).

Physical examination

Then, your provider examines your skin, looking for anything abnormal, like an asymmetrical mole or bumps. Next, you lie down on an exam table and your provider gently presses on your abdomen to assess the size, location, and condition of your internal organs.

Laboratory testing

Afterward, your provider has you sit up and they order a series of laboratory tests based on your age and health history. Some of the most common lab tests include urinalysis, complete blood count (CBC), metabolic panel, and lipid panel.

Immunizations 

Immunizations teach your body’s immune system to identify and destroy invaders like viruses or bacteria. Some vaccines are required every year (like the flu shot) while others are only necessary at certain times. 

Preventive screenings

As you get older, you’re also more likely to experience certain medical conditions. Preventive screenings like Pap tests, breast exams, and prostate exams can catch potentially serious issues like cervical cancer or breast cancer early on, reducing the risk of complications.

Who needs an annual physical?

Anyone who wants to live a long and healthy life should invest in an annual physical. Meeting with your primary care physician at least once a year is one of the easiest ways to preserve your well-being for the future.

To learn more about the benefits of annual physicals, make an appointment at the practice of Jason Edward Peters, MD, PA, by calling the office today or scheduling online.