Importance of Annual Wellness Visits
By BIGGERS FAMILY MEDICINE, P.A.
February 25, 2020
Category: Family Medicine
Tags: wellness visits  

Developing illnesses is an unfortunate and inevitable part of life. Fortunately, visiting your family physician for regular wellness visits can safeguard you from experiencing the worst of these conditions. Get more information from Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL.

What are Annual Wellness Visits with Your Family Physician

These appointments generally include the following:

  • Physical exam

  • Immunization updates

  • Tracking child development

  • Identifying potential problems

  • Information on health trends

  • Nutrition and physical fitness recommendations

  • Managing emergencies and illnesses

You can also use this time to discuss specific children's concerns related to behavior, learning, and puberty.

Gender and Age Specifics

Your healthcare needs vary based on your age and gender. For instance, older women need bone-density tests and older adults, in general, are advised to undergo a colorectal cancer test. In contrast, younger women require pap smears regularly, and younger men are often examined for hernias.

Regular vaccinations are essential for all ages. The types of vaccinations vary over the years. To determine when to schedule specific vaccinations, refer to resources such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC provides the most up-to-date information regarding vaccinations based on age.

During your visit, the physician measures your blood pressure and BMI. Some physicians perform yearly blood tests to find out if you are at risk for potential problems such as high cholesterol or diabetes.

Scheduling Regular Check-ups in Brandon, FL

Your health should be a priority. Schedule regular check-ups to screen for potential problems. Before your appointment, make a list of any questions you have regarding your health. Ask for recommendations to specialists, including mental healthcare providers.

Bring a list of current drugs you are taking, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs, including nutritional supplements. Check with relatives if unsure about your family history.

To learn more about annual wellness visits, make an appointment with Dr. Joel Biggers and Dr. Elizabeth Biggers at Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, at (813) 655-4646.

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