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Preventive medicine, (also known as wellness checkup, annual physical, or Medicare checkup) focuses on preventing diseases when possible, detecting diseases early, and promoting health and well-being. It aims to reduce the risk of developing diseases or conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, by identifying and addressing risk factors and promoting healthy lifestyle choices.

Children need regular well-child visits to track their development, get their immunizations, and find health problems early when they’re usually easier to treat.

Preventive Medicine Q&A

What are wellness visits?

Wellness visits, which you might call checkups, are visits to your physician that examine your overall health. You should come in for wellness visits even if you’re perfectly healthy and avoid risky behaviors because a wellness visit can detect signs of disease or health complications very early in their development.

During your wellness visits at Germantown Pediatric and Family Medicine LLC, the team goes over your health history and your family’s health history. They also ask for updates on your personal habits and wellness. They use the information from this initial discussion to tailor your visit to your individual health needs.

Each wellness visit includes a physical examination as well as other tests and services that give your providers a more detailed view of your health. With regular wellness visits over time, you can examine trends in your health and become more in tune with what your body and mind need to stay well.

What does a wellness visit include?

Wellness visits have multiple parts. The main component is a physical exam, which includes numerous testing steps and checking various body parts and symptoms. Then, you might move on to more in-depth and personalized tests toward the end of your visit.

Generally, at a wellness visit, you can expect the following: 

  • Height and weight measurements.
  • Vitals measurements, including heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure.
  • A visual exam.
  • Ear, nose, and throat exam.
  • Skin exam.
  • Reflex check.
  • Immunization updates.
  • Relevant screening tests.
  • Discussion of your lifestyle and habits.

Finally, once the examinations and testing are complete, Germantown Pediatric and Family Medicine LLC provides you with an individualized health plan to follow. It might include diet changes, more exercise, skin care, smoking cessation, and other practices. 

How often should I come in for wellness visits?

Most experts agree that people should visit about once a year for wellness visits. This allows your providers to keep up with the changes in your life and offer the health support you need through all of life’s phases. They examine you for signs of disease that you might overlook.

If you have particularly high health risks for any reason, your providers might adjust your wellness plan to include more frequent visits than just an annual exam.

Don’t skip your next wellness visit. Schedule over the phone or online at Germantown Pediatric and Family Medicine LLC today.

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