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The Importance of Physicals

The Importance of Physicals

If you are one of the millions afraid of going to the doctor than this is for you. No, I’m not here to tell you that you do not need to go but I am here to help ease your mind a little. While you might not like going, it is recommended that you go every year for something called a physical. A physical is the process by which a medical professional examines the body of a patient for signs of disease.  This is especially important if you’re a minority because you have a higher risk for diabetes, heart failure, high blood pressure, and stroke.This is also your chance to bring up anything that might be bothering you. Now that we have you knowing what a physical is, let’s go over some things that might be done during your physical.

 

The doctor will:

  • Take your history                                              
    • Take your vital signs
      • Blood pressure                                   
      • Heart rete                                          
      • Respiration rate
      • Temperature
  • Look at your general appearance
  • Listen to your heart and lungs
  • Examine your head and neck
  • Abdominal exam
  • Neurological exam
  • Skin exam
  • Extremity exam
  • Male/ female exam
  • Lab tests
    • Complete blood count
    • Chemistry panel
    • Urinalysis

I know this is a huge list and you are probably panicking about going to the doctors again. However, your medical professional may not do these exams and you have a right to refuse any part of the exam. Now that you have calmed down about this part you are probably wondering how you are going to pay for all of this. Have no fear thought because if you have insurance they will most likely pay for most of it. But what if you have Medicaid. No worries, they cover physicals too so all you need to pay is a small copay. Now pick up the phone and call to make your physical appointment today!

Resources

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/annual-physical-examinations#1

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/physical-examination

https://www.thediabetescouncil.com/the-prevalence-of-diabetes-in-minority-groups/

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/usr_doc/Mead_racialethnicdisparities_chartbook_1111.pdf


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