Annual Exam

Desert Wells Family Medicine

Family Medicine located in Queen Creek, AZ

Desert Wells Family Medicine makes preventive health care a priority. At its Queen Creek, Arizona, office, the team offers annual exams to evaluate your health and identify the early signs of disease that may complicate your long-term wellness. The team takes an integrative approach to routine health care and offers a variety of customized services to ensure your body is functioning optimally. Schedule an annual exam online now or by calling Desert Wells Family Medicine today.

Annual Exam Q & A

Why do I need an annual exam?

Annual physical exams are an important part of preventive health care. You should schedule a routine exam each year, even when you aren’t sick, which allows the Desert Wells Family Medicine team to evaluate your overall health.

The goal of your annual exam is to ensure your body is functioning normally and to note any changes in your health from year to year.

Annual exams are also a great time to get caught up on necessary vaccinations and to discuss any questions or concerns you have about your general physical and mental health.

Why happens during an annual exam?

During your annual exam, your practitioner reviews your personal and family medical history and takes the time to listen to any changes you’ve had with your health since your last visit. They also discuss your job, lifestyle habits, and diet, and eating patterns to get a better understanding of your health needs.

Your physical exam allows your practitioner the opportunity to note important information about your health, such as:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Heart rate
  • Lung function
  • Blood pressure
  • Body temperature
  • Overall skin health

The Desert Wells Family Medicine providers also check the body for abnormalities, like swelling, tenderness, and limited range of motion.

After your exam is complete, your provider discusses your results and offers recommendations for lifestyle modifications, dietary changes, or medical treatment to improve both your short-term and long-term health.

Is blood work needed at an annual exam?

After a review of your personal and family medical history, your provider may determine you need blood work to screen for chronic diseases that may be hereditary or acquired.

You may benefit from preventive screenings through on-site blood work for conditions like:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Organ dysfunction

If you have existing symptoms or pain, your provider can identify infections and other conditions through routine blood tests.

Depending on your gender, you may also need additional health screenings as part of your annual exam, including a pelvic exam and Pap smear for women and a prostate exam for men.

If it’s been more than a year since your last annual exam, schedule an appointment today at Desert Wells Family Medicine by phone or with the online booking feature.