Ensuring that you are healthy and preventing any medical conditions from becoming worse is very important. The best way to do this is to visit the doctor annually for a physical exam. For most patients the exam will follow a standard routine and will begin with collecting the patient’s medical history. The doctor will also evaluate the person for signs of any medical conditions or illness. These exams help to prevent conditions from worsening and ensure that treatment can begin in the earliest stage if a condition is found. When a disease is discovered early, it is usually much easier to treat or cure. Vital signs will also be taken to help the doctor get a picture of your overall health. Tests performed may include:(if family history or patient's personal history warrants additional cancer marker and Genomic testing)
The doctor will administer and immunizations or boosters as needed by the patient.
When individuals get older, their bodies naturally change and more screenings will be required to ensure everything is functioning properly. Additional tests used for older adults include:
For men tests also include:
For women tests also include:
If any concerns arise these tests and other should be performed right away and continue regularly until symptoms are no longer present or treatment is complete.
Additional preventive service offered at Prima Health Clinic are Immunizations. Below is just an outline of the Immunizations highly recommended.
Young Adults: Completion of the Childhood Immunizations: MMR, Tdap or TP, Polio, Hep A&B
Male & Female (Age 11-26): HPV Vaccine
Everyone: Influenza Vaccine (Yearly)
Anyone over age 60: Zoster Vaccine
Anyone over age 65: Pneumococcal Vaccine (2 doses)
All tests and procedures which are necessary for diagnosis or during the screening purposes will be discussed with each patient by the doctor. Many health conditions do not present symptoms and regular screening can prevent medical conditions from going undiagnosed and untreated, resulting in more severe illness.