The Importance of Having an Annual Physical — Even if You Feel Fine

Having an annual physical at NY Family Docs is one of the best things you can do to protect your health, giving you peace of mind that your overall wellness is being well looked after. Even if you’re feeling great, these visits play an important role in ensuring that you stay that way by having a vigilant medical team in your corner.

Prevention is Paramount

The CDC recommends annual physicals for several very important reasons: Preventing potential health care concerns through an annual check-up saves you time, energy, and money compared with treating a disease that’s been allowed to progress. 

Your annual physical is one of the best practices when it comes to preventive medicine, which refers to identifying risk factors early in order to make treatment more effective. By getting a regular annual exam, we can track changes in your body by monitoring your health year over year. 

During an annual physical, one of our primary care specialists evaluates your health and your well-being from a broad perspective. These exams give us the chance to identify concerning signs that could indicate an underlying problem and, more importantly, head them off before they become far larger issues. 

Your physical is also a great time to share information about your personal and family medical histories, as well as your lifestyle and habits. This allows us to provide you with better guidance moving forward. 

What you can expect during your physical

During your exam, we conduct a number of tests to check your physical health inside and out. These assessments typically include:

If you already have existing health conditions or an increased risk of developing them, we may perform additional tests that are specific to conditions like diabetes and heart disease. 

We also will offer you an annual flu shot to keep you feeling safe and well protected for the year to come. This is especially important with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Finally, your annual physical provides you with a great opportunity to bring up any health care concerns you may have, such as losing weight.

One and done 

Our team focuses on offering top-quality care and developing a personal relationship with you, and we understand that your time is limited. While we aim to ensure you have all the tests and evaluations you need in one visit, we can also schedule follow-ups as needed. 

The bottom line is that you have everything to gain from keeping up with your annual physical, so don’t delay any longer. 

To get started, call one of our ten convenient offices in Brooklyn or Queensbook your appointment online, or send a message to the team here on our website.

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