Annual Physical Exam

Annual Physical Exam

Annual Physical Exam services offered in Myrtle Beach, Piedmont and Spartanburg, SC

An annual physical exam is one of the best ways to safeguard yourself from developing severe health problems like heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. United Physician Group offers annual physical exams at their offices in Douglasville, Conyers, and Hampton, Georgia, and Piedmont, Columbia, Myrtle Beach, and Spartanburg, South Carolina. Enjoy peace of mind knowing that your exam will detect any health problems so that you can get expert treatment early on. Call your nearest United Physician Group office today to book your annual physical exam, or use the online form to request a consultation.

Annual Physical Exam Q & A

What is an annual physical exam?

An annual physical exam is a yearly meeting with your doctor at United Physician Group. The exam is a vital part of your preventive care, identifying health problems before they start causing effects you can’t reverse.

Why should I have an annual physical exam?

Many people only see their health care provider when they’re sick or in pain. But you can save time and energy and avoid considerable suffering by preventing ill health.

Some disorders, like high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol, cause no symptoms. Meanwhile, your blood vessels suffer severe damage that can trigger a heart attack or stroke. Many other conditions, including Type 2 diabetes and cancer, don’t make you sick until they reach an advanced stage.

At your annual physical exam, your United Physician Group doctor determines if you have any warning signs of disease. If you have health problems, your doctor can provide the proper treatment.

What happens during an annual physical exam?

An annual physical exam begins with your doctor reviewing your medical history and asking about any current health problems. Tell them if you’ve noticed anything new, like unexpected weight loss or increased joint pain.

Your doctor weighs you and works out your body mass index (BMI). A BMI score compares your weight and height to determine if your weight is within a healthy range. Your doctor also does basic health checks like:

  • Measuring your blood pressure
  • Listening to heart and lung sounds
  • Feeling your abdomen
  • Recording your pulse and respiration (heart and breathing rates)
  • Taking your temperature
  • Testing your reflexes

Next, your doctor examines your body in detail. They look for areas of pain, limited movement, and visible swelling or discoloration. They check your skin, hair, and nails and look at the whites of your eyes. They also use lighted devices to look into your throat, ears, and nose.

During the physical exam, your doctor observes how well you move, react, and respond to questions. They can detect early signs of problems like dementia and mental health conditions as they talk to you. They also take blood to test in their on-site lab.

In addition to annual physical exams, United Physician Group offers Medicare annual wellness visits for seniors and well-woman exams.

Call United Physician Group today for more information on the benefits of annual physical exams, or schedule your visit online.