Annual Exams Specialist


Internists & Primary Care Practice located in Crest Hill, IL & Downers Grove, IL

Maintaining annual physicals helps medical professionals monitor and detect health conditions early on, when they’re easier to treat. At Premium Healthcare, the team of medical providers offers annual physicals, a critical part of your preventive care. They evaluate your risk of developing serious conditions and perform standard checks on vital functions like blood pressure and cholesterol. If it’s time for your annual physical, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment at either the Downers Grove or Crest Hill, Illinois, office.

Annual Exams Q & A

Why are annual physicals important?

Annual physicals are so important because they help your provider monitor your risk of developing certain health conditions. They also can uncover diagnoses early on, when serious health issues are easier to treat effectively.

What does an annual physical consist of?

Your provider will usually perform routine checks on your body’s most vital functions, including:

  • Heart rate
  • Respiratory rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol

They may also perform visual exams and routine checks on your head, chest, stomach, and nervous system functions like talking and walking. In some cases, they may opt for additional screening measures like blood samples for lab tests.

However, the specifics of your physical exam may depend on a variety of factors, including:

  • Age
  • Medical history
  • Family history
  • Lifestyle choices

Men and women get different standard checkups. For example, men need regular prostate screenings and testicular exams, while women need pelvic exams and Pap smears to check for cervical cancer risk.

Annual physicals are a good opportunity to evaluate how your lifestyle choices impact your overall health. Based on your results, your provider can recommend adjustments to your routine that can vastly improve your health.

How should I prepare for my annual physical?

In some cases, your provider may warn you ahead of time about fasting in advance of a blood test. However, for the most part, there isn't much preparation involved. You should be prepared to discuss any allergies you have, any medications you are taking, and any recent symptoms of any kind you may have noticed before your physical.  

Also, if you have any questions about your overall health, your physical is the time to ask your provider. Feel free to come prepared with questions.

What happens after my annual physical?

If you are in good overall health, you may not need to come back until your next annual physical. If your physical exam reveals anything of note, your provider will recommend when to schedule a follow-up visit to begin additional screening, incorporating a treatment plan, or monitoring your condition.

If you need to schedule your next annual physical exam, call or use the online booking tool today and set up an appointment at either the Downers Grove or Crest Hill, Illinois, office.