Annual Physical Examination
General Practitioner Mr. Robert Tomsett PA-C offers Annual Physical Examination for a list price of $249
This offer is for an Annual Physical Exam.
This could be for school, work, or just general knowledge and wellness and is highly recommended for everyone concerned about being healthy.
An Annual Physical generally consists of the following elements:
- History Taking where you fill out forms that your care provider will review and discuss with you and become part of your medical record
- Oral History Taking where you and the medical team will discuss your medical history and status in greater detail - Physical Examination
- Standard Testing, in office
- Basic lab tests
- Discussion of on-going care and treatment options
This process can take up to an hour including documentation and coordination of care with other providers.
Additional Information About This Offer:
Why get an Annual Checkup?
Having a regularly scheduled physical exam can provide many benefits that we may not think about in our everyday life. The exam is so important that insurance companies generally recommend an annual exam and may even waive the annual deductible.
Peace of mind -knowing that you are in good health gives you confidence which can lead to less stress and more relaxed living
Early detection – most diseases manifest before there are any physical symptoms. For diseases with long progression periods (certain cancers, heart disease, etc.) early detection key to beginning treatment and conquering an illness.
Prolonged life – along with early detection comes the increased possibility of a prolonged life especially if problems are found and treated quickly.
Allows you to monitor “unseen” health issues – your blood pressure, cholesterol levels or heart disease, to mention only a few. Comparing your physical exam results from year to year will show where you are improving, and where you may need help.
Care provider-patient relationship – establishes a relationship with your primary care provider to turn to when more serious problems arise.
Don’t wait until an issue comes up before you Google search or telephone your insurance company to find a care provider.
The Annual Physical Exam
For some people, the annual physical examination is a source of reassurance that they’re as healthy as they feel. Others see it as an alarm system, to catch health problems before they become serious. “Getting a check-up” is frequently required by many companies and insurances today but is also valuable to the person who wants to be and stay healthy.
What can you expect from your annual physical exam?
Annual Physical Exam:
The Basics: Listening
We begin by listening to your reason for obtaining a physical exam. There are many different reasons for the visit and although some of the exam parts are the same, your care provider will customize the exam to meet your individual needs.
You should mention any concerns or goals with your health. It’s important to speak openly about important behaviors, like smoking, alcohol use, sexual health, diet, and exercise. The provider will also check on your vaccination status and update your personal and family medical history.
These are some vital signs checked by your healthcare provider- Blood pressure: less than 120 over 80 is a normal blood pressure. High blood pressure (hypertension) is defined as 140 over 90 or higher.
- Heart rate: Values between 60 and 100 are considered normal although many healthy people have heart rates slower than 60.
- Respiration rate: Between 12 and 20 is normal. Breathing more than 20 times per minute may suggest heart or lung problems.
- Temperature: 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average, but healthy people can have resting temperatures slightly higher or lower. A fever is not present until the temperature is over 101.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
- General Appearance: Your provider gathers a large amount of information about you and your health just by watching and talking to you. How is your memory and mental quickness? Does your skin appear healthy?
- Heart Exam: Listening to your heart with a stethoscope, a doctor might detect an irregular heartbeat, a heart murmur, or other clues to heart disease.
- Lung Exam: Using a stethoscope, a doctor listens for crackles, wheezes, or decreased breath sounds. These and other sounds are clues to the presence of heart or lung disease.
- Head and Neck Exam: Opening up and saying “ah” shows off your throat and tonsils. The quality of your teeth and gums also provides information about your overall health. Ears, nose, sinuses, eyes, lymph nodes, thyroid, and carotid arteries are also examined. - Abdominal Exam: The provider can use a range of examination techniques including tapping your abdomen to detect liver size and presence of abdominal fluid, listening for bowel sounds with a stethoscope, and palpating for tenderness.
- Neurological Exam: Nerves, muscle strength, reflexes, balance, and mental state are assessed.
- Dermatological Exam: Skin and nail findings could indicate a dermatological problem or disease somewhere else in the body.
- Extremities Exam: Your doctor will look for physical and sensory changes. Pulses can be checked in your arms and legs. Examining joints can assess for abnormalities.
Male Physical Exam An annual physical exam for men might also include:
- Testicular exam: A care provider can check each testicle for lumps, tenderness, or changes in size. Most men with testicular cancer notice a growth before scheduling an examination.
- Hernia exam: The famous “turn your head and cough” checks for a weakness in the abdominal wall between the intestines and scrotum. (The actual reason you turn your head is so you don’t cough on the doctor.)
- Penis exam: A provider might notice evidence of sexually transmitted infections such as warts or ulcers on the penis.
- Prostate exam: Inserting a finger in the rectum lets the provider feel the prostate for its size and any suspicious areas.
Female Physical Exam A woman’s annual exam might include:
- Breast exam. Feeling for abnormal lumps may detect breast cancer or benign breast conditions. The care provider will also check the lymph nodes in the underarm area and look for visual abnormalities of the breasts.
Mr. Tomsett may order certain basic lab tests
- Complete blood count Screening test for diabetes and lipid panel
- Chemistry panel Urinalysis (UA) (urine pregnancy test for females)
- Thyroid function tests
- A lipid panel (cholesterol test) is recommended every year. Abnormal cholesterol levels increase the risk for heart attacks and strokes.
For your convenience, staff will draw your blood on the premises without the need to go to a remote laboratory.
Our Physical Exam Emphasizes Prevention
The annual physical exam is a great opportunity to refocus your attention on prevention and screening: At age 50, it’s time to begin regular screening for colorectal cancer. People with immediate family members with colorectal cancer may need to be screened before age 50. For most women, age 40 marks the time to begin annual mammogram screening for breast cancer. Everyone should have their cholesterol (lipids) checked every five years after age 20, according to the American Heart Association. Healthy behaviors work far better than medicine at preventing illness, and don’t require a prescription: Do 30 minutes of brisk walking or other exercise, most days of the week. Your risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer will fall dramatically. Eat a mostly plant-based diet, low in animal fats. Above all, don’t smoke.
We try to make your annual physical exam as efficient and pleasant as possible by providing services like EKG, blood labs, etc.
Keeping up a good relationship with your provider through regular visits is a widely recognized and valuable part of maintaining good health.
Please don’t hesitate to call us at 615-599-6868 if you would like to schedule a visit or you can do this online by clicking Book an Appointment link on the top of the page!
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