What are annual wellness visits?
Annual wellness visits are routine reviews of every aspect of your health, where your provider at AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge can check your vital signs, discuss any symptoms you may be experiencing, and run tests to check for any signs of disease.
Do I need to attend an annual wellness visit if I feel fine?
If you’re normally healthy and don’t tend to visit your primary care provider very often, an annual wellness check is essential to look for any signs of health conditions that would benefit from early intervention.
For example, a blood glucose test can tell your provider whether you have a condition called prediabetes, a reversible prequel to full-blown type 2 diabetes. By identifying your raised blood glucose, your provider can help you to make any changes necessary to manage the sugars in your blood and avoid the risks and complications of becoming diabetic.
An annual wellness check forms part of your ongoing care if you have a chronic health problem as well, enabling your provider to see how well you’re coping with long-term health issues and whether there are any indications that you’re developing additional health problems.
What happens at my annual wellness visit?
When you visit AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge, your provider is going to carry out a series of checks, tests, and examinations that should pick up any indicators of health problems. There isn’t a standard procedure for an annual wellness exam, but your doctor is likely to include tests and examinations such as:
As well as these general tests and examinations, your provider also carries out some additional tests according to whether you’re male or female. Men have their testicles, penis, and prostate checked and a hernia exam. Women have breast and pelvic exams, and a Pap smear and HPV test to screen for cervical cancer. Testing for STDs is also available if you’re sexually active.
If you haven’t had a wellness check for a year or are due for one soon, call AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Woodbridge today to arrange your exam, or book an appointment online.