Physical exams are required for many things in today's world. You may need one to obtain insurance, to be hired into certain jobs and to play sports, just to name a few. In most cases, requiring someone to have a physical exam is a safeguard to protect against any liabilities associated with pre-existing conditions. Our facility offers physical exams that meet many of the requirements put in place by those who ask for them.
Why Are Physical Examinations Important?
Physical exams are important because they help to uncover health conditions that may put a person at risk for certain activities. Many times, when a person goes in for an annual physical they find that they are completely healthy. There are times, however, that a physical exam may turn up conditions that would have otherwise gone undetected. Early discovery and detection allows you to receive treatment during the earliest stages of the illness, preventing your condition from worsening. Physical exams can also uncover subtle changes in your metabolism that can indicate possible health changes in the near future.
How Often Should You Get A Physical Exam?
The common rule of thumb is to have a physical examination every year. The majority of medical professionals recommend yearly physical exams as a way of staying ahead of potential health issues as well as maintaining good health.
Physical examinations should not be confused with healthcare screenings. Prostate exams, mammograms, cholesterol and diabetic screenings are not considered general physical exams. A screening monitors one specific aspect of the body and its processes. For individuals who are in otherwise good health, physical exams may only be needed every 2 or 3 years, but preventative screenings are recommended on a yearly basis.
The Benefits of Having a Regular Physical Exam
Having regular physical exams offers many benefits to people who choose to have them. Not only do they help to uncover illnesses in their earliest stages, they also help to monitor physical changes as the body ages. For women, this could mean discovering changes in bone density that leads to osteoporosis and various forms of arthritis. Yearly examinations can also detect changes in how the heart functions and how the circulatory system performs. It can also detect changes in how the body metabolizes blood glucose and the increased risk of diabetes or other serious health conditions. At Twin Oaks Urgent Care in Friendswood, TX we are happy to provide you with regular physical examinations. Contact us today at (832) 569-4390 for more information!