Annual checkups are an essential part of your health and wellness. Advantage Healthcare Specialists provides these important exams to patients in Buffalo Grove, Lake Zurich, and Arlington Heights, Illinois, and their surrounding suburbs. Routine physicals are critical in diagnosing health issues in the earliest stages and starting treatment when it is most likely to be effective. If you’re overdue for your annual checkup, call Advantage Healthcare Specialists to set up a visit. Online scheduling is also available, making it easy to find a convenient appointment time.
This all-too-common approach is flawed in a number of ways. To begin, there is far more to healthy living than simply addressing health problems after they begin to show symptoms. Sustaining optimal health is an ongoing process, one that’s facilitated by routine checkups.
During your visits, basic data about your health is collected. Those readings are used to build your comprehensive medical record. That enables your doctor to identify even minor changes over time, which can be the earliest signs of serious health problems.
Identifying health issues early vastly improves the efficacy of many treatment paths. In fact, even some of the most serious health problems can be cured through early and aggressive treatment. Your routine checkups are sometimes the only way a problem can be identified in the early stages.
Your checkup appointment may begin with a discussion of your health history and any changes you’ve noticed since your last visit. This is also your opportunity to ask any questions you have about your health.
Wondering if you should add supplements to your routine? Looking for the best exercises for joint pain? Curious about the latest diet trend? These are all questions you can ask during your checkup appointments.
A physical exam is also part of the process. You can expect an assessment of:
Your provider may also check your neurological function, skin, joints, and genitals during the exam. You may notice changes in your exams as time passes. Everyone has different health needs as they move through the aging process.
If your checkup reveals any cause for concern, your doctor will discuss the next steps during your visit. You may need additional screening, imaging, or blood work to determine if disease is present.
In some cases, your exam may suggest that you should take action to improve your overall health in an effort to stave off illness. If lifestyle modifications can help, those changes can be discussed during the visit.
Very often, losing excess weight, spending more time engaged in physical activity, and improving your diet can lead to measurable improvements. Sometimes changes like spending more time with friends and family and fewer hours in front of the television or computer can boost health and wellness.
If you’re overdue for your routine checkup, book an appointment with Advantage Healthcare Specialists online or call to speak with a team member. There’s no better time than now to make your health a priority.