What is an annual wellness exam?
An annual wellness exam is not a routine physical checkup, nor is it a visit focused on diagnosing symptoms or treating an existing condition. This visit is solely for the purpose of establishing a comprehensive record of your health history and identifying potential areas of future concern.
That process begins with an in-depth discussion of your health history. This includes any serious health problems you’ve encountered and which treatments you’ve tried in the past. Your doctor also asks about your family health history, as there are many medical issues that have a genetic component.
What can I do to prepare for my annual wellness exam?
One of the most important things you can do to make the most of your visit is to create a written list of any medications you’re taking or have recently taken, including the dosage and strength of each medication. Feel free to bring your prescriptions with you if that seems simpler.
Many medications carry a risk of serious side effects, and they can also cause problems when combined with other medications. It’s not uncommon for symptoms that suggest a health problem to be tied to reactions caused by medications. Having this information allows your medical team to find the right drug therapy to meet your needs without causing harm.
It can also be helpful to create a written record of previous medical issues and treatments. If your family has a history of health problems, try to recall the age that loved ones encountered struggles and how those problems were resolved.
Your immunization records can also be helpful. It’s not uncommon to have gaps in your immunization history. Very often those lapses can be addressed by administering the proper vaccines to get you up-to-date.
What is a health risk assessment?
A health risk assessment includes a check of your vital signs and basic health information. You’ll also be asked about your self-care habits and capabilities and your cognitive function.
This information is used to assess your risk of developing a serious health condition in the future. Your AllCare doctor will discuss the health concerns you should be aware of, and what steps you can take to prevent illness. You may need to schedule an upcoming visit to get recommended screenings.
During your health risk assessment, you’ll also receive a personalized wellness schedule. This is a list of screenings you should have over the next 5-10 years as part of your preventive care.
Call AllCare Family Medicine And Urgent Care of Arlington or use the convenient online booking feature to schedule an annual wellness exam today.