You may think that annual physicals are just a quick checkup (or you may consider them a waste of time because you feel fine), but these exams pave the way to a lifetime of optimal health and wellness. At Benech Family Clinic, Yamil Benech Jimenez, FNP-BC, and the team offer comprehensive annual physicals, as well as school, work, and sports physicals. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Houston, Texas, or book online today.
Everyone over the age of three should schedule an annual physical. Before three years, infants and toddlers need well-child exams more often than once a year.
Even if you feel fine, you should still have a routine physical. These exams provide preventive care, giving you the best chance to stay healthy through exams that find the earliest signs of problems.
Whether you need an annual physical or a school physical, your provider updates your medical history and takes your vitals (weight, blood pressure, and heart rate). Then they complete a physical exam before deciding if you need further laboratory or diagnostic testing.
In addition to an exam, you can get many services during a physical, depending on your unique health needs. A few examples include:
During your physical, your provider also identifies and manages chronic diseases, like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease.
Yes, you can get a sports physical at Benech Family Clinic. Students who want to participate in school or community sports need to have a sports physical before they can play.
Sports physicals protect your child’s health by ensuring they’re physically able to engage in sports without risking harm to their body. In addition to checking vision, hearing, reflexes, and performing a general physical, a sports physical focuses on your child’s musculoskeletal health.
Your provider evaluates the strength, health, and movement of muscles, joints, and bones. They look for signs of overuse injuries and check any previous injuries to be sure they’re fully healed.
Sports physicals also include a heart evaluation. Though sudden death due to a heart abnormality is very rare in people younger than 35, it can happen to teens engaged in competitive sports.
Work physicals are similar to an annual physical, but employers require them to be sure you’re fit enough to do the job. What happens during your physical depends on what your employer requests. For example, your provider may need to check your heart, examine your musculoskeletal system, screen for movement and balance disorders, or check for hernias.
If you need a physical, call Benech Family Clinic or request an appointment online today.