A physical exam is a complete assessment that allows your UnTo provider to track and monitor your health. This exam is a hands-on evaluation that visually assesses your physical health in addition to reviewing your medical history. Routine physicals help your health care team prevent disease and allows your provider to identify concerning symptoms or changes to your health, while also uncovering any underlying factors that could increase your risk of disease or illness. A physical exam is also an opportunity to connect with your health care provider. You can ask questions about your diet, lifestyle and any medications you are taking; which can help you make informed decisions about your health.
Physical exams primarily aim to prevent disease. Maintaining your health is more affordable, less invasive and gentler on your body than treating advanced disease or illness. Many chronic diseases are preventable with ongoing care. Common chronic conditions include:
Identifying early signs of diesease encourages you to take interventional steps before your condition progresses. For example, about 24% of Americans develop arthritis at some point in their lives. This progressive condition causes chronic joint paid and inflammation. Proper diet, exercise and medication can help preserve your joint health and prevent irresversible damage.
Physical exams typically include two important parts:
The details of your physical exam can change with age. Seniors require different health screenings than younger adults and vice versa. your provider uses the results of your physical to tailor your health care plan to meet your needs.