Annual physical exams should be an essential part of your preventive healthcare plan. At Peninsula Healthcare & Wellness Center, Kevin Calhoun, MD, Shelly Calhoun, FNP-C, and the team offer yearly physicals to assess your overall health and wellness. The team also uses physical exams as an early detection tool to identify underlying issues that can lower your quality of life. If it’s been longer than a year since your last physical exam, call the office in Torrance, California, today to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online.

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What are physical exams?

Physical exams are routine, preventive screenings that ensure your body is functioning optimally. These exams can also identify warning signs of underlying health issues before you have any symptoms.

Peninsula Healthcare & Wellness Center offers comprehensive physical exams on-site to monitor your health and track changes that develop from year to year.

Your annual physical is also a great time to ask questions about your health and learn ways to improve your wellness.

How do I prepare for a physical exam?

Before your initial exam at Peninsula Healthcare & Wellness Center, you should list all medications you’re taking, including the type, dosage, and reason for taking them.

If you have any of your medical records, bring them to the exam. You should also write down any questions or concerns you have about your health to discuss them with the team.

In some cases, you might receive instructions before your appointment to prepare you for your exam. The team may recommend not eating or drinking for several hours or not taking certain medications before your visit if you need blood work or other diagnostic screenings.

On the day of your physical, wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring along any information you have about your health.

What happens during physical exams?

During your physical exam, the Peninsula Healthcare & Wellness Center team learns about your health history and reviews your current health and lifestyle.

They physically examine your body, checking for areas of pain, inflammation, and other abnormalities. Throughout your physical, the team notes important information about your health, such as your:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Reflexes
  • Skin health
  • Heart health
  • Lung function
  • Blood pressure

You may also need blood work or other diagnostic testing to identify your risk factors for chronic health issues like high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

After your physical is complete, the team can recommend strategies like medically supervised weight loss that help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, improve your diet, and manage stress. If you have underlying health issues that require treatment, the team can refer you for additional testing or treatment with a specialist.

To schedule a physical exam, call Peninsula Healthcare & Wellness Center today or book an appointment online.