Partners In Wellness
Joseph W. Price, M.D.
Comprehensive Family Medicine & Integrative Holistic Medicine located in East Mount Airy, Philadelphia, PA
Annual physicals are the most important health visit of the year. Though you’re not sick, this comprehensive exam gives Joseph Price, MD, at Partners In Wellness an opportunity to fully assess your overall health. Dr. Price takes a personalized approach to care, spending the time necessary to fully understand your current and future health needs. To schedule your annual physical, call the office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, or request one online today.
What are annual physicals?
Annual physicals are comprehensive examinations that allow Dr. Price to fully understand your overall health. Though you can expect a thorough visit when you come in for sick care, the annual physical is different.
During this exam, Dr. Price evaluates your physical and emotional well-being, assessing your current health and screening for issues or concerns that might affect your health in the future.
Why do I need annual physicals?
You need an annual physical because it establishes your baseline health for the year. It determines your current health status, giving you an opportunity to create changes to maintain or improve your future well-being.
You also need annual physicals because the examination includes important health screenings. Finding and treating health problems during the early stages may improve your response to treatment and prevent other problems that might affect your future health.
Annual physicals also benefit your patient-practitioner relationship. Dr. Price believes that true healing is a joint commitment between patient and practitioner.
Your annual physical gives you and Dr. Price an opportunity to get to know each other and develop a more trusting relationship that leads to better health. The more trust you have in your practitioner, the more likely you are to share your health concerns so you get effective and timely care.
What happens during annual physicals?
Dr. Price takes a personalized approach to care, and the specifics of your annual physical depend on your age and health needs. However, you can expect a comprehensive exam.
He starts by reviewing your medical history, current health concerns, usual diet, and daily activities. Dr. Price then does a physical exam, checking your:
- Vitals: Blood pressure, heart rate, temperature
- Body composition
- Vision and hearing
- Eyes, nose, ears, and throat
- Skin and joints
- Internal organs
- Lab requisition including urinalysis
- Fecal Occult Blood Testing (over 45 years)
- Electrocardiogram (if indicated)
Dr. Price runs lab work to check the health and function of your organs.
Your annual physical also includes health screenings, such as a blood sugar check for diabetes and blood pressure measurement for hypertension. Depending on your age and risk factors, Dr. Price may suggest a colon cancer screening.
Partners In Wellness also performs well-woman exams and may include Pap smears to check for cervical cancer and breast exams with a mammography order to screen for breast cancer.
For men, Dr. Price may perform a prostate exam and run a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test to check for prostate cancer.
After your examination, Dr. Price spends time talking to you about your health and works one-on-one with you, developing strategies and plans to promote wellness and prevent disease.
Call Partners In Wellness, or request your annual physical online today.