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5 Significant Benefits of Routine Physicals

5 Significant Benefits of Routine Physicals

We all get busy and often put taking care of ourselves at the bottom of our list. If we feel good and have no health issues, a physical exam gets pushed down the list even farther. However, if we’re rundown or have health issues, everything comes to a halt. Then you’re thinking, how did I get sick?

Taking the time to schedule a routine physical has benefits in the long run. It can prevent health issues from starting and keep us feeling good if we’re already in good health. It’s important to note that many health conditions have few or no symptoms until they are advanced. 

A routine physical at Wasatch Peak Family Practice can help you detect these conditions early on when they’re easier to treat and manage. The compassionate and experienced family doctors at Wasatch Peak Family Practice in Layton, Utah, share the significant benefits of staying on top of your health by scheduling a routine physical.

Stay on schedule for important screenings and tests

Depending on your age, gender, family history, and medical history, your doctor will recommend cancer screenings that can save your life. Regular screenings such as mammograms and colonoscopies, and other tests can, for example, detect skin cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer in their early stages, when they’re most treatable.

Get adult vaccinations

Vaccinations aren’t only for kids. In addition to yearly flu shots and now possible COVID-19 boosters, there are other vital vaccines you should stay on top of to stay healthy and avoid sickness. For one, there’s the shingles vaccine, of which you need two doses in your 50s. Also, some of the protections you’ve had from childhood vaccines wane as you get older. You’ll need a Tdap vaccine to protect against whooping cough if you didn’t receive one as a child or a Tdap booster, even if you did, every ten years.  

Catching health conditions early

Your doctor can best detect many chronic diseases. High blood pressure, for one, is known as the silent killer because it often has no symptoms but can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and heart failure. The best way to measure your blood pressure is at your annual exam.  During your routine physical, your provider can note if there have been any changes to your health since your last physical that may signal a problem or a disease at its earliest stage. 

Develop a trusting relationship with your doctor

Discussing your health is a personal conversation. You may be reluctant to share your problems with a friend or family member. Seeing your doctor every year at your routine physical is a great way to develop a relationship where you feel comfortable discussing intimate details of your physical and mental health.  

Get all your health questions answered 

Instead of turning to Dr. Google for your health information or answers to your health-related questions, it’s better to turn to a professional. You can save all your questions and concerns for your routine physical and get answers from a trusted source.
Ready to schedule your routine physical? Call Wasatch Peak Family Practice to make an appointment or request one online.

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