Family Wellness Exams in Columbia, MD
It is common practice for parents to bring their children in for annual health exams, but regular visits to a family doctor should also be scheduled for parents and grandparents. Well family visits are the most effective way to prevent the onset of illness, or to diagnose existing conditions before they progress to more serious levels.
Regardless of age, visiting a primary care doctor at least once a year can have a significant impact on your overall health and even improve your chances of overcoming serious conditions. To schedule an examination for you or your family, please call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
Annual Examinations for the Family
Tests and health screenings vary by the age of the patient, but there are several treatments that are performed regardless of your stage of life. For example, vaccinations such as tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) need to be maintained regularly. The following is a list of other exams that doctors perform during a typical every office visit:
- Eyesight and hearing test
- Heart and lung exam
- Oral health exam
- Neurological exams to test the nerves, muscle strength, reflexes, balance, and mental sharpness
Physical Exams for Children and Adults
Wellness exams for children include many of the same tests and treatments as the ones performed for adults. As a child grows though, doctors are also concerned with monitoring developmental milestones, and making sure that their height and weight increase at a consistent rate.
As a patient ages, a number of other tests become a standard part of annual wellness exams:
- Blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar tests
- Skin cancer tests
- Test for infections such as viral hepatitis
- Testing for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
Women should also have the following annual screenings:
- Pelvic exams
- Breast exams (mammograms)
- pap smear, for early identification of cervical cancer
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) (genital human papillomavirus) screenings
After the age of 40, men should consider annual prostate and colorectal exams for early detection of cancer.
Keep Your Family Healthy
The goal of preventive medicine is to stop certain medical conditions from occurring, and to identify serious issues early on so that treating them can be more effective. Wellness exams are a large part of this.
Whatever your age, visiting a family medicine doctor at least once a year is essential to staying healthy. To schedule an examination for you or your family, please call (410) 204-2254 or contact Dr. Karen Clarke-Bennett online.
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