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Annual Wellness Physical Exam

Yearly appointment with your primary care provider (PCP) to create or update a personalized care

  • 30 minutes

Service Description

The Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) is a yearly appointment with your primary care provider (PCP) to create or update a personalized prevention plan. This plan may help prevent illness based on your current health and risk factors. Keep in mind that the AWV is not a head-to-toe physical. Also, this service is similar to but separate from the one-time Welcome to Medicare preventive visit. Annual physical exams are one of the best forms of preventive care. They are instrumental in catching illnesses and conditions early before they start to negatively impact your life. Annual exams can also help you maintain healthy habits and strengthen the rapport between provider and patient, which can lead to more personalized care. What is an annual physical exam? Despite its name, an annual physical exam may be performed every one to three years, depending on your age and overall health. This exam is a preventive measure. It is meant to help you maintain good health and to uncover illnesses and other issues, so they can be treated before they become serious. At this appointment, you will also have an opportunity to discuss your health concerns and questions with a healthcare provider, who can give you the information you need to reach your health goals. What can I expect at an annual physical exam? During an annual physical exam, a healthcare provider will talk with you about your health history and perform a physical examination. They will typically check your vision, lungs, heart, abdomen, height, weight, bone structure, and musculature. A physical exam typically involves drawing blood for lab tests, the results of which give your healthcare team insight into what is happening in your body. Your healthcare provider will discuss your health goals, recommend preventive screenings, and answer your questions. Are annual physical exams necessary? Physical exams are not necessary annually for every person; however, maintaining good health requires regular medical checkups. Talk to your healthcare provider about the frequency they recommend. What should I ask my doctor at an annual physical exam? At your physical exam, talk to your healthcare provider about any new symptoms or concerns that have developed since your last appointment. You may also want to ask whether you are due for any vaccinations or screenings. Talk about your health goals: there may be new medications or new recommendations for lifestyle changes you could implement.

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