Annual Physical Exams
Annual physicals are an important part of preventive health care. At First Care Medical Clinic, a team of board-certified medical providers offers routine physicals to monitor your health each year. Our offices also provide a wide variety of specialized physicals, that comply with the health requirements and state or federal law, including sports physicals for children and teens and USCIS immigration medical exams. First Care Medical Clinic accepts a variety of insurance carriers at all five of our North Carolina locations in Monroe, Albemarle, Gastonia, and Charlotte, or our clinic in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
To schedule a visit, call the First Care Medical Clinic office nearest you or click the button below to book an appointment online.
Annual Physical Exam Q & A
What is an Annual Physical?
Connecting with your medical provider for a physical yearly check-up is a valuable part of your preventative health care plan. Annual physicals allow your doctor to examine and evaluate your overall health and wellness, even if you are not sick. During an annual checkup, you’ll have the opportunity to share any symptoms you are experiencing and your medical provider will access how well your body is functioning. Many chronic health conditions are not identified until the advanced stages, but a preventative health screening and physical exam can help your doctor detect the early signs of disease. A yearly physical exam can help you and your doctor identify potentially serious health issues in their earliest stages and provide treatment quickly to prevent a worsening condition.
What Happens at a Yearly Checkup?
During your annual physical, your medical provider will review your personal and family medical history, and discusses any new symptoms or changes in your health you’ve experienced since your last physical.
Your doctor will also physically examines your body, checking for abnormalities, like pain, swelling, or signs of infection, and examine important information about critical body functions, such as:
- Heart rhythm
- Lung function
- Blood pressure
- Height and weight
- Flexibility and strength
- Reflexes and overall range of motion.
If your doctor detects any health issues that need to be treated, they discuss your options during your appointment. Otherwise, you can expect to return to your usual routine with no limitations.
Can I Get Blood Work and Immunizations at My Physical?
If you have a family history of certain diseases, like diabetes or high cholesterol, you may also need additional health screenings and blood work. The First Care Medical Clinic offices all have on-site medical labs for quick test results.
First Care Medical Clinic also offers immunizations or vaccine shots for children and adults, including the seasonal flu shot. Annual physicals are a great time to ensure everyone in your family is up to date on vaccinations.
Can I Schedule a Specialized Physical Exam at First Care Medical Clinic?
Yes, in addition to annual exams and checkups, the First Care Medical Clinic team offers comprehensive, in-office physicals to meet the specific requirements of many organizations, including:
Can I Book a Pediatric Well-Child Exam?
First Care Medical Clinic offers family medicine services and well-checkups for children. Ensure your children are healthy and developing on track, even when they’re feeling great. The team also offers infant immunization appointments to protect your baby from contagious diseases like measles, hepatitis, and chickenpox.
The best way to manage your health and prevent chronic disease is to schedule an annual physical with a trusted medical provider at First Care Medical Clinic.