You diligently get your oil changed and ensure that your annual memberships are up to date each year, but don’t forget about your all-important health. In fact, think of your annual physical as re-upping your membership in good health.
At Forest Urgent Care LIC and Forest Hills, New York, our team of health care providers offer complete annual physicals, helping our patients stay one step ahead of their health. Not to mention, these yearly visits afford valuable peace of mind knowing that you’ve got an experienced team in your corner who’s monitoring your overall wellness.
Here’s a look at why you should start the new year off right by scheduling your annual physical.
Screening for great health
While there’s no such thing as a crystal ball when it comes to your health, we do offer valuable screening tools that check for certain warning signs, allowing us to intervene quickly. And with most medical issues, the earlier we can catch a problem, the better.
For example, during your annual physical, we can screen — or arrange for you to be screened — for a number of serious health problems, including:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Sexually transmitted diseases
- Respiratory illnesses
In most cases, these screenings are fairly simple, especially given the valuable information they provide. We also take the time during these visits to make sure your immunizations are up to date.
Taking charge of your health
In addition to screening, our medical providers spend a good deal of time reviewing your unique medical history and lifestyle during your annual physical, which allows us to recommend certain adjustments that will benefit your health.
As an obvious example, if you smoke, our provider can help you come up with a plan to quit. Or if you have prediabetes or diabetes, there’s much our team can recommend to help you better manage the condition. As a final example, if you’re struggling with your weight, our team is here to help guide you toward the steps you need to take to offset the health implications that can come with carrying extra weight.
In other words, isn’t it better to take a proactive approach to your health, with our guidance, rather than seeking our medical expertise after a medical problem takes hold?
During your annual physical, there are certain boxes that we automatically check off, such as recording your vital statistics or taking blood and urine for lab work-ups. While these are terribly important for establishing a baseline of your health, your annual physical is also a time when you can ask us any questions you may have regarding your health.
This one-on-one time with your doctor, outside of a medical crisis, is extremely valuable in educating you about your health. We take the time to listen to your concerns, and we follow up with information that will serve you well moving forward.
To schedule your annual physical, contact one of our two New York locations in Forest Hills or Hunters Point, Long Island City.