Wellness Medicine McKinney
Sunila Philips, MD, FAAFP
Family Medicine & Medical Spa located in McKinney, TX
Maintaining optimal health means taking the right preventive measures and working closely with your team of health care providers. Fortunately, Sunila Philips, MD, FAAFP, and the team at Wellness Medicine McKinney in McKinney, Texas, provides comprehensive physical exams for adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. Call Wellness Medicine McKinney to schedule an appointment or book online today. Telehealth appointments are also available.
Annual Physicals Q&A
Why are annual physicals so important?
Far too many individuals only see the doctor when something goes wrong. This approach fails to acknowledge the many benefits of annual physicals. One of the most important reasons to come in for an annual physical exam is to build a comprehensive medical record.
Each time you have an annual physical, Dr. Philips collects information on your weight, breathing and heart function, blood pressure, and other physical observations. That data is entered into your medical record.
Over time, your medical record shows a picture of your overall health. It also establishes a baseline, so if you begin to experience symptoms or changes, Dr. Philips can compare your current health to your health history. Your medical record also shows trends over time, making it easier to identify if any potentially dangerous changes are taking place.
What kind of screenings are available during an annual physical?
As you move through the phases of life, you’ll need certain screenings to check for signs of disease. Many diseases respond best to treatment when caught in the early stages, so screenings are essential, even if you’re healthy.
Some conditions that can be identified with regular health screenings include:
- High blood pressure
- Skin cancer
- Colon cancer
- Gynecological cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Lung cancer
- Heart disease
Dr. Philips can guide you toward the most appropriate screenings for your age and sex.
Can I get vaccinations during my annual physical?
Vaccinations are an essential part of preventive health care, and if you have gaps in your vaccination record, it can leave you at risk of harm. Dr. Philips can review your vaccination record to see if any vaccines are needed to get you up to date.
Some common vaccines available during an annual exam include:
- Combination tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis
- Hepatitis B
If you have any questions about immunization, don’t hesitate to ask during your annual exam.
What can I do to prepare for my annual physical?
Your annual physical is an opportunity to focus on your health and wellness, and taking a few simple steps ahead of time can help you make the most of your time with Dr. Philips. Begin by creating a list of any medications or supplements you’re taking.
You should also share details pertaining to any allergies or sensitivities you’ve noticed, as well as the health conditions you’ve been treated for in the past. Be prepared to discuss your mental health, family health history, and overall lifestyle.
Dr. Philips can partner with you to improve your health and wellness when she’s aware of your diet and exercise habits, as well as if you smoke, consume alcohol, and engage in risky behaviors at home or in your free time.
If you’re ready to come in for a thorough annual exam, call Wellness Medicine McKinney or request an appointment online today.