Annual Physical Exams Specialist

Harrison Medical Group

Internal Medicine & General Pediatrics located in Harrison, NJ

One of the easiest ways to stay in good health is to participate in an annual physical exam. At Harrison Medical Group, primary care providers Joseph Anton, MD, and Alice Coscia, ANP, provide annual physical exams to people of all ages. These routine checkups can alert you to potentially serious issues and prevent them from getting worse. To make an appointment, call the office in Harrison, New Jersey, or click the online booking feature today.

Annual Physical Exams Q&A

What is an annual physical exam?

An annual physical exam is an important aspect of preventive care. It’s a routine checkup that assesses your physical and neurological health. 

You don’t have to be sick or experiencing any unusual symptoms to benefit from a physical exam. In fact, Harrison Medical Group recommends scheduling one every year, even if you feel healthy. 

What happens during an annual physical exam?

At Harrison Medical Group, a physical exam features several steps, including:

Check of your vital signs

At the beginning of a physical exam, your provider measures you, weighs you, and listens to your heart and respiratory rate. 

Discussion of your health and lifestyle

Next, your provider asks about your general health. Some of the questions they might ask include, how often do you exercise? Do you smoke or drink alcohol? Are you experiencing any unusual symptoms? And do you take any medication? 

Answer your provider’s questions honestly. Your feedback provides important information about your physical and mental health.

Physical exam

After gathering the necessary information, your provider conducts a physical exam. During the exam, they assess your skin for any unusual moles or growths; check your ears, eyes, nose, and throat; test your reflexes; and gently palpate your organs.

Sex-specific screenings

Your provider also conducts sex-specific screenings. If you’re a woman, they might recommend a Pap smear and a breast exam. If you’re a man, they might recommend a prostate and a testicular exam. These preventive measures can alert you to potentially serious conditions, like cervical cancer or prostate cancer. 

Immunizations

Immunizations teach your body’s immune system to identify and destroy invaders like viruses and bacteria. The type of immunizations that will most benefit you depends on several factors, including your age and medical history.

Laboratory work

Before you leave, your provider also orders lab work. These tests analyze samples of your bodily fluids, like urine, blood, or saliva, to diagnose underlying medical issues like hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, or high cholesterol. 

Are annual physical exams covered by health insurance?

Most health insurance plans provide coverage for annual physical exams. Even so, every insurance provider is different. If you have questions about your policy, contact your insurance provider before making an appointment at Harrison Medical Group.

If it’s time for your next annual physical exam, make an appointment at Harrison Medical Group by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.