Annual Physical Specialist

NAG Clinics

Pediatrics & Family Medicine located in Texas City, TX & Pasadena, TX

Staying up-to-date with your physical and mental well-being is one of the most important things you can do. The experienced physicians at NAG Clinics in Texas City and Pasadena, Texas, can help you detect diseases and prevent further complications from any medical issues by performing an annual physical exam. For questions regarding your physical exam and specific tests the doctors may perform, call the NAG Clinics office nearest you or schedule your appointment online.

Annual Physical Q & A

What does an annual physical exam entail?

An annual physical exam serves a prevention method to detect any potential medical concerns to ensure you lead a healthy and long life. The doctors at NAG Clinics begin by asking about your medical history and lifestyle choices. It’s critical to be transparent with your doctor because they may want to perform other tests depending on what you tell them.

After learning about your medical history and lifestyle, one of the NAG Clinics doctors takes your vital signs such as your respiration rate, heart rate, and blood pressure. During your exam, the doctors use a stethoscope to listen to your lungs and heart for any irregularities.

If necessary, the physicians may order laboratory tests such as a complete blood count or cholesterol test during your annual physical.

What’s the difference between a male and female physical exam?

The general components of a male and female physical exam are the same, but they both have specific exams. The annual physical exam for males may include:

  • Prostate exam: This is a routine test to check for prostate cancer.
  • Hernia exam: This exam checks for inner groin hernias and weaknesses in the abdominal wall.
  • Testicular exam: The doctors check the testicles for tenderness, changes in size, and lumps.

An annual physical exam for women might include:

Pelvic exam

The doctor examines your uterus, cervix, vagina, and vulva. They may administer a Pap test or an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer.

Breast exam

The doctor examines your breast for abnormal lumps and looks for visual abnormalities on your breasts and nipples to check for signs of breast cancer. In addition, they check the lymph nodes in your armpits.

How can I stay healthy in between my annual physical exams?

Staying healthy all year round can help decrease your likelihood of heart disease, stroke, and injuries. By making little changes to your lifestyle every day, you’ll contribute to an optimal physical and mental well-being. Some of the behavioral changes to keep you continually healthy include:

  • Exercise regularly
  • Limit your alcohol intake
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Protect yourself from the sun with hats and sunscreen
  • Get screening tests for cancers

If you haven’t had your annual physical exam, call the NAG Clinics office nearest you or schedule your appointment online.