An annual physical examination is a routine checkup at which Dr. Kidd checks for a broad range of health conditions. They are an important tool in the prevention and screening of serious diseases. Your doctor may discover any number of health concerns during a physical, including heart disease, lung disease, or problems with your vital signs.
It’s important to stay healthy between physicals. To do so, you should:
The time a physical takes varies based on the health of the patient. Some patients may require many extra tests that elongate the duration of the physical. Dr. Kidd takes the extra time to answer any questions you may have so that you can leave feeling confident about your treatment plan.
First, Dr. Kidd takes your medical history, consults with you about any symptoms you’ve been experiencing, and begins the physical examination. He checks your vital signs, including:
Dr. Kidd can learn a lot about your health just by talking to you. He can discern how well you recall information, whether your skin is healthy, and how well you stand or walk.
He listens to your heart with a stethoscope to determine whether you have an irregular heartbeat, murmur, or any other indications of heart disease. He also can listen to your lungs for cracks or wheezes, which could be a sign of lung disease.
Dr. Kidd may also check your:
Depending on the results of the physical, Dr. Kidd may order additional tests.
There are a few key differences between men and women during a routine physical.
Men may have their testicles examined to check for lumps or a hernia. Dr. Kidd may also examine the penis to look for evidence of sexually transmitted infections and the prostate for irregularities.
Women may require a breast examination to check for abnormal lumps, a sign of breast cancer and other breast conditions. Dr. Kidd also may examine the pelvis to check for sexually transmitted infections.
If you haven’t been to the doctor in awhile, it’s time for your annual physical. Contact Dr. Kidd to stay on top of your health today.