Lawrence Kidd, MD, PC -  - Internal Medicine

Lawrence G. Kidd, MD, PC

Internal Medicine & Infectious Disease Physician located in Lawrence, MA

Annual Physicals Specialist

If you haven’t seen the doctor in the past year, it’s time to schedule an appointment for your annual physical exam. Physicals are an important part of preventing and screening for some of the most serious diseases that affect men and women today. Contact Lawrence G. Kidd, MD, PC, in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to schedule an appointment for your annual physical.

Annual Physicals Q & A

What is an annual physical exam?

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:

  • Do 30 minutes of brisk walking everyday
  • Eat a plant-based diet low in animal fats
  • Don’t smoke

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.

What should I expect during a physical?

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:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Respiration rate
  • Temperature

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:

  • Ears
  • Nose
  • Sinuses
  • Eyes
  • Lymph nodes
  • Thyroid

Depending on the results of the physical, Dr. Kidd may order additional tests.

Are physicals different for men and women?

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.

Lawrence Kidd, MD, PC
25 Marston Street, Suite 401
Lawrence, MA 01841
Phone: 978-682-3686
Fax: 978-794-0841
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