Wellness exams are something that medical professionals recommend having done routinely, usually once a year if you’re in good health, otherwise appointments are often scheduled out six months apart. These exams are something that many people skip out on because they don’t feel like they gain anything from them. When you’re not sick and your body feels fine, what’s the point of going to the doctor?
This is something that so many of our patients will go ask themselves before scheduling a routine wellness exam, and it often leads to them skipping out on a wellness exam entirely. The thing about these exams that we need to bring attention to is just how important they are.
In today’s blog post, the team at Hill Family Medicine in Austin are going to go over a few of the reasons that routine wellness exams are so important. If it’s been a while since your last wellness exam, contact our office today and we would be more than happy to get your next exam scheduled for you.
One of the primary reasons that we ask individuals to schedule routine wellness exams is because it is a form of preventative care. Going back to the question above, the point of going to the doctor — even when you’re feeling fine — is to get an overall exam on your well being and health. By doing so, we are able to catch certain signs and symptoms early enough to make lifestyle changes and curb the chances of struggling with a life changing diagnosis. A prime example of this is diabetes.
Another reason that wellness checks are recommended is because they provide an opportunity for patients to receive medical counsel from a professional. Of course your check up will take into consideration any current signs and symptoms or diagnoses that you currently have, but it will also be an opportunity to receive some guidance on how you can improve your health. This point works hand in hand with preventative care. By scheduling a routine appointment with your primary care physician, you can get the counsel that you need to avoid any serious health issues down the road.
There are various diagnoses and health conditions that can pop up out of nowhere, and when your most recent medical records are years old, the process of determining what’s wrong is incredibly difficult. By visiting your primary care physician regularly, you make it significantly easier for your doctor to discover what the root of the problem could be. In the long run, this can save you a significant amount of money on testing and can save you invaluable time by finding an answer sooner than later.
Build a Relationship with Your Doctor
While it may not seem like the most important factor determining whether or not you visit the doctor’s office regularly, it is a huge part of why routine wellness checks are so beneficial. Let’s face it, talking about our health and well being isn’t always easy. When you have to be vulnerable about the place that you’re at with your health, symptoms that you’re struggling with, or you need to ask for guidance with your lifestyle, you want it to be with someone that you trust. By visiting the doctor regularly, you can start to build that relationship and find the comfort that you need when looking for assistance with your health.
Contact Hill Family Medicine Today
If you’re past due on your annual wellness check, it’s time to contact Hill Family Medicine. Our team can help ensure that you’re on the pathway to a healthy and happy life. Give our office a call and we would be more than happy to set up an appointment for you or answer any questions that you may have.