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Why Annual Exams Are Important

Why Annual Exams Are Important

The best thing you can do for yourself is to take care of your health. Whether you realize it or not, part of your self-care routine should be routine annual exams. For some, it might be counterintuitive to go to the doctor when you’re not sick, but the benefits of keeping regular appointments with your doctor elevate your wellness. 

Our care specialists at Desoto Family Care Clinic take pride in protecting the longevity of adults and children living in Southaven and Olive Branch, Mississippi. Our professional medical staff provides everything a family may need, from pediatric care and vaccinations to feminine health care. Every person’s health starts with a basic checkup, testing, and vigilance. 

Why do I need an annual exam?

Your annual exam is the chance to connect with your provider, evaluate your overall health, and address your concerns. Connecting and having rapport with your provider is more important than you realize –– as your provider gets to know you, they’re better able to help you identify little things that even you may miss. 

Your annual exam is all about prevention, the greatest weapon you have against devastating disease and many chronic conditions. Annual exams help your provider catch warning signs and make recommendations for early and immediate treatment. 

Quitting smoking and dietary changes, for example, can tip the scales in your favor if you’re experiencing early symptoms of a long-term condition. 

If you’ve noticed feelings of fatigue, aches, or unusual weight changes, let your provider know during your annual exam. Our mission at DeSoto Family Care Clinic is to provide the best tools to keep you as healthy as possible. Learning more about your lifestyle and other symptoms helps your provider determine the best ways to keep you healthy. 

If you’ve already been diagnosed with a chronic condition, our sensitive and experienced providers are ready to assist you with long-term management. A huge part of managing your condition is your annual exam.

What happens during an annual exam? 

When you come in for your annual exam, your provider starts with a simple conversation about how you’ve been doing. This refers to your physical health, but includes your emotional and psychological health, as well. 

Your provider takes your vitals, including your weight, height, pulse, and listens to your heart and lungs. If special tests are needed for any chronic condition, like blood sugar checks, we can help you in our office. Women may be due for breast and cervical cancer screenings, both of which are done in-office. 

Check with your provider to see if you’re due for any vaccinations. You may have thought that regular vaccinations are for children, but there is an entire proposed vaccine schedule for adults. This guide is released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and updated yearly, perfect for your annual exam.

What are the benefits of an annual exam? 

The greatest benefit to consistently making your annual exams is a deeper understanding and better tools for self-care. If you have any risk factors for chronic conditions, your provider offers guidance and suggestions to protect your health and curb your risk. 

From cancer screenings to allergy testing and menopause management, our providers have the knowledge and experience to give your whole family the necessary care to keep everybody healthy. Call our office most convenient to you or request an appointment online today. 

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