One of the best ways to stay healthy and prevent small medical issues from becoming overwhelming problems is to see your doctor for an annual physical exam. Dr. Verretta Deorosan is a board-certified internal medicine specialist in the El Segundo neighborhood of Los Angeles, California who provides comprehensive physical exams and develops preventive care strategies to keep you as healthy as possible. Call the office today for an appointment or schedule via their online booking.
Dr. Deorosan uses the annual physical to check your overall health, discover details about your family history that may be pertinent to your health, and determine what medications or supplements you use regularly.
In general, a physical exam gives Dr. Deorosan an opportunity to:
An annual physical exam also gives you the opportunity to ask questions about symptoms you’re having or discuss other health concerns you may have.
The exam generally starts with a check of your weight, height, and vital signs, including temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rate, and pulse rate.
The doctor also asks specific questions about how you’re feeling overall. She reviews your medical history carefully regarding previous surgeries, significant injuries, or current medical conditions. Expect detailed questions about the medications and supplements you’re taking and a careful perusal of your family history as well.
The exam itself is essentially a head-to-toe physical check that includes observation of your mobility, general appearance, and skin. Your head and neck, including your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth are assessed, followed by an exam of your chest, abdomen, and extremities. Along with palpation over various areas to check for underlying lumps or bumps, Dr. Deorosan also listens to your lung, heart, and abdomen with her stethoscope. Your neurological status and health of your joints are also assessed with a series of simple checks, such as range of motion testing or reflex testing.
A male annual exam may also include:
A female annual exam may include:
Depending on your age and overall health, Dr. Deorosan may order blood work to check for anemia, elevated blood sugar, or abnormal cholesterol levels. Because physical exams are all about preventative healthcare measures, she may also suggest screening tests such as a colonoscopy or mammography when you reach a certain age, or she notes concerning signs during your exam.