A physical examination helps a primary care provider (PCP) to determine the general status of an individual's health. The exam also gives him/her a chance to talk to their PCP about any ongoing pain or symptoms that he/she is experiencing, or any other health concerns that he/she might have.
A physical examination is recommended at least once a year, especially in people over the age of 50. These exams are used to:
(01) check for possible diseases so they can be treated early.
(02) identify any issues that may become medical concerns in the future.
(03) update necessary immunizations.
(04) ensure that the patient is maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine.
(05) build a relationship with a PCP.
These exams are also a good way to check cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels. These levels may be high without an individual ever showing any signs or symptoms. Regular screening allows a PCP to treat these conditions before they become severe.