Gold River Family Medicine
Board-Certified Family Practice Physicians located in Gold River, CA
One of the simplest and most important parts of preventive care is your annual well-adult visit. At Gold River Family Medicine in Gold River, California, Warren Brandle MD, MS, FAAFP, Jill Scully PA-C, and the rest of the team make sure you’re up to date on immunizations and screenings. They can also help you learn to improve your health by making healthy day-to-day choices. To schedule your next well-adult visit, call Gold River Family Medicine, or book an appointment online today.
Well Adult Visits Q&A
What are well-adult visits?
A well-adult visit is a visit to your doctor that you should make regularly. Even if you aren’t sick, a well-adult visit is far from pointless or redundant. Your provider at Gold River Family Medicine evaluates your health and discusses ways to improve it. The appointment might even include screenings, immunizations, and other preventive care services.
The services you receive during your well-adult visit vary depending on your gender, age, risk factors for various conditions, and other factors. Your provider takes inventory of your health history, the medications you take, and any new symptoms you’re experiencing before the examination starts.
When should I book a well-adult visit?
You need to make well-adult visits a part of your regular routine. For most people, physicians recommend booking a well-adult appointment about once a year. This helps you track your health over time and build a relationship with your primary provider.
Getting regular well-adult visits can improve your chances of finding a disease or condition early so you can start treatment right away. If you’re at high risk for certain health conditions because of your age, family history, or lifestyle, your provider at Gold River Family Medicine might recommend visiting more regularly than once a year.
What happens during a well adult visit?
Well-adult visits include some of the same steps every time and a few others, depending on your age, sex, or risk. When you come to Gold River Family Medicine for a well-adult visit, your appointment starts with a brief review of your medical history.
You should also name any current medications you take and report any recent changes in your health or test results. Your provider might ask for updates on any of your chronic conditions. Once they have the information they need, the team will begin your physical exam. It includes assessing your:
- Blood pressure reading
- Heart rate
- Skin exam
- Ears, nose, and throat exam
- Listening to your heart and lungs
- Checking your abdomen for fluid buildup and other abnormalities
Additional steps vary and may include immunization updates, screening exams, blood tests, X-ray imaging, and other services. You might also receive services based on your sex, like mammograms and pelvic exams for women or prostate cancer screenings for men. If your provider finds anything unusual, they may refer you to a specialist for further care.
A well-adult visit can benefit you at any stage of health. To book your next well-adult appointment, call Gold River Family Medicine, or schedule an appointment online today.