Annual Physicals

Primary Care Health Clinic

Primary Care Practice located in Pico Union and West Adams, Los Angeles, CA

Annual physicals save lives, as detecting a disease early increases your chance of successful treatment. At Primary Care Health Clinic in the Pico-Union area of Los Angeles, primary care physician assistant Ndika Fomukong, FNP, PA-C, and his team offer comprehensive physicals for patients of all ages to make sure you’re in good health or treat medical problems before they become serious. Call Primary Care Health Clinic to schedule an annual physical today or book an appointment online.

Annual Physicals Q & A

What is are annual physicals?

An annual, or yearly, physical is a wellness exam with your Primary Care Health Clinic provider to make sure you’re in good health. You might require a physical to play on a sports team, attend school, work for the Department of Transportation (DOT), or for immigration.

What should I expect during an annual physical?

Annual physicals are similar for men, women, and children but vary slightly. Before your physical exam, a provider at Primary Care Health Clinic checks your vitals and reviews your medical history.

Your provider completes a physical examination, which may include evaluating your eyes, ears, and throat, listening to your breathing, checking your reflexes, and completing a pelvic exam in women. 

Depending on your health history, lifestyle, and chronic disease risk factors, the Primary Care Health Clinic team may screen you for:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes and prediabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Other hormone imbalances
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Breast, cervical, prostate, or colon cancers
  • Depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders
  • Sexual problems, such as erectile dysfunction

Your provider might take a urine sample, blood draw, or recommend imaging tests to diagnose or rule out certain health conditions.

Will I require treatment?

If after an annual physical your provider discovers a health problem, treatment options will be considered. If you have an illness or chronic disease, you might require:

  • Making lifestyle (diet, exercise, etc.) changes
  • Prescription or over the counter medications
  • Further diagnostic testing
  • Talk therapy for a mental health disorder
  • Alternative medicine (physical therapy, chiropractic care, etc.)
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • A specialist’s care

If you have a serious medical condition that requires invasive treatment, such as surgery, the providers at Primary Care Health Clinic refer you to a qualified specialist. For example, if you have cancer you’ll see an oncologist who specializes in cancer treatments.

How often should I schedule an annual physical?

As a rule, schedule an annual physical every year and make subsequent appointments more often if your provider recommends it. Be proactive about your health to prevent disease risk factors from becoming serious illnesses. Call Primary Care Health Clinic for an appointment or use the online scheduler today.