An annual physical exam is your first line of defense when it comes to your overall health and wellness. Even if you’re feeling perfectly fit, a physical exam is a great way to monitor your health so that you can maintain your great health. At Dodd Family Practice in Clinton, Arkansas, Angela Dodd, APRN, provides comprehensive physical exams, with an emphasis on preventive care, for your peace of mind. To get your health checked, call or book an appointment online.
A physical exam yields important baseline information and is a great way to monitor your health. Angela Dodd partners with her patients to ensure long-term health and wellness, and your annual checkup lies at the heart of this great care.
Since Dodd is a trained APRN, she knows what to look for in terms of risk factors, and she’s able to spot potential problems before they become full-blown medical issues. For those who suffer from chronic conditions, such as arthritis or diabetes, a physical exam provides Dodd an opportunity to monitor your condition and make any necessary tweaks in your treatment for your comfort.
One of the most important components of your physical exam is the discussion you have with Dodd about your current and past health. During this sit-down, discuss any areas of concern you might have, even if they seem minor. Often, subtle changes in your health can be a signal of something larger at play, and Dodd is trained to recognize these.
After you’ve reviewed your current health and answered Dodd’s questions, the physical exam begins. She starts by checking your vitals, including your:
With those recorded, she moves onto your general appearance, checking your eyes, your skin, your throat, and anything else that may reveal potential problems.
To get a better feel for what’s going on inside your body, Dodd listens to your heart and checks your lungs using a stethoscope. She also palpates your abdomen to check for any abnormalities.
The final part of the exam is designed to check your motor and cognitive skills, including your balance and reflexes.
At some point during your physical, Dodd also collects blood and urine for testing in her in-office lab.
If it’s your first time at Dodd Family Practice, bring anything you think might be pertinent, including any medications you’re taking as well as any information on previous surgeries or illnesses.
If you’re a repeat customer, Dodd has the records she needs.