5 Reasons to Schedule a Checkup
December 02, 2021
It may have been a while since you last saw your primary care provider (PCP) due to the pandemic, but it’s important to make sure you are current on your annual checkup.
Why Have a Checkup?
Seeing your PCP regularly for routine exams is important. These checkups can prevent health problems before they start and can help you establish a relationship with your provider.
Here are five reasons to schedule a checkup now:
- You can update your medical records. Your medical history—including your family’s medical history—changes over time. It’s important to keep this record current because new health issues may affect your risk of developing conditions like stroke, diabetes, heart disease or cancer.
- You can stay up-to-date on specialized exams. Your PCP can alert you to screenings you’re due for, such as mammograms, colonoscopies and other tests. You can schedule them at your checkup.
- You’ll get a look inside your body. Some potentially serious conditions, like high blood pressure, may not show any symptoms. At a checkup, your provider will take your blood pressure and do other exams that may alert you to hidden health conditions.
- You’ll keep up with your vaccine schedule. Regular immunizations aren’t just for kids—they’re for adults, too. Be sure to discuss which vaccines you need at your visit. You can find the CDC’s recommendations here.
- You’ll be able to have conditions treated. Minor or annoying symptoms may signal a bigger health issue. Your PCP can diagnose and address the problem before it gets worse.
Our clinics have been taking precautions to make sure your visits are safe since the beginning of the pandemic. This includes limiting the number of people allowed in waiting areas; screening patients before visits; and having staff wear masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment. If you have concerns about safety measures, ask your provider about them prior to the visit. Virtual visits are also an option.
Here are some things you can do to keep yourself safe during an office visit:
• Wear a cloth face mask to your appointment.
• Wash your hands well before and after office visits (or clean them using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that is more than 60% alcohol).
• Don’t touch things in the office.
When you visit your PCP, be prepared to share your health history, a list of any medications or supplements you take, and a description of any symptoms you have. It’s also important to bring a list of questions. Ask your provider to explain the answers if you don’t fully understand them.