Physical Exams

Primary Care & Adolescent Health in Mesa, AZ

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Physical Exams services offered in Mesa, AZ

Physical exams are a necessary component of preventive medicine and an essential that should be part of your annual health planning. Diana Noriega, FNP, of GP Family Care Mesa, offers comprehensive physical exams for residents of Mesa, Arizona. To book your visit, call the office to check appointment availability, or schedule online in just a few moments.  

Why do I need physical exams if I am not sick?

Far too many people only see a health professional once they are experiencing distressing symptoms. Waiting for illness or injury before seeking care is not only an ineffective way to manage your health, but also fails to reap the many benefits of preventive medicine. 

Routine physical exams are a chance to “check in” on your overall health and wellness. These simple visits reveal a wealth of information about how your organs and systems are functioning. They are also the setting to receive the screenings you need to check for signs of chronic disease. 

Physicals are also an opportunity to receive tailored advice and guidance on health topics of specific interest to you. At GP Family Care Mesa, you’re always encouraged to ask questions or express concerns during your visit. 

What happens during physical exams?

The first part of your physical exam involves gathering basic information about your vital signs and health. Expect a quick check of your height and weight. Some of the additional areas Diana might check include:

  • Temperature
  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Breathing function
  • Skin check
  • Reflexes
  • Basic hearing and vision

All the results are added to your personal medical record. This living document serves to track changes over time and plays an essential role in guiding your health and wellness planning. 

You’ll share the details of your personal and family health history. Be sure to include a full list of any medications you’re taking, as well as supplements. There is also time built into your physical to discuss any changes you’ve noticed since your last visit.

If you need blood testing or other labs, GP Family Care Mesa offers in-house lab testing. You can also get any necessary vaccines during your routine physical exams.  

How often do I need to come in for physical exams?

Most people benefit from coming in for an annual physical exam. This timing ensures any areas of concern are identified in the early stages, when treatment is often most effective. Annual visits also increase the chances that negative health trends are identified early, empowering you to take action to protect against disease. 

If you have one or more chronic diseases, you may need to come in more frequently. Diana offers personalized chronic disease management services to track your health and can help you achieve improvements. 

Of course, if you develop a sudden health issue, you can always schedule an acute care visit, commonly called sick visits. 

GP Family Care Mesa is always here to help with any aspect of your health and wellness. Booking a physical exam is as simple as a phone call or a few moments on the online scheduling page.