Why Wellness Exams are more important than ever.

What is a wellness exam?

An annual wellness exam is a yearly appointment with your doctor or primary healthcare provider to discuss your health and create or update a personal plan for wellness. The plan, tailored to you, may help prevent illness based on your current health, family health history, and any potential risk factors you face. The annual wellness exam is an important part of your healthcare routine that offers insight into your current state of health and can help create a baseline for future medical care.


Why are annual wellness exams so important?

It has been said that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” The adage rings quite  true when it comes to your good health. A wellness exam is a preventative measure that focuses on keeping disease at bay and maintaining proper health by implementing changes for a healthy lifestyle. Your doctor can recommend preventive care steps and goals unique to you based on your overall health, family history, gender, and age, rather than relying on treating a condition after it has progressed and possibly worsened.


What will happen during my wellness exam?

While the elements of a wellness exam vary by the age of the patient, some things you can expect during a wellness exam are:

  • height and weight check
  • blood pressure check
  • listening to heart and lungs
  • check of the abdomen, thyroid glands, and lymph nodes for abnormalities
  • check of eyesight and hearing
  • review and discussion of any chronic conditions and other health concerns

Additional elements of wellness exams are tailored for men and women:

  • The well woman exam is centered around a woman’s reproductive health. It will likely include a breast examination, a pelvic examination, and a pap smear, but may also include other procedures.
  • For men, a physical examination will likely include blood pressure screening and height and weight measurements to calculate body mass index, as well as lipid screenings.


What about COVID-19?

A significant number of individuals are postponing annual wellness exams because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Fear of being exposed to the virus at the doctor’s office may account for many of those postponed visits.  In fact, the importance of wellness exams cannot be stressed enough at this critical time. Not visiting your doctor now may cause additional health concerns later, especially for patients who may suffer comorbidities (and perhaps even unknown comorbidities) that make them more susceptible to becoming especially ill should they contract the virus. Unfortunately, fewer visits to doctors’ offices for wellness exams have led to more cancers being diagnosed at later stages—a fact that makes the wellness exam an absolute priority, especially during the pandemic.

Physicians’ offices are taking special care with patients during this tentative time. Every patient of HealthStar Physicians Premier Medical can be certain that a sterile, clean environment is always a priority in our office, and we are diligent in our efforts to keep you safe.  Surfaces are regularly disinfected, and masks are required during visits. All patients will be asked a series of questions about their recent health and travel before their appointments. Temperatures are taken upon arrival.


Partnering with your medical provider for a lifetime of care

While they have the ability to handle multiple health issues, primary care providers go even further to help you manage your healthcare in the most consistent and efficient ways.  A primary care provider, gets to know you and your health concerns and can personalize your care and save time that might otherwise be spent explaining issues with your medical history, family history, and other areas of concern.  A good relationship with your provider can prevent a range of emergencies and provides continuity of care that is invaluable.

If you are looking for physicians in Newport, Tennessee, HealthStar Physicians Premier Medical {link to https://www.healthstarfamilypractice.com/} welcomes the opportunity to provide your annual wellness exam and other healthcare services for you and your family. We know that having an established relationship with a doctor close to home offers peace of mind to patients.


How do I schedule an appointment?

Our office provides wellness exams in Newport, Tennessee. Call  423.582.8621 to schedule an appointment today.  Make sure to tell us if you have specific concerns about your health that you’d like to have addressed during your wellness exam.


We’re here for you.

For wellness exams and other healthcare needs, a medical home is important. HealthStar Physicians Premier Medical offers both well visits and preventative care, along with urgent care, and care for chronic diseases as you need them—making it a wonderful resource for your family. Our Osteopathic Doctors in Newport, TN take exceptional care of patients and seek to create long-lasting relationships that benefit them over a lifetime. A wellness exam in our Newport, TN office is just the beginning of a beneficial relationship with our osteopathic doctors that will last a lifetime.


HealthStar Physicians Family Practice is now HealthStar Premier Medical!

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