A big part of preventive care is building a long-term relationship with your primary care physician. One way to do this is by scheduling a physical exam each year. This annual checkup ensures that you and Shawn Hamilton, MD, have a chance to go over your medical history and discuss any concerns you may have. Call Dr. Hamilton at her Irvine, California, office or make sure to book an appointment online today.
An annual physical exam is an appointment scheduled in advance that includes a thorough checkup and history. Although there are no hard and fast rules about what to expect during your physical exam, most include the following.
Each part of your body will be checked, from the inside of your mouth and ears, your neck to your abdomen.
Men may get a testicular and prostate exam, while women might have their breasts examined for lumps. A pelvic exam checks a woman’s vagina and internal sex organs, often accompanied by a Pap smear, which screens for cervical cancer.
Most physicals include:
Yes, Dr. Hamilton is a firm believer in the value of prevention. She will discuss your exercise habits and recommend that you walk or go to the gym several times a week. She will also recommend that you eat a balanced diet, with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Dr. Hamilton is committed to providing excellent care, beginning with an annual physical exam. Prevention is also a key part of her approach. Call her office or book an online appointment today.