Regular physical examinations and check-up appointments with a doctor are an important part of your health care. Learn more about what to expect during an annual physical exam, and how regular checkups can benefit you.

Your whole-body health is complex, and can change a lot from year to year. At Zephyr Health of Arvada, Colorado, we’re here to support your health as you grow older and wiser. Partner with Janna Gelderman-Moffett, DO, Certified North American Menopause Practitioner (NCMP), for your health and wellness needs.

At your annual wellness exam, Dr. Gelderman-Moffett checks up on your health. Specializing in working with women aged 40 and older, she recommends getting regular physical exams and explains how it is increasingly important as you age.

What can you expect when you come in for a physical exam at Zephyr Health? Here’s what you need to know.

Why you need an annual wellness exam

As you get older, you need to be on the lookout for early signs of health complications. Your health can become vulnerable with age, unless you take active prevention steps like regular checkups with a medical professional.

And, if signs of a potential health issue do show up, catching these concerns early is almost always helpful in improving your treatment options and outcomes.

Dr. Gelderman-Moffett can detect early signs of health concerns at your annual wellness physical exam, and recommend further tests or treatments you may need to protect your health and wellness for the long term.

Checking in on your health

At your annual wellness physical with Zephyr Health, you can expect a complete, head-to-toe checkup. Dr. Gelderman-Moffett also thoroughly reviews your medical history during your annual wellness exam, inquiring about past surgeries, past injuries, allergies, sexual health, medications, and new or worsening symptoms.

During your physical exam, Dr. Gelderman-Moffett examines your heart, lungs, ears, nose, and throat. She palpates your abdomen to check on the correct placement of your organs and looks for symptoms like enlargement or swelling. She may also test your muscle strength or reflexes. If any potential issues show up, she orders further testing to shed light on the situation.

You can also ask Dr. Gelderman-Moffett any questions you have about your health or wellness at this time. You may want to discuss concerns like diabetes prevention, weightloss, perimenopause or menopause symptoms, or joint pain potentially related to arthritis.

Updating your records and prescriptions

In addition, your annual wellness appointment gives Dr. Gelderman-Moffett a chance to update your medical records, and, if needed, your prescriptions.

Keeping good medical records helps Dr. Gelderman-Moffett track the baseline of your overall health, and provides an essential head start when it comes to handling any emerging health complications, issues, or concerns.

If you’re behind on annual exams, there’s no time like the present to get caught up. Schedule your physical exam at Zephyr Health online, or call today to book an appointment.

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