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Wellness Exam

Pickett Family Medical Ctr

Family Practice located in The Colony, TX

Don’t wait until you have a serious illness to come to the doctor. Wellness exams, when scheduled on an annual basis can make sure you’re staying on track for your health goals and can detect problems at an early stage when they can be easily treated. Wellness exams at Pickett Family Medical Center in The Colony, Texas, are an important part of your health routine. Schedule an appointment by calling the office or using the online booking tool.

Wellness Exam Q & A

What is a wellness exam?

A wellness exam — also called an annual physical — is an opportunity for your doctor at Pickett Family Medical Center to check your overall health.

In addition to conducting a thorough physical exam of your body, your doctor also asks you questions about your general health. This is the time to bring up any concerns you may have, including aches and pains, sleep issues, weaknesses, or other problems you may have.

What happens during a wellness exam?

Your doctor at Pickett Family Medical Center conducts a thorough examination, which includes checking your:

  • Vital signs (heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate)
  • Mouth (including your throat and tonsils, as well as your teeth and gums)
  • Head (ears, nose, eyes, lymph nodes, and thyroid)
  • Abdomen (listening to your liver and bowels)
  • Neurological signs (to check reflexes, muscle strength, and balance)
  • Eyesight and hearing

Your doctor also follows up on specific issues that have been of concern in the past.

A wellness exam also includes drawing blood to test for blood sugar levels, vitamin deficiencies, and other conditions. Depending on your age and family history, a lipid panel (cholesterol test) is included in the blood panel to check for signs of heart disease.  

These test results may take a few days, so your doctor calls you when the results come back from the lab.

Is a wellness exam different for women?

During a women’s wellness exam, your doctor at Pickett Family Medical Center usually performs an internal pelvic exam to check if your reproductive organs feel normal.

They also perform a pap test, during which some cells are removed from the cervix to check for cancerous or precancerous cells.

Your doctor also conducts a breast exam to check for lumps that might be signs of breast cancer.

This is a good time to talk to your doctor about gynecological issues that might be of concern to you.

Women should have a wellness exam annually to monitor their gynecological health. A female is always present in the room during a women’s wellness exam.  

Do children need wellness exams?

Children should have a wellness exam every year.

During this exam, the doctor discusses age-appropriate milestones and developmental stages that your child should be meeting. This is a good time to discuss any health, emotional or developmental concerns you may have regarding your child.

The doctor may also administer immunizations during your child’s wellness exam. Many schools and sports programs require a physician to sign a sports physical exam form before a child can participate in school, after-school, or team sports. This can be completed during a wellness exam.

In addition, some schools, camps, and other programs require health forms that need to be completed by and signed by a doctor, which can be done easily at Pickett Family Medical Center.

Schedule your annual wellness exam at Pickett Family Medical Center by calling the office or booking online.