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Annual Physical Exam

At Osprey PolyClinic in Osprey, Sarasota, you don't need a referral to get your annual health checkup. Our doctors are some of the best in Southwest Florida, and they're ready to provide the assessment you need.

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Comprehensive Annual Health Checkup at Osprey PolyClinic

An annual physical exam at Osprey PolyClinic in Sarasota County, FL, is a routine exam that involves screening tests and assessments to detect any health conditions that may require attention. We accept patients from Osprey, Sarasota, Laurel, Nokomis, Venice, Englewood, North Port and all of Southwest Florida.

By relying on only the most advanced technologies, we offer a routine physical exam that you can trust to provide a clear idea of your current health status while also considering your risk factors. At our clinic, we are dedicated to offering a comprehensive yearly checkup that gives the guidance you and your healthcare provider need.

What to Expect During an Annual Physical Checkup

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When you turn to us for an annual physical exam, you can expect several different components, including:

  • Vital signs check
  • Medical history review
  • Physical examination
  • Blood tests
  • Internal exam
  • Health screenings

In order to provide medical services that holistically address your whole body and help you achieve your health goals, you'll receive a thorough checkup when you come to Osprey PolyClinic.

Here's a little more about what you can expect from each part of the checkup:

Vital Signs Check

This part of the physical exam measures your body's most basic functions, including monitoring your blood pressure, rate of breathing, body temperature, and pulse rate.

Medical History Review

Gathering information on your family medical history and any previous health issues you may have had is important. You'll also need to tell your doctor about the medications you take. Both of these steps will help your doctor have a clearer idea of any risk factors you have, whether it's any genetic diseases you are prone to or any medications you should not be taking.

Physical Exam

Checking your vitals is one part of the physical, but there are others. We will also measure your height and take your weight to build a complete profile that will help better serve your medical needs.

  • Female Physical Exam

    A woman's physical exam can include a breast exam to check for breast cancer. Your doctor will also assess your lymph nodes. You will likely receive a pelvic exam, as well. This exam looks at the vulva, vagina, uterus, cervix, and ovaries. A Pap test and an HPV test can also be part of the exam, helping to detect early signs of cervical cancer.

  • Male Physical Exam

    For men, the annual checkup can include a testicular exam as well as a hernia exam and a penis exam, which checks for sexually transmitted infections. Men can also receive a prostate exam to monitor the size of the prostate and check for signs of cancer.

Blood Test

A blood test gives your doctor a lot of information on your overall health. It can include a complete blood count, blood glucose test to check for diabetes, lipid profile to assess cholesterol levels, and liver function tests.

Internal Exam and Health Screenings

During your annual physical, you can also receive several health screenings that require laboratory tests. These can include:

  • Cholesterol screening
  • Urinalysis
  • Body mass index calculation
  • Imaging tests
  • Diabetes screening
  • Cholesterol screening
  • Pap smear
  • Prostate-specific antigen test
  • Vaccination review

All of the information obtained from these tests can then be sent to your primary care provider or can provide what a new doctor may need if you want to get help from us at Osprey PolyClinic in Sarasota, FL. The test results allow us to put together treatment plans and even schedule your next visits.

How to Prepare for an Annual Physical

Before you come to Osprey PolyClinic for your annual physical exam, it can be a good idea to prepare by gathering all of the information you may need. You will need to bring:

  • A list of medical procedures that you've undergone or are undergoing
  • Any questions you may have about your medical health
  • A list of the vaccines you have received
  • Results you may have received from recent physical exams
  • A list of allergies
  • Any diagnoses of conditions you have now or have had in the past
  • A list of symptoms you may be experiencing
  • Information on specialists or doctors you are seeing
  • Documents that detail the medications you are taking
  • Information on anything your doctor has asked you to track, like your blood pressure, blood sugar, and more

It's likely we already have some of this information, but bringing it with you can save time and help us offer more accurate care. A list of current medications is especially important. At Osprey PolyClinic in Sarasota, FL, we are ready to help you address any concerns or questions you have about your current or past care.

Why Choose Osprey PolyClinic?

  • Compassionate Care

    Our care team always offers a patient-centered approach to healthcare.

  • Accessible and Convenient Services

    Our team is multilingual, so it's easier to get the help you need.

  • State-of-the-Art Facilities

    We are proud of the high quality of services we provide using the latest equipment.

  • Experienced Medical Care Team

    When you turn to us, you're getting experience and expertise from the entire team.

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FAQ

  • Am I Required to Fast?

    If you're getting a blood test, you may need to fast before. If you're not sure whether you'll receive a blood exam, ask your doctor or the nurse practitioner.

  • How Long Does an Annual Health Checkup Take?

    The exact time will depend on what exams you need. For some, it can be 30 minutes, while for others it can take an hour or more.

  • What Happens After an Annual Wellness Exam?

    After the exam, your doctor will schedule another appointment to review the results with you. If further tests are needed, they can then recommend that you schedule them. Some people may need further screening tests while others may be able to start a treatment plan. Your doctor may recommend lifestyle changes, including the cessation of smoking, the improvement of your diet, and more.

    If you take medications, your doctor may make adjustments depending on the test results. During this follow-up appointment, you can also ask questions you may have about your care and the results.

  • Is an Annual Physical Exam Covered by Insurance?

    The answer depends on the kind of insurance you have. Some plans cover preventive services, and many times physical exams fall under that category.

  • Is an Annual Exam the Same as a Physical?

    An annual exam and a physical are not the same thing. While both of these exams are preventive, an annual exam offers more information than a regular wellness physical exam. It typically involves more tests and is more hands-on. Wellness exams usually don't require blood work or other lab tests. They usually focus more on risk assessment and filling in gaps in your care.

    These wellness exams also allow your doctor to put together a baseline they can use to make treatment recommendations or make adjustments to your current care.