The Importance of Getting a Yearly Physical

The Importance of Getting a Yearly Physical

Today, more Americans than ever are visiting their primary care physician for an annual physical exam. While doctor’s visits were once reserved only for acute illnesses, millions of Americans are visiting their doctor every year for a complete exam in an attempt to diagnose and take care of problems before they become too serious.

While many are already participating in their annual exams, there are still so many people who are not valuing their health and putting it first. A physical is a proven way to keep your health in check. It can give you a baseline to help you make future health care decisions, it gives you time to review any conditions you may have and to identify risk factors that may lead to health problems down the road.

Just as Easy as a Car Inspection

Despite their demonstrated importance, health physicals are often done less than annual car inspections.

When you take your vehicle in for an inspection, it may look fine from the outside, but many times you can learn more about what is going on “under the hood.” We do this because the average automobile owner doesn’t know enough about cars to determine potential problems without any significant symptoms, side effects or warning signs.

During this exam, a mechanic can tell you what problems may be developing, what parts need better care and what you can do to help keep your car up and running how it should be.

The same information can be provided to you with a physical exam. You may look fine from the outside, but the human body is a complex organism and there may be much more going on under the surface. Without certain tests, questions and examinations, most people don’t know enough about how the body works to identify potential problems, especially when there aren’t any symptoms presenting.

During this exam, your doctor can tell you what may be developing, what parts need better care and what you can do to keep your body up and running how it should be.

If you are taking the time to get your car examined, you should do the same for yourself.

Starting Preventative Care

There has been some debate over the importance of these physical exams, but it is essential that every American, even those who “feel fine” or “don’t seem sick,” to start getting regular exams. Physical exams are not about treating symptoms they are about taking care of your health. Think of your physical exam as preventative care to keep you healthier for your future.

During these physical exams, your doctor can not only check your vitals, discuss any home remedies and over-the-counter medications you may be using, but they can also look for certain illnesses and diseases that don’t present with acute symptoms. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes can all be detected in your physical. When caught early they can be treated and prevent more serious health issues from forming down the line. You may not notice the symptoms in your daily life, but your physician can spot these illnesses early in your exam.

If you have any questions about your overall health, you can schedule your annual physical with Dr. Mai Sharaf by calling 817-617-8650 or schedule an appointment online at

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