When everyone’s feeling fine, it’s tempting to delay those routine checkups, but regular wellness visits are essential for preventing sick visits in the future. You can schedule checkups for the whole family by contacting Sierra Nevada Medical Center in Sparks, Nevada. Their compassionate team can conduct all of your family’s wellness visits under the same roof. To schedule an appointment for you or a loved one, call the office or book online today.

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What is a wellness visit?

A wellness visit, also called a routine checkup or physical exam, involves a comprehensive evaluation of your overall health. In contrast to an acute care visit, which a physician uses to discuss and diagnose a particular health issue, the primary goal of a wellness visit is prevention.

Medical experts recommend routine exams at specified intervals, depending on your age and condition. While some people should receive an annual checkup, some age groups or high-risk groups require more frequent visits, and healthy adults may require less frequent exams.

What happens during a wellness visit?

The exact procedures depend on your age, gender, existing conditions, and lifestyle habits, but most wellness visits include a thorough check of the following:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Blood pressure and pulse
  • Breathing rate and lung health
  • Body temperature
  • Heart
  • Abdomen
  • Thyroid glands and lymph nodes
  • Throat
  • Eyes and ears

Your exam also includes a skin check for any suspicious moles or lesions, and in some cases, your provider may recommend routine tests such as a blood count or a urinalysis.

Depending on your age, your provider may also request additional screenings, and they always monitor any existing chronic conditions. Your Sierra Nevada Wellness Center provider also updates your family health history and answers any questions you might have.

After evaluating your overall health, your provider might discuss your lifestyle habits, offering suggestions for improvement in areas such as diet, exercise, substance use, or safe sex practices. They may also suggest natural supplements, vitamins, and nutraceuticals when appropriate.

What kind of wellness visits are offered?

Some employers and other organizations might require specific wellness exams. Depending on your needs, Sierra Nevada Wellness Center offers the following comprehensive physical exams:

  • Gynecological
  • Well-child
  • School physical
  • Sports physical
  • Pre-employment physical/drug screen
  • Medicare physical
  • Annual preventive checkup

The Sierra Nevada Wellness Center team can also conduct exams to screen for chronic medical conditions, including hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol.

What are the benefits of a wellness visit?

A routine checkup can help you stay healthy and prevent future illness. The wellness exam enables your provider to identify bad health habits or conditions that might lead to illness or chronic disease. They can also offer natural remedies to improve your health and mitigate your risk of developing a chronic condition.

With regular visits, the Sierra Nevada Wellness Center team can better maintain a positive relationship with you and track your health over an extended period. Your exam also allows you to bring up any concerns you might have.

To learn more about wellness visits at Sierra Nevada Wellness Center, call the office, or book online today.