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Annual Preventative Physical

Sellwood Medical Clinic

Pediatric and Family Medicine practice with four locations in the greater Portland metropolitan area

Preventive care helps your family avoid catastrophic health problems. Sellwood Medical Clinic offers annual preventive physicals to the whole family. The expert providers specialize in family medicine and pediatrics. No matter what your medical needs, each member of your family can receive expert attention. With three convenient offices in Portland, Oregon, it's easy to get care when you need it. To schedule your next preventive physical, call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Annual Preventative Physical Q & A

What is an annual exam?

Experts recommend that adults and children see their doctor at least once a year. During your annual visit, your provider does a physical exam. This exam is often called a preventive visit.

Preventive care helps diagnose medical problems in their early stages. Routine exams also allow you to speak to a doctor about any health concerns you might have. If you need to discuss family planning or elective procedures, your annual exam is an ideal time to do that.

Who needs an annual exam?

All adults should be examined yearly by a qualified doctor. Children should also be examined regularly by their pediatrician or family medicine doctor. Your child's provider can let you know when your child needs their next checkup.

What happens during an annual exam?

During your exam at Sellwood Medical Clinic, your provider checks your weight and blood pressure. They also measure your heart rate and takes your temperature.

Your provider then does an in-depth physical exam. They will:

  • Look in your ears, nose, and throat 
  • Listen to your heart and lungs
  • Feel the glands around your neck
  • Tap or press on your abdomen
  • Examine your skin and nails
  • Test your reflexes and balance

Your provider might also ask questions about your lifestyle and medical history. This information helps your provider decide what kind of care you need. Be sure to tell your provider about any new health concerns you might have noticed.

What kind of follow-up care is available?

After your physical exam, your provider might suggest follow-up tests like blood tests to check your cholesterol, electrolyte levels, and much more. Your provider might also recommend imaging procedures like X-rays or an MRI to look inside your body for signs of injury or illness.

If your test results reveal a problem, your provider helps you get the right treatment. Your provider uses your test results to develop a customized care plan. If you need to see a specialist, they arrange for a referral.

No matter what your health concerns, Sellwood Medical Clinic supports you every step of the way. Call the office today or schedule your annual preventive physical online.