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Annual Physicals / Wellness Visits

Advance Medical Group -  - Internal Medicine

Advance Medical Group

Internal Medicine & Medical Weight Loss located in Hackensack, NJ & Paramus, NJ

Patients often only see their doctors when something is wrong. The specialists at Advance Medical Group recommend regular adult wellness exams to patients in Hackensack, Paramus, Haledon and Englewood, New Jersey. The practice offers adult wellness exams to help maintain your body’s health in the long run. If you’re overdue for a physical, call the office or use the online scheduling tool to schedule your exam today.

Adult Wellness Exams Q & A

What does an adult wellness exam involve?

During your wellness exam at Advance Medical Group, your practitioner physically examines you and checks on things like:

  • Your medical history
  • Your recent health
  • Medications you are on
  • Your future health goals
  • Blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and temperature
  • Your heart and lung health
  • Head and neck movement and reflexes
  • Throat and tonsils health along with your eyes, nose, sinuses and lymph nodes

Ask your provider questions during your exam because the team at Advance Medical Group is passionate about educating their patients. 

After the wellness exam, your specialist discusses your state of health and depending on your exam, they may order blood tests to check your cholesterol or glucose levels. They also counsel you on how to make changes to achieve a healthier lifestyle if needed.

How often should I get a wellness exam?

If you’re under the age of 30 and in good health, get a wellness exam every two or three years. For patients between the ages of 30 and 49, Advance Medical Group recommends wellness exams every two years. If you are over the age of 50, an annual exam is best.

Sexually active women over the age of 21 should have a yearly women’s health exam at Advance Medical Group to screen for breast and cervical cancer, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). 

Adult males should get similar testing for STDs and also get regular prostate and testicular examinations to screen for cancer. 

The frequency of your wellness exams depends on your current state of health, your age, and gender. For example, if you have a heart condition, your specialist may suggest more frequent wellness exams so they can keep an eye on your blood pressure and other contributing factors.

What diseases does a wellness exam prevent?

During your wellness exam, Advance Medical Group tests for many problems, including:

  • Heart conditions
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis

As you get older, regular wellness exams help recognize problems like diabetes and heart disease early on. By catching these symptoms early, your physician can help you make lifestyle changes that help prevent the issue from becoming serious and affecting the quality of your life.

During your wellness exam, if needed, your provider also discusses ways for you to lose or maintain a healthy weight through the practice’s medical weight loss program that includes services like nutrition counseling, prescription medications, and surgical options. 

These programs help patients lose weight and consequently reduce the risk of chronic conditions like diabetes and other complications. 

Call Advance Medical Group or go online to schedule your wellness exam today to ensure your long-term health.

Preventive Medicine

Prevention is the key to establishing long-term health and wellness. At Advance Medical Group, the team provides preventive services for patients looking to maintain and optimize their health. To learn more about the benefits of preventive medicine, book an appointment at the Hackensack, Paramus, or Haledon, New Jersey, office by phone or online today.

Preventive Medicine Q & A

What is preventive medicine?

Preventive medicine is a proactive approach to health care. Instead of waiting for an illness or disease to arise, the aim of preventive medicine is to help patients minimize and avoid certain health risks. Preventive medicine providers take a whole-person approach to health care, focusing on a broad spectrum of patient needs. 

What is a well-visit?

Well-visits are an essential part of preventive medicine. Well-visits allow your Advance Medical Group provider to stay updated on your overall health. They also allow your provider to establish a record of your medical history, which is essential to making decisions about your long-term health.

Well-visits are important for patients of all ages. Healthcare providers use well-visits to help determine your risk for certain conditions like prostate cancer, breast cancer, and diabetes. 

What are the benefits of preventive medicine?

Preventive medicine can help you minimize and avoid your risk for certain illnesses. You can avoid some of the biggest health risks with proper diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices. Some of the conditions that preventive medicine can address include:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease

Screening and early detection are essential to successfully addressing these issues. With the right treatment plan, patients can greatly reduce their risk for a number of highly avoidable chronic conditions. 

How does preventive medicine work?

In order to reap the benefits of preventive medicine, you have to talk openly with your Advance Medical Group provider about your lifestyle and medical history. 

To get an accurate look at your overall health, your provider also performs a number of evaluations like a physical exam to help determine your health risks and needs. From this information, you and your provider develop a personalized care plan designed to help minimize your risks and optimize your overall health and well-being. 

The preventive health specialists at Advance Medical Group offer convenient, patient-centered care with a focus on overall health and wellness. The team develops custom treatment plans to help patients achieve their health goals. 

To learn more about how you can maintain your health for the long term, book an appointment with Advance Medical Group by phone or online today. 

Physical Exams

Physical exams are a great way to stay on top of your health. Physical exams are an essential part of preventive medicine and can help keep you and your provider updated on any changes to your health. To schedule your next physical exam, book an appointment with Advance Medical Group, with locations in Hackensack, Paramus, and Haledon, New Jersey, by phone or online today.

Physical Exams Q & A

What is the importance of a physical exam?

Physical exams allow your healthcare provider to get a snapshot of your overall health. Physical exams also help you establish a medical history with your provider, which is essential to making decisions about your health in the future. 

Physical exams are recommended annually and play a major role in the early detection of a number of common chronic conditions. Physical exams also allow you to voice any concerns you have about your health.

You may also need to schedule a physical exam for school, sports, or work. 

What happens during physical exams?

Typically, the first part of your physical at Advance Medical Group is a discussion with your provider about any changes or concerns you’ve had since your last visit. Next, your provider performs a number of evaluations to determine the status of your overall health. 

Physical exams can include a number of different examinations and can vary depending on your age, gender, and time since your last exam.

Depending on your case, your provider evaluates the following.

  • Blood pressure
  • Weight
  • Height
  • Vision
  • Heart and lungs
  • Reflexes
  • Abdomen

Based on your physical exam results, your provider makes recommendations for improving your health and limiting your health risks. They might also perform a blood test to get a more in-depth look at your health. Blood tests can reveal cholesterol levels and screen you for conditions like diabetes. 

Your provider might also take this opportunity to administer any immunizations like the flu shot. 

What are my health risks?

For adults, there are a number of health risks that increase with age and lifestyle. Some of the biggest health risks for adults include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease

The providers at Advance Medical Group offer disease management for a number of long-term chronic illnesses. 

To get a better understanding of your health risks, schedule a physical with one of the preventive medicine specialists. You can reduce many of these health risks with simple lifestyle changes like weight loss or proper nutrition. 

How often do I need a physical exam?

It’s recommended that you schedule a well-visit annually. This gives you the opportunity to update your provider on your overall health and allows your provider to establish an understanding of your long-term health.  

To schedule a physical exam for you or a loved one, book an appointment at Advance Medical Group by phone or online today. 

Well Visits

Well visits are essential to avoiding chronic disease. Well visits allow your health care provider to check in on your overall health and make recommendations for how to improve your health. The preventive medicine specialists at Advance Medical Group help patients stay on top of their health with thorough, patient-centered one-on-one evaluations. To schedule your next well visit, book an appointment at the office in Hackensack, Paramus, or Haledon, New Jersey, by phone or online today.

Well Visits Q & A

What happens during a well visit?

During your well visit at Advance Medical Group, your provider performs a series of evaluations that give a detailed look at your overall health. 

Typically, your well visit begins with a discussion of your medical history and any concerns you have about your health. The first evaluation your provider performs is the physical. Physical exams evaluate the following.

  • Vitals (e.g., blood pressure, pulse)
  • Appearance
  • Eyes, ears, and throat
  • Heart
  • Lungs 
  • Abdomen
  • Reflexes and muscle strength

This is an essential part of a well visit. The physical exam helps your provider spot any abnormalities or irregularities in your physical health. Your provider might also perform a blood test to check you for things like high cholesterol and diabetes. 

Well visits are catered to the needs of each patient and can vary depending on your gender.

What is a well-man exam?

In addition to the physical exam, well visits for men can include several other essential evaluations. Based on aspects of your personal health like age, history, and risks, your provider may perform any of the following.

Testicular exam

Testicular exams check for lumps, tenderness, or abnormalities of the testicles. Conditions like testicular cancer are easiest to treat when they are detected early. 

Prostate exam

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men. To perform a prostate exam, your provider feels for lumps and abnormalities on your prostate. 

Hernia exam

This evaluation is used to test for weakness in the abdomen. Commonly known as the ‘turn your head and cough’ test, the hernia exam is designed to detect harmful hernias. 

Penis exam

The penis exam is a simple physical examination of the penis. If there are signs of abnormalities or evidence of sexually transmitted disease (STD), your provider can perform prompt testing to get you diagnosed. 

What is a well-woman exam?

There are a number of additional evaluations designed to screen and detect a wide range of women’s health issues. Based on your personal health, your provider may perform any of the following.

Breast exam

To perform a breast exam, your provider feels for lumps and abnormalities. They also feel under your arms and evaluate the general appearance of your breasts.

Pelvic exam

The pelvic exam is a routine check-up on your vulva, vagina, cervix, uterus, and ovaries. Your provider might also perform STD testing and a Pap test to screen you for cervical cancer. 

Book your next well visit with Advance Medical Group by phone or online today.

Annual Physicals

If it’s been more than a year since your last physical exam, then it’s time to make an appointment. The team of internal medicine providers at Advance Medical Group specializes in preventive care and offers annual physicals to help support your long-term health. Your yearly physical provides a foundation for your health and is an essential tool to reduce your risk of chronic health conditions. To schedule your annual physical, book your appointment online or call one of the locations in Hackensack, Paramus, or Haledon, New Jersey.

Annual Physicals Q & A

What is an annual physical?

An annual physical is a comprehensive medical examination used to evaluate your overall health. The exam is also sometimes referred to as a well-visit or check-up. In addition to serving as a tool to assess your health, the annual physical also helps your healthcare team establish a more trusting patient-doctor relationship that often results in better overall medical care.

What can I expect during an annual physical?

The team of experienced internal medicine physicians offers a thorough annual exam when you come to the office. They spend time evaluating your health concerns and talking to you to provide the best possible care.

Because everyone's health needs are unique, so your annual exam may not be like another. Generally, you can expect your provider to:

  • Review your medical and family history
  • Discuss your medication and supplement use
  • Assess body composition
  • Check your vitals
  • Conduct a comprehensive physical exam

After your exam is complete, your doctor reviews their findings with you and helps you devise a wellness plan to improve or maintain your health. They may also recommend updating your vaccinations, such as your flu shot, to protect you from infection.

Will I need any special tests during my annual physical?

The types of tests you need may depend on your age and gender. Common tests conducted during an an