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Why Should I Get a Well Check?

Healthy Lifestyle

Well checks are an important part of staying healthy.

Finding problems before they start

Regular health exams, screenings and tests can help find problems before they start, when your chances for treatment and cure are better. 

Establishing a baseline

Getting to know your provider also gives them a baseline to know what you look like when you are healthy. If you only see your doctor when you are sick, they won’t know how you look and feel when you are well.

Depending on your age, well checkups may include:

  • A review of family history
  • Physical exam
  • Height/weight/body mass index (BMI)
  • Immunizations 
  • Lead screenings
  • Vision and hearing testing
  • Dental screenings
  • Developmental/behavioral screenings
  • Well woman services (Breast cancer, cervical cancer and STD/STI screenings)
  • Health education
  • Medication review

It’s about more than illness

But well checks are about more than just physical health. Regular visits with your health care provider also give both time to get to know one another. 

Let’s face it, things can happen with our health as we age. Having an established relationship with a provider, allows you to understand one another and develop a trust. When it comes to the decisions you and your provider make together you will be more inclined to know how and why those decisions are made, and for your provider to understand your goals with your own health.

It is important to work with your provider to make sure all of your health care needs are met. If you have any questions or concerns, talk with your Methodist Physicians Clinic provider.

Christine Jeffrey

About the Author:

Dr. Christine Jeffrey's mission is to help people have a good understanding of how their body functions and what they can do in order to stay healthy. 

Dr. Jeffrey is a board-certified family medicine doctor at Methodist Physicians Clinic Regency. She attended medical school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed her residency training at Clarkson Hospital.

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