Adult Physicals Specialist

Salient Health Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Addiction Medicine Physicians located in Goodlettsville, TN

Adult physicals are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and should never be delayed or ignored. For those in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, Salient Health Primary Care offers comprehensive physicals that can help you learn more about how your body is functioning. Booking takes just moments online or over the phone, so don’t delay.

Adult Physicals Q&A

Why are routine adult physicals so important?

Physical exams are the foundation of excellent health, and scheduling these visits should be part of your long-term health and wellness planning. Most adults benefit from an annual physical exam, although if you’re living with a chronic health condition, you may need to come in for more frequent visits. 

These exams allow the provider to perform the screenings appropriate for your age, sex, and overall health. The results can catch disease in the earliest possible stages, when treatments are often most effective. 

What happens during a physical exam?

These visits begin with a discussion about your personal and family health history. This is also a chance for you to ask your provider any questions you have or express concerns. Be sure to bring up any changes you’ve noticed since your last visit. 

A routine gathering of your vital signs is also included. Expect checks of your:

  • Heart rate
  • Breathing
  • Blood pressure
  • Height and weight
  • Temperature
  • Skin condition
  • Overall appearance

The information collected during this part of the exam is added to your personal health record, which guides your health services and treatment for the rest of your life. Salient Health Primary Care makes sure to cater your physical exam to your needs, whether for personal use, school, or employer requirements, such as a DOT physical. 

What are DOT physicals?

DOT physicals are mandatory physical exams for individuals who operate commercial vehicles in the United States. These physicals are necessary to evaluate your physical and mental fitness for operating heavy machinery, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) guidelines.

Commercial vehicle operators, like truck drivers, often transport hazardous materials, drive in dangerous conditions, sit for long periods, and work long hours with hectic work schedules. That’s why it’s essential to undergo a DOT physical once every two years.

How can I prepare for a physical exam?

The best way to prepare for your annual physical exam is to think about what you’d like to accomplish from the interaction. If you have questions, be sure to write them down and bring them in to make sure you get the answers you need.

Provide a list of all medications and supplements you’re taking, and share the details of any medical conditions for which you’re being treated. Your provider can check your drug therapy program to ensure you are getting the support your body needs to thrive without taking more medications than are absolutely needed. 

Many people take notes during their visit, writing down answers to various questions and creating a list of health topics to research once you get home. 

If you’re overdue for a physical exam, call the office today to set up a visit. Online booking is also an option and takes very little time to complete.