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What is a Wellness Check?

Have you ever wondered what a wellness check entails? At Feliz Family Care, we understand that navigating the healthcare system can be confusing.

This article will explain what a wellness check is, how it works, and how it differs from other types of doctor visits.

What is Wellness Check?

A wellness check, also known as a preventive care visit, is a proactive approach to healthcare. It focuses on identifying potential health issues early on, before they become more serious.

This can help prevent future illnesses and improve your overall well-being.

How Does a Wellness Check Work?

During a wellness check, your doctor will typically:

  • Review your medical history, including any past illnesses, surgeries, or medications you take.
  • Discuss your lifestyle habits, such as diet, exercise, and smoking.
  • Take your vital signs, such as blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate.
  • Perform a physical examination, which may include checking your height, weight, and reflexes.
  • Depending on your age, gender, and health history, your doctor may also recommend certain screenings, such as blood tests or mammograms.

What is not included in a wellness visit?

It’s important to understand that a wellness check is not the same as a visit for a specific medical concern.

If you are experiencing a particular symptom or illness, you should schedule a separate appointment to discuss it with your doctor.

A wellness check also typically does not include treatments or procedures.

Medicare annual wellness visits

If you are a Medicare beneficiary, you are entitled to an annual wellness visit covered by Medicare. This visit is similar to a standard wellness check and focuses on preventive care.

Wellness Exam vs. Physical

The terms “wellness exam” and “physical” are often used interchangeably. However, there can be slight variations depending on the healthcare provider.

A wellness exam may focus more on preventive care and health education, while a physical may be more comprehensive and address any immediate health concerns.

Wellnes Exam

  • Focus: Preventive care, identifying potential health issues
  • Content: Medical history review, lifestyle discussion, vital signs measurement, limited physical examination
  • Treatment: Typically does not include treatment
  • Frequency: Recommended annually or as needed based on health risks

Physical Exam

  • Focus: Comprehensive evaluation of overall health, addressing immediate concerns
  • Content: Medical history review, lifestyle discussion, comprehensive physical examination, wider range of screenings
  • Treatment: May include treatment recommendations or prescriptions
  • Frequency: Frequency may vary depending on age, health, and doctor’s recommendation

Taking Charge of Your Health

Scheduling regular wellness checks is an important step in taking charge of your health.

At Feliz Family Care, our dedicated team is committed to providing affordable, high-quality preventive care to patients and families in Maricopa County.

We can help you understand your individual health needs and develop a personalized plan to stay healthy.

Call Feliz Family Care today at 480-660-46-16 to schedule your wellness check and take control of your health!

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