The Importance of Having an Annual Physical

Oct 04, 2023
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Your schedule is busy enough without adding an annual physical, especially when you feel fine. But keeping this yearly appointment can save you time, money, and stress in the long run. Here’s why annual physicals are essential to your overall health.

In and around View Park, California, Weekend Urgent Care is known for patient-focused care and service seven days a week — but we offer more than convenience and accessibility for acute medical conditions.

Dr. Amos Ladouceur and our team of experienced medical professionals also provide everyday primary care services to kids and adults for nonurgent health concerns. We’re here to keep you and your family well and empower you to take control of your health. 

One of the most effective ways to do that is through annual physicals. Far from being just another appointment on your calendar, this comprehensive health assessment plays an integral role in maintaining your overall well-being.

The benefits of an annual physical

An annual physical is a thorough examination that allows Dr. Ladouceur to assess your health status and catch any potential medical issues early on. During this annual wellness exam, he reviews your medical history and vaccinations, screens for various diseases, and updates your medical records. 

It might sound like a lot to fit into one appointment, but we can complete this routine exam thoroughly and efficiently in about 30 minutes. In the long run, half an hour once a year can save you significant time and money by helping you prevent illnesses that could potentially sideline you for weeks or months. 

Here are the benefits of scheduling and keeping your annual physical appointment as a proactive step toward safeguarding your health.

Complete health assessment

During your annual physical, Dr. Ladouceur conducts a complete health assessment, which includes measuring your vital signs, examining your body, and asking about your lifestyle habits, such as diet, physical activity, smoking, and alcohol use. 

This comprehensive overview allows us to identify any potential health risks before they become serious.


Because vaccinations are a crucial part of preventive health care, during your annual checkup, we ensure that you're up-to-date with all necessary immunizations, protecting you from preventable diseases. If you or your child are missing vaccinations, we can get you back on schedule

Updating medical records

We rely on accurate medical records to diagnose new health issues and develop treatment plans, so we take a few minutes during your annual physical to update your chart. When the information in your file is correct and current, it ensures that we make decisions based on your health and needs and enables us to provide you with the best possible care.

Establishing a health baseline

Your annual physical provides a baseline of your health, and Dr. Ladouceur uses that information to measure and assess future changes. It also helps him track the progress of chronic diseases and evaluate the effectiveness of medications.

Monitoring chronic diseases

If you have a chronic condition like diabetes or heart disease, annual physicals allow us to monitor your status closely, adjusting treatment plans to ensure optimal health outcomes.

Ordering cancer screenings

Because early cancer detection significantly increases your chances of successful treatment, we recommend routine cancer screenings based on your age and other risk factors. Regular screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, can help identify cancer in its earliest stages when it's most treatable.

Medication management

During your visit, Dr. Ladouceur reviews all of your medications, ensuring that they’re working effectively and that you’re taking them correctly. This is crucial in avoiding drug interactions and other complications.

Preventive care and advice

Beyond just treating illness, an annual physical is a chance to discuss preventive care strategies. Dr. Ladouceur is happy to advise you on nutrition, exercise, stress management, and other lifestyle factors that contribute to your overall well-being.

Fostering a strong relationship with your doctor

The patient-doctor relationship is a partnership that works best when you know and trust each other. Annual physicals provide the chance to build a strong, trusting relationship. The more we understand about your health history and lifestyle, the more personalized and effective your care can be.

Annual physicals are a powerful tool for prevention and early intervention. Take charge of your health today — call or book an appointment online at Weekend Urgent Care for your annual physical. Your future self will thank you.