The goal of a wellness visit is to evaluate your current health, screen for common health concerns, answer any questions you may have, and provide any necessary treatment.
At the beginning of a wellness visit, a member of the staff at The Medical Clinic takes your temperature, checks your blood pressure, and measures your weight. For younger patients, this part of the process may also involve a height measurement. Next, the doctor performs a thorough physical exam, which may involve palpating (tapping) certain parts of your body, listening to your heart and lungs, and asking questions about your health.
The purpose of a sick visit is to investigate specific symptoms and provide treatment if necessary. Sick visits begin much like wellness visits. A staff member takes your temperature, checks your weight, and checks your blood pressure. Next, the doctor performs an exam focusing on the area affected by your symptoms. For example, if you’re complaining of pain in your ear, he examines your ear with special tools.
Depending on the results of the exam, the doctor may order additional testing or prescribe treatment. For example, if the doctor thinks you may have strep, he may order a throat culture and prescribe antibiotics.
For adults and children over age two, wellness visits are necessary once each year. You may need additional appointments if you need medication refills or have any questions or concerns about your health. Children under age two need to see the doctor more often, depending on their specific age.
You should make an appointment for a sick visit any time you experience symptoms that are severe or don’t go away on their own within an appropriate amount of time. If you aren’t sure whether your situation warrants a sick visit, call the office for guidance.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!