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  • Writer's pictureDr. Thomas Bailey, MD

How A Routine Physical Could Save Your Life

Scheduling a routine physical exam may seem like a mundane task, but it can have life-saving implications. Routine physicals allow healthcare providers to assess your overall health, detect early signs of disease, and provide preventive care.


Here are some real-world examples that highlight the importance of scheduling and attending routine physical exams:


  1. Detecting Silent Killers: High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes are often referred to as "silent killers" because they can cause serious health complications without presenting noticeable symptoms. During a routine physical, these conditions can be detected through simple tests like blood pressure checks and blood tests. Early detection and management can prevent heart attacks, strokes, and other complications.

  2. Preventing Cancer: Regular screenings, such as mammograms, Pap smears, and colonoscopies, can detect cancer in its early stages when treatment is most effective. For example, a routine mammogram led to the early detection of breast cancer in actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, highlighting the importance of regular screenings for women.

  3. Identifying Mental Health Concerns: Routine physical exams often include questions about mental health. This can help identify issues like depression and anxiety early, allowing for timely intervention and treatment. In some cases, routine screenings have even led to the identification of underlying mental health conditions in individuals who were not aware of their symptoms.

  4. Managing Chronic Conditions: For individuals with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, or arthritis, routine physical exams are essential for monitoring the progression of the disease and adjusting treatment plans accordingly. Regular check-ups can help prevent complications and improve quality of life.

  5. Preventing Infectious Diseases: Vaccinations are a crucial part of preventive care. During a routine physical, healthcare providers can assess your vaccination status and administer vaccines as needed. This is particularly important in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, where vaccines have played a key role in controlling the spread of the virus.

In conclusion, scheduling and attending routine physical exams can be life-saving. These exams allow healthcare providers to detect and manage a wide range of health conditions, from chronic diseases to cancer.


By prioritizing preventive care and staying up-to-date with screenings and vaccinations, you can take control of your health and potentially avoid serious health complications.


If you live in the Austintown or Youngstown greater area and would like to schedule a work or school physical, Mahoney Valley Direct Primary Care offers them for the affordable price of $60. Schedule as a new patient in the link below



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