Preventative Medicine

Immunizations | Physical Exams | Sports Physicals | Cancer Screening

Immunizations

Vaccines are one of the safest and best methods of prevention. Immunizations can be administered to patients with minor illnesses, such as an ear infection or runny nose. Patients experiencing moderate to severe sickness should not receive some vaccinations, and those with other health conditions should not be given specific vaccines or receive them at a later date.

Our office follows the Immunization Schedule recommended by the Center of Disease Control:

CDC's Recommended Immunizations

If you have any questions/concerns about your or your child's immunizations, feel free to contact us.

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Physical Exams

We recommend patients have a physical exam each year to screen for diseases, determine the risks of possible future medical problems, update vaccinations and promote a healthy lifestyle. The majority of patients only seek medical attention when they are ill. Yearly 'well exams' allow your provider to assure the appropriate amount of attention is given to your overall wellness.  These visits enable the early detection and treatment of the medical problems that you may not be aware of.  Many medical problems can be present for a lengthy period of time without any symptoms being present.  The problems include: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and several types of cancer.  Maintaining your yearly physical exam appointment allow us to recognize potential problems and treat them before they become more serious. During this exam, your provider will discuss your individualized risks, as well as provide a thorough physical exam.  These services are designed to find problems at an earlier, more treatable stage.  These medical conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Skin Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colon Caner
  • Prostate Cancer
  • High Cholesterol
  • Thyroid Abnormalities
  • Vitamin Deficiencies
  • Obesity
  • Heart Irregularites
  • Lung Problems
  • Peripheral Vascular Disease

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Sports Physicals

A sports physical will determine if your child has any potential medical findings that could prevent them from safely participating in certain activities. Many sport organizations and schools require a physical exam prior to your child's participation in a sport.

When you visit our office for a sports physical, you can often expect that we will review your health history as well as discuss your family's health history. The doctor will also:

  • Check blood pressure, pulse reading
  • Record weight and height
  • Check lungs, heart, abdomen, ears, nose and throat
  • Evaluate posture, joints, reflexes, strength, and flexibility
  • Check your vision

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Cancer Screening

Early detection is the key to surviving cancer, no matter what kind of cancer it may be. During your annual physical exam, your physician will screen for all types of cancer, including breast, ovarian, testicular, prostate, colon and skin cancer, just to name a few. Many factors determine when a patient should start having a cancer screening, such as age, gender, medical history and family history. Consult your provider regarding your appropriate cancer screening schedule. It is also just as important to perform self-exams to screen for cancer of the breast, testes and skin.

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