Let’s review what you will experience in a check-up at Northern Medical Center:
Basic measures of height and weight are the first things doctors check. These allow us
to record a broad baseline of your health and track any unusual changes. Sudden weight loss or gain, for instance, can
help alert us to other changes in your body system or lifestyle.
These include blood pressure, heart rate, and potentially other markers of your
cardiovascular system such as impedance or heart rate variability. This information is important to assess, especially
if you have any personal or family history of heart issues. It can also be useful to gauge baseline stress and
arousal, which are fundamentally factors that affect the whole body.
- 3. Personal description of health.
This is dedicated time for you and your doctor to discuss how you’re feeling, in
language that makes sense to you. Proper medical care begins with a solid understanding of your experience and what
matters to you. If there are any new goals or areas of concern we may want to look further into, it may make sense to
schedule a follow-up session or specialized treatment, to focus more deeply on how you can plan for success in a
Keep in mind the following areas may be useful to cover with your provider:
- Uncomfortable sensations in your body,
and where they are located
- If you feel pain, how you would describe
it—throbbing, dull, pressured, sharp?
- Also for pain, how long does it typically
- What, if anything, seems to trigger,
worsen, or improve pain?
- 4. Evaluate social and lifestyle factors and their influence on your
There are a number variables beyond just your own diet and exercise that could
contribute to your health and wellbeing, as well as to “turning on” or “off” genetic factors that impact your body’s
performance. For instance, are you frequently exposed to stressful encounters? What kind of hobbies and habits do you
have? Are you exposed to any potential toxins during at job? Having a conversation about this with your PCP can help
to uncover potential issues to look out for, and possibly to suggest modifications, that could allow you to thrive in
- 5. Inspecting your medications and supplements
Your PCP will review any medications you are currently prescribed to, including
over-the-counter drugs, supplements, or other herbal nutrition. Our providers are trained to look for potential
biochemical interactions, and may be able to help you better understand how what you put into your body may interface
with your diet, lifestyle, and current functioning.
- 6. Reviewing relatives’ health history.
Where you are coming from affects where you’re going. The health history of your
relatives is an important way to interpret current health data, as well as to forecast for potential things we may
want to look out for in the future. Please give some thought to your relatives’ health, and come ready to share about
their overall health and any conditions (as well as the status or resolution of these conditions) they may be
currently experiencing or experienced before.
- 7. Assessment of your body, itself.
Your PCP will carefully inventory each of your body’s organ systems, as well as nerves
and structural factors (joints, spine, and so on). This includes a basic assessment of your vision, breathing,
hearing, and more. Depending on the age of a patient, we may also incorporate specialized exams (such as breast or
pelvic exams for women, or genital and prostate exams for men).
- 8. Additional, specialized tests and bloodwork.
Depending on the physical exam or your personal goals, we may choose to run some
follow-up tests to assess various factors at the biochemical level of your body. Hormones, fat, vitamins, minerals,
oxygen, and other body byproducts such as glucose can tell us quite a lot about how your body is functioning.
Sometimes, a better understanding these factors can even mean the difference between having to take longterm
medications or not.
These are the most common components of a physical exam at Northern Medical Center. As
each individual is unique, there may be additional, unique experiences that fit your own situation. Personalized,
preventative healthcare is completely focused on you, and we will tailor our sessions to best fit your needs!