Annual Physicals Specialist

Care and Cure AZ

Sandhya Venugopal, MD

Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in Phoenix, AZ

Annual physicals save lives, as detecting a disease early increases your chance of successful treatment. At Care and Cure AZ in Phoenix, Arizona, primary care physician Sandhya Venugopal, MD, offers comprehensive physicals for patients of all ages to make sure you’re in good health and treat medical problems before they become serious. Call the office to schedule an annual physical today or book an appointment online.

Annual Physicals Q&A

What are annual physicals?

An annual, or yearly, physical is a wellness exam with Dr. Venugopal to make sure you’re in good health. You might require a physical to play on a sports team, attend school, work for the Department of Transportation (DOT), or for immigration.

What should I expect during an annual physical?

Annual physicals are similar for men, women, and children but vary slightly. Before your physical exam, Dr. Venugopal checks your vitals and reviews your medical history.

Dr. Venugopal completes a physical examination, which may include evaluating your eyes, ears, and throat, listening to your breathing, checking your reflexes, and completing a pelvic exam in women. 

Depending on your health history, lifestyle, and chronic disease risk factors, she may screen you for:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes and prediabetes
  • Heart problems
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Other hormone imbalances
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Breast, cervical, prostate, or colon cancers
  • Depression, anxiety, or other mental health disorders
  • Sexual problems, such as erectile dysfunction

Dr. Venugopal might take a urine sample, blood draw, or recommend imaging tests to diagnose or rule out certain health conditions.

What treatments might I need after an annual physical?

If Dr. Venugopal discovers a health problem after an annual physical, treatment options will be considered. If you have an illness or chronic disease, you might require:

  • Making lifestyle (diet, exercise, etc.) changes
  • Prescription or over-the-counter medications
  • Further diagnostic testing
  • Talk therapy for a mental health disorder
  • Alternative medicine (physical therapy, chiropractic care, etc.)
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • A specialist’s care

If you have a serious medical condition that requires invasive treatment, such as surgery, Dr. Venugopal can refer you to a qualified specialist. For example, if you have cancer, you’ll see an oncologist who specializes in cancer treatments.

How often should I schedule an annual physical?

As a rule, schedule an annual physical every year and make subsequent appointments more often if Dr. Venugopal recommends it. Be proactive about your health to prevent disease risk factors from becoming serious illnesses. 

To book an annual physical, call Care and Cure AZ for an appointment or use the online scheduler today.