If it’s been more than a year since you last had a physical, don’t wait any longer. At The Healthy Woman, Barbara Joy Jones-Parks, DO, offers comprehensive physicals, including Pap tests, breast exams, and pelvic exams. To make an appointment at the practice in Snellville or Lawrenceville, Georgia, call the nearest office or click the online booking feature today.
A physical exam is a preventive procedure that assesses your general health.
During a physical, Dr. Jones-Parks reviews your medical history and asks about your lifestyle, including how often you exercise, the type of food you eat, and if you smoke or drink alcohol. Then, she checks your vital signs, including your blood pressure, heart rate, temperature, and respiration rate.
Next, Dr. Jones-Parks observes your skin, looking for any unusual growths or moles. Then, she uses a light to examine your eyes, ears, nose, and throat. Dr. Jones-Parks has you lie down on an exam table and gently palpates your abdomen to determine the size and location of your organs. Afterward, she asks you to sit up and tests your reflexes, nerves, and balance.
Following the exam, Dr. Jones-Parks orders lab tests or screening procedures based on your age, medical history, and needs.
At The Healthy Woman, a woman’s physical includes several sex-specific procedures, including:
During a breast exam, Dr. Jones-Parks carefully feels your breasts for any abnormal growths or lumps. She also checks your lymph nodes and assesses the appearance of your breasts and nipples.
During a pelvic exam, Dr. Jones-Parks assesses the health of your cervix, vulva, vagina, ovaries, and uterus. Depending on your age and sexual activity, she might also recommend a Pap test or an HPV test.
At The Healthy Woman, Dr. Jones-Parks recommends lab testing based on each individual’s needs. Some of the most common tests that she orders include, a complete blood count, a chemistry panel, and urinalysis. These measures can diagnose potentially serious conditions, including high cholesterol, diabetes, hormonal imbalances, and nutritional deficiencies.
Dr. Jones-Parks recommends scheduling a physical exam at least once a year, even if you feel healthy. Many potentially serious conditions, including high blood pressure and high cholesterol, don’t present obvious symptoms at first.
Regular visits to The Healthy Woman can alert you early on. Plus, Dr. Jones-Parks can make recommendations to help you keep these issues in check and prevent them from getting worse.
Don’t wait to schedule a physical exam at The Healthy Woman. To make an appointment, call the nearest office or click the online booking feature today.