Annual Physicals Specialist

Anna Abalos, MD -  - Family Practice Physician

Anna Abalos, MD

Family Practice Physician located in Roseville, CA

Health problems can arise without giving you any warning signs, which is why you should visit Dr. Anna P. Abalos for regular physicals. At her practice in Roseville, California, she can determine if you have health issues like heart disease, diabetes, or high cholesterol. Schedule your annual physical using the contact form to preserve your health for years to come.

Annual Physicals Q & A

What happens during physical exams?

During an exam, you have a prime opportunity to update your medical information and bring up questions or concerns. Next, Dr. Abalos takes your vital signs, including your heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration.

Dr. Abalos conducts a visual evaluation of your:

  • Head
  • Chest
  • Eyes
  • Abdomen

Dr. Abalos examines various aspects of your musculoskeletal system, including your hands. She also tests your motor functions and reflexes and looks for any lumps on areas like your abdomen.

Does Dr. Abalos conduct any lab tests during physical exams?

Especially if you have a preexisting condition, Dr. Abalos may order blood testing, including a complete blood count and a chemistry panel. These tests ensure you don’t have any signs of an infection and are receiving an adequate amount of nutrition.

Sometimes, abnormal test results indicate a severe problem. For instance, if you have a buildup of protein or sodium in your system, it could point to a kidney problem.

Dr. Abalos may conduct a blood glucose test to check your sugar level. You might even need a thyroid screening or other specific testing if she suspects a severe issue. If requested, Dr. Abalos will screen for sexually transmitted diseases.

Certain testing is specific to your age or gender. For example, Dr. Abalos urges men over the age of 50 to have a prostate screening. Men should have a testicular exam to evaluate the testicles for lumps, tenderness, or changes in size.  

Around the age of 65, women should have a bone density screening to check for osteoporosis, which tends to arise during and after menopause.  

Why is it important to have regular physical exams?

It’s important to have routine physical exams because not all conditions cause symptoms. Two primary examples are high cholesterol and hypertension. Both conditions could lead to a heart attack or stroke if left untreated.

You might ignore symptoms that are signs of a severe problem. For example, frequent urination could indicate a kidney problem or urinary tract infection (UTI). If a condition you have grows more severe, you need an updated treatment approach.

Protect your health as long as you can by calling the office or using the online form to schedule a physical exam with Dr. Abalos.