CHRONIC DISEASE MANAGEMENT
HEALTH SCREENINGS AND PHYSICALS
Chronic condition management is the process of managing and treating long-term health conditions that cannot be cured completely. Some common examples of chronic conditions include diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and asthma.
Effective management of chronic conditions requires a proactive approach, involving both the patient and their healthcare provider. Here are some key steps to managing chronic conditions:
- Understanding the condition: Educate yourself about the condition, its causes, symptoms, and treatments.
- Creating a care plan: Work with your healthcare provider to create a personalized care plan that outlines your treatment options, medication schedule, and lifestyle modifications.
- Monitoring symptoms: Regularly monitor and record your symptoms, and report any changes to your healthcare provider.
- Taking medications as prescribed: Take medications exactly as directed, and keep a record of when you take them and any side effects you experience.
- Making lifestyle changes: Chronic conditions often require lifestyle changes, such as modifying your diet, increasing physical activity, and quitting smoking.
- Staying in touch with a healthcare provider: Regular check-ins with your healthcare provider can help ensure that your treatment plan remains on track and that any necessary adjustments are made.
- Coping with stress: Chronic conditions can be stressful, and managing stress is an important part of overall health. Consider seeking support from friends, family, or a support group.
By following these steps, individuals with chronic conditions can improve their health, reduce their risk of complications, and lead a more fulfilling life.
Some health screenings and physicals offered include:
- Annual physicals: A comprehensive evaluation of overall health, including a review of medical history, a physical examination, and lab tests.
- Well-woman exams: A yearly exam specifically designed for women, which may include a pelvic exam, breast exam, and Pap test.
- Screenings for specific conditions: Tests and assessments to screen for specific health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, or cancer.
- Workplace physicals: Evaluations for employees to ensure they are healthy and fit to perform their job duties.
- Sports physicals: Evaluations to assess an individual’s fitness and overall health before participating in a sport or physical activity.
- School physicals: Required for children prior to starting school, including both public and private schools.
- DOT physicals: Required for individuals who operate commercial motor vehicles and must meet specific health and fitness standards set by the Department of Transportation.
- Travel physicals: Evaluations to assess an individual’s health and identify any potential health risks before traveling, especially to destinations with different health risks.
- Immigration physicals: Required for individuals immigrating to another country and must meet certain health requirements.
- Surgical Clearance