Physicals Specialist

Gladstone A. Payton, DO

Family Medicine & Anti-Aging located in Mt. Clemens, MI

Regardless of your age or life stage, annual physical exams can help keep you healthy and reduce the risk of developing a more serious health condition. Men, women, and families in Mt. Clemens, Michigan, can trust Dr. Gladstone Payton at his practice to keep tabs on their health. If you need a physical to check on your general health or for your job or school, call the practice of Gladstone A. Payton, DO today.

Physicals Q & A

Why is an annual physical important?

An annual physical is an important step in preventive care. Dr. Payton can catch certain health issues that could escalate if not managed early. He can also set specific health goals, such as weight loss or decreasing your risk of high blood pressure, during these visits and monitor your progress towards them.

An annual physical is also time to check if you’re up-to-date with vaccinations, which are essential in helping prevent serious infections, including the flu. You’re also able to update Dr. Payton on any changes that could affect your health, such as allergies, medication changes, or hospitalizations. These may alter his treatment plan and recommendations for your health maintenance.

One of the most important benefits of an annual physical is establishing a relationship with a physician. Through annual visits (and any other visits you might need during the year), Dr. Payton can get to know his patients as people and individualize their care. Dr. Payton is your health partner and advocate. At an annual physical, you’re not visiting him with an acute problem, so an annual physical can focus on all aspects of your health – not just a specific problem. He also can better address any serious conditions that pop up more readily as he’s already familiar with your baseline health.

What should I expect at an annual physical?

At an annual physical, Dr. Payton performs a comprehensive exam. He will order lab tests that include a blood glucose and cholesterol screening. Your blood pressure is checked and he may also evaluate your bone health through an osteoporosis screening. These tests can reveal an underlying condition, such as heart disease or diabetes.

He will evaluate your weight to determine if you might benefit from lifestyle changes to reduce your body weight or a medical intervention. Achieving a healthy weight is important to long-term health.

Why else might I need a physical?

If your child needs a physical to prove they’re up-to-date on health requirements, such as vaccines, Dr. Payton can help. He also offers sports physicals and physicals required for immigration purposes. Call the office or book your physical appointment online.

Dr. Payton can act as your health partner and advocate. Schedule your physical exams at his office by calling or booking online.