Physical Exams

Coast and Aloe Medicine and Aesthetics

Adrienne N. Burrows, MD

Internal Medicine & Aesthetics located in Santa Monica, CA

A regular physical exam is an important part of your preventive care. At Coast and Aloe Medicine and Aesthetics, Adrienne Burrows, MD, helps men and women in the West Los Angeles area stay on top of their health with regular checkups to identify health issues before they become serious. Call the Santa Monica, California, office, or book an appointment using the online tool to schedule your physical exam today.

Physical Exams Q & A

Why is it important to have a physical exam?

A physical exam is an important part of your health care, even if you feel okay. During an exam at Coast and Aloe Medicine and Aesthetics, Dr. Burrows can identify changes in your health that might indicate future problems.

Many underlying health conditions, such as high blood pressure, don’t have outward symptoms. A physical exam can make sure you’re as well as you feel. And, if you’re not, help you get early treatment before a health matter escalates.

A physical exam is also a time for Dr. Burrows to review your health history, update your medications, and answer any health questions you may have. By regularly getting checkups, you develop a relationship with Dr. Burrows, so she begins to know your health patterns and can detect changes.

Can I manage chronic conditions through physical exams?

If you have a chronic condition, such as diabetes, you may need more frequent exams to keep tabs on your health. High blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, and arthritis are a few common conditions that require more regular physical exams.

During these exams, Dr. Burrows reviews how your treatment is going. She may make tweaks to your treatment plan and ensures your condition isn’t progressing.

For example, if you have diabetes, it’s important to have your blood sugar monitored regularly. When your blood sugar is consistently too high, it can lead to damage in your internal organs and central nervous system. You may also have elevated blood sugar levels, but not quite at the level for a diabetes diagnosis. In these cases, Dr. Burrows can help you make lifestyle changes that include a healthy diet, more physical activity, and weight loss to avoid developing the full-blown disease.

What happens during a physical exam?

A physical exam at Coast and Aloe Medicine and Aesthetics is a comprehensive check of your health. You have your weight, heart rate, blood pressure, and oxygen levels measured. Dr. Burrows also checks your heart, respiratory system, ears, eyes, nose, and throat for any abnormalities. She asks questions about your mental health and safety at home.

Dr. Burrows checks your thyroid gland and reflexes as well as looks at your overall appearance, including coloration, skin health, and muscle tone. Women may undergo a pelvic exam to check their reproductive organs and men a prostate exam to look for abnormalities.

Visit Coast and Aloe Medicine and Aesthetics for your next physical exam. Call the office or schedule using the online booking tool.