The Importance of Routine Medical Checkups

You go in to see your providers for many reasons – when you are sick, if you are in pain, or if something just doesn’t feel right. What about when you are feeling just fine? It is important to see your provider routinely, as there may be something that you don’t know about yet in regards to your health.

When was the last time you saw your primary care provider? Even if you are feeling great, it can be beneficial to go in for routine check-ups or preventive screenings. When you take preventative action for your health, it keeps you prepared and allows you to catch health issues in the earliest of stages, allowing for the best recovery rate.

Benefits of routine medical checkups include better detection and treatment of chronic illness such as depression and hypertension. With these checkups, we also see an increase in vaccinations and screening for diseases such as cancer. A few additional benefits of regular checkups include reduced risk of illness, early detection of health conditions or diseases, and limited risk of complications due to close monitoring of existing conditions.

It’s time to take charge of your health. Give prevention your attention and schedule a visit with your provider today! Need help deciding what type of appointment you might be needing to schedule? See the following preventive health screening checklist for adults.

Annual well-visit (yearly)

  • Family history
  • Blood pressure
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Physical exam
  • Preventive screening
  • Counseling

Cancer screenings (as recommended)

  • Colorectal
  • Skin
  • Breast (women)
  • Cervical (women)
  • Testicular and Prostate (men)

Sensory screenings

  • Eyesight
  • Hearing (only if symptoms arise)


  • Tetanus, Diptheria (Tdap)
  • Influenza
  • Pneumococcal
  • MMR
  • Meningococcal
  • Varicella
  • Shingles
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Haemophilus Influenza Type B

Helpful Resources

As you work to make preventive a priority, check out these helpful resources:
The Importance of Regular Check-Ups
Routine Medical Checkups Have Important Health Benefits