Having an annual physical exam is an important part of maintaining good health and monitoring chronic conditions. It also increases the chance of finding health problems early and treating them before they become serious. Board certified family physician Dr. Todd Carruthers, located in Allen, Texas, provides complete physical exams for patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors.
In general, patients can expect to have Dr. Carruthers or a physician assistant take their vitals, which includes blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, and temperature. These measurements can provide evidence of health issues, such as high blood pressure or a rapid breathing or heart rate. Dr. Carruthers also uses a stethoscope to listen for signs of heart or lung problems. He also checks the eyes, ears, nose, and other parts of the body for any visible signs of health issues. Specific blood tests and a urinalysis differ between patients, depending on age and medical history. Patients of all ages should discuss any health concerns they have with Dr. Carruthers during their physical.
Patients who come in for their first complete physical should bring information on their medical history and fill forms that are needed for first-time visits. Other important information to provide includes medications (including supplements) that patients are currently taking.
Important questions to ask include:
If a complete physical reveals signs of a health problem, patients may need to return for additional testing. They’ll also meet with Dr. Carruthers to discuss their diagnosis and treatment options. Depending on the health problem in question, patients might need to come in for checkups more often, such as if they’re diagnosed with a chronic condition that needs careful monitoring.
For more information on complete physicals or to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Todd Carruthers.
At Dr. Carruther's office, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept and click here for the full list. We do not accept insurance for cosmetic procedures. Please contact our office and ask for Jaime if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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"I’ve been with Dr. Caruthers for a number of years now and I can honestly say that I have complete confidence in any diagnosis he makes."
"Dr. Carruthers has become the general practitioner for my husband and myself. It's always easy to get in and he spends time with you and really listens."
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