Our physicians perform complete physicals for patients at all stages of life. Preventative care is a vital portion of your health care because it allows you and your doctor to understand your current health. Physicals and yearly well-exams also provide our doctors with the opportunity to identify and diagnose serious conditions earlier rather then later. Early diagnosis lowers your risk of harmful diseases and illnesses, which can shorten your life. Physicals provide our doctors with medical data, which better equips them to provide you with proper treatment and medical care. Putting off or ignoring yearly physicals and well-exams is not a healthy practice. At Family Medicine Associates of Texas, we strongly recommend a complete physical every 1 – 2 years from ages 20 – 39 and every year after age 40.
Our physical includes a detailed questionnaire that reviews your entire medical history along with a complete head-to-toe examination. Approximately 60 different lab tests are run on 2 tubes of blood to screen for diseases. We review results with you and provide specific suggestions and action steps to take.
"Great job. It's why we have been coming here for 16 years!"- RM / Office Visit / Sep 07, 2017
"My wife and I moved to this practice, as patients of Dr. Jeffrey Stewart, back in 2016. I was sick and my internist’s staff in Dallas told me to go to a ’doc-in-the-box’ or wait 3 days. Couldn’t do that, and it happened twice in a period of 2 months during flu season, so we decided to change doctors. Looking through our plan, we found this practice not far from us.We also found that Family Medicine Associates could see me that day and I was assigned to Dr. Stewart. Later we discovered they have Saturday office hours and at various times both my wife and I have been there on a Saturday if we were ill and didn’t want to go to the urgent care center or wait until Monday.A couple years ago Dr. Stewart began treating my wife’s high blood sugar and at a certain point her case became more complex so he referred us to an endocrinologist. This was a life-changing moment that probably saved my wife’s life. I’ve just been referred to a urologist for an issue that requires a higher level of specialty, the outcome of which is uncertain at this point.What you should take away from this is that it is comforting to have a physician who knows when it’s time to call in a specialist. Doctors don’t know everything about everything, if they are the right kind of person to know their own limitations and we respect this in Dr. Stewart. He has not steered us wrong yet and we have no reason to expect he would.I’d rather go to him knowing that if he feels we should dig deeper he will send us out to a professional colleague whom he knows for a higher level of care if it’s needed. It’s about what each type of physician is trained for.And for physicals, I have my annual physical every year, in 2 parts, with Dr. Stewart. This is not this medical practice’s policy, it’s standard procedure for a complete physical. Get your blood and urine work done first, and return a 2nd time to review the results and develop a plan of action. We are fortunate to have very good health care coverage and it covers the 2-part physical 100%. A lot of this depends on your coverage, so know your policy’s parameters before you go somewhere and think you are being taken advantage of.We’ve never had issue with the office staff, either, nor any billing issues. Don’t rely on others to know your coverage. Learn what is covered and for how much and pay attention, ask questions, and always review your EOBs. Especially in this tough time, this practice is well-organized to handle your needs in person or remotely and they seem to be a group of caring professionals who have just one interest - your well-being."- D.B. / Yelp / Jul 07, 2020
Type of Physicals
It is far easier to prevent an illness than to treat it. A physical begins with a comprehensive baseline examination to identify any potential health issues. We want to prevent early, minor problems from becoming serious major problems. These guidelines indicate the tests and procedures that should be performed on a regular basis for healthy people without disease or physical symptoms. If you have illnesses, symptoms or a family history of disease (e.g. colon cancer, high cholesterol, breast cancer etc.) these tests may need to be done more frequently than indicated.
Yearly Physicals / Explanation
A yearly physical is a comprehensive screening exam that evaluates a patients health. We perform physicals in two parts:
- The first part (CP1) includes screening blood/urine tests and a discussion with your doctor of any medical condition and symptoms you may be having. Any complaints evaluated, updates on established medical diagnoses and non-screening blood work will be billed as a regular office visit. Often there is an out-of-pocket charge for this visit to be subject to your insurance, deductible, etc., as it is not considered routine or screening.
- The second part (CP2) of the physical will include a comprehensive head-to-toe exam, review of your test results and review/update of health maintenance issues. Often this visit is covered 100% by insurance unless additional medical problems are uncovered during the exam or lab review. If you are treated for a medical condition during part 2 of your physical or a further evaluation of a problem is undertaken, non-routine fees will be submitted separately from the complete physical. Often there is an out-of-pocket charge for this aspect of the visit subject to insurance, deductible, etc., as it is no longer considered "routine" or "screening".
Blood Tests & urinalysis
Comprehensive blood tests and urine tests can indicate specific ailments, diseases, or pregnancy.
A rectal exam is the evaluation of an individuals lower organs and structures in the pelvis region.
EKG & Stress Test
An EKG test evaluates the health of your heart. A stress test is usually ordered during this time as well if medically necessary.
A hemoccult test checks for blood in your stool sample.
Health Maintenance issues
- Pap Smear
- Bone Density
- Chest X-ray
Immunizations & Vaccinations
The following immunizations and vaccinations are typically provided in your yearly wellness exams.
- Tetanus booster shot
- Flu vaccine
- HPV vaccine
- Pneumonia vaccine
- Meningitis vaccine
- Shingles vaccine
- Hepatitis A immunization
- Hepatitis B immunization
- Chicken Pox vaccine
Plan for Your Appointment
If you are behind on these tests and procedures, please make an appointment to see one of our providers. Your first step in optimal health is bringing your health care up-to-date.