Meta Medical Center
Ronnie C. Parker, D.O.
Family Medicine & Substance Abuse Treatment located in Pikeville, KY
A wellness exam is a preventive exam. It focuses on your current health and risk of developing future health problems. At Meta Medical Center in Pikeville, Kentucky, Dr. Ronnie Parker, DO, is a board-certified family medicine physician who provides preventive care using wellness exams. A native of Pikesville, Dr. Parker is devoted to improving the health and well-being of his community. To schedule your wellness exam, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Wellness Exam Q & A
What is a wellness exam?
A wellness exam focuses on your overall health and well-being. It’s one of the most important exams you have with your health care provider. At Meta Medical Center, Dr. Parker’s wellness exam is a preventive exam.
When you’re healthy, you may not think there’s any need to visit your medical provider. But these wellness exams ensure you stay healthy.
Unlike a sick visit, the wellness exam focuses on your whole-body health, as well as the lifestyle habits that may influence your current and future health.
Who needs a wellness exam?
Everyone needs a wellness exam. Ideally, you should visit Dr. Parker once a year for your wellness exam, no matter your health needs or your age.
Even if you see Dr. Parker a few times a year for help managing your high blood pressure or diabetes, you still need to schedule a wellness exam.
What happens during a wellness exam?
The specifics of your wellness exam depend on your age and other factors. Dr. Parker first spends time talking to you, asking about your current health, diet, exercise habits, and daily routine. He reviews your medical and family history and performs a physical exam.
Dr. Parker also conducts a number of health screenings to assess your current health and risk of future health problems. Your health screenings may include:
- Blood pressure check for high blood pressure
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Blood glucose test for diabetes
- Lipid panel for high cholesterol
Depending on your age, he may also suggest a colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer.
After your exam, Dr. Parker talks to you about his findings and provides recommendations to maintain or improve your health and prevent health problems.
For example, he may recommend updating your vaccines to protect against common contagious diseases. Meta Medical Center offers the COVID-19 vaccine.
He may also talk to you about your lifestyle and make suggestions to help reduce your risk of diabetes or high blood pressure. If your health screenings indicate you have a new health problem, Dr. Parker provides the appropriate treatment.
When it comes to your health, Dr. Parker is on your side. To schedule your wellness exam with an experienced family medicine physician, call Meta Medical Center or book an appointment online today.