Physical exam frequency

All adults should visit their health care provider from time to time, even if they are healthy. The purpose of these visits is to:

  • Screen for diseases
  • Assess risk of future medical problems
  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle
  • Update vaccinations
  • Maintain a relationship with a doctor in case of an illness

For recommendations for men and women by age group, see:

  • Health screening - women - age 18 - 39
  • Health screening - women - age 40 - 64
  • Health screening - women - over 65
  • Health screening - men - age 18 - 39
  • Health screening - men - age 40 - 64
  • Health screening - men - over 65

Alternative Names

How often you need a physical exam; Health maintenance visit; Health screening; Checkup