Board Certified Internal Medicine & Primary Care located in La Mesa, El-Cajon and San Diego, CA


Identifying health problems early means treatment is easy, quicker, and more effective. Elahe Toulouie MD Inc. offers annual physicals at offices in La Mesa, El Cajon, and San Diego, California that detect warning signs of ill health before you develop symptoms. Dr. Toulouie and her highly skilled internists also offer Medicare annual wellness visits to qualifying patients. Call your nearest office today to learn more about benefiting from physicals, or use the online form to request a consultation.

Physicals Q & A

What are physicals?

Physicals are routine medical exams that might happen annually (annual physical) or when needed, for example, before starting a new job or traveling abroad. They involve meeting with your Elahe Toulouie MD Inc. provider to discuss your health and medical history and a physical exam.

The exam begins with a vital health indicator check, which includes your:

  • Temperature
  • Heart rate 
  • Respiration (breathing) rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood oxygen levels
  • Heart and lung sounds

Your provider checks your liver and other organs by palpating (gently pressing on) your abdomen. They also examine your joints, eyes, ears, nose, throat, and feet, and abnormalities like new lumps or skin lesions. They may include other procedures personalized to your needs.

What tests do I get at my annual physical exam?

Annual physical exams generally include blood tests. Your Elahe Toulouie MD Inc. provider draws some blood that goes to the lab for tests, including screenings for high cholesterol and blood sugar and a complete blood count (CBC). 

Blood tests can detect various problems, from infections and anemia (lack of iron) to diabetes and high cholesterol.

Certain cancer screenings might be necessary during an annual physical exam, such as Pap smears to check for signs of cervical cancer in women or a prostate exam for men. 

Other tests depend on what your doctor finds during the physical exam. For example, they might order X-rays if you have joint pain.

What are annual wellness visits?

Annual wellness visits are yearly meetings with your primary care provider. Medicare Part B medical insurance holders receive free funding from Medicare for annual wellness visits.This service is available to people over 65 and those younger with specific health problems.

Unlike an annual physical, the annual wellness visit doesn’t include a physical exam and tests. It focuses on reviewing your current health and finding ways to improve it through lifestyle changes. For example, your provider might recommend losing weight to reduce your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Many conditions that are common causes of premature death develop because of (or are made worse by) poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, excess body weight, and unmanaged stress. Both annual physicals and wellness visits help you avoid preventable ill health.

Call Elahe Toulouie MD Inc. today to schedule an annual physical or wellness visit. You can also request an appointment via the online booking form.