The National Institutes of Health reported that regular medical evaluations or physical examinations especially upon reaching the age of 40 can greatly improve overall health. The value of a comprehensive medical evaluation allows for the establishment of the individual’s overall state of health as well as identify early signs of potential problems and risk factors for more serious health concerns. At the very least, the individual will be a lot better prepared.
When applied in the substance addiction facility, comprehensive medical evaluation provides the backbone upon which successful addiction treatment modalities can be based upon. As recovering from any type of addiction requires the development of a highly-individualized plan of care, a comprehensive medical evaluation can provide the necessary information that will form the basis of the formulation of treatment goals.
Once admitted to the Sprout Health Group, individuals will be met by a highly qualified medical professional who will perform the comprehensive examination that comprises the individual’s health history and physical examination. If necessary, the physician will also order several laboratory and diagnostic tests in order to aid in the assessment and analysis of the individual’s overall health status.
The health history is most often performed using a self-assessment checklist where the individual will be answering several questions with predetermined answers. The physician will then conduct an interview about the answers provided by the individual in the self-assessment checklist in order to establish a greater understanding of the nature of the answers and to seek clarification for items that were missed or were intentionally left behind by the individual. Majority of these questions focus on the reason for the individual’s admission and its history. There are also questions about the individual’s family health history as well as the individual’s own medical history which includes all known diseases or health conditions he is diagnosed with, have been hospitalized for, or has sought medications or treatments for. A review of his medications both past and present will also have to be assessed. His functional health patterns will also be evaluated including his rest and sleep, nutrition and elimination, activity and mobility, and sensation and perception, just to name a few.
The physician will perform a head-to-toe comprehensive physical examination to note for any abnormalities in the gross structure and function of the body. Cuts, wounds, abrasions, and even skin conditions will be duly noted. Vital signs will be measured and used as a baseline for future assessments especially in the monitoring of therapeutic effectiveness of treatment modalities. Any significant finding on either or both health history and physical examination can be confirmed by routine diagnostic imaging and blood tests.
The goal of the medical evaluation in addiction treatment is to determine whether the individual has other health problems that may be the cause of his primary diagnosis. As such, our expert physicians will be looking for medical conditions that are strikingly similar to mental disorders, those that accompany mental disorders, and those that are secondary to mental disorders or their treatment.