Physical Health: A Basic Guide To

Routine Medical Care

What is routine medical care?

While routine and preventative medical care may be defined separately, for the sake of this learning resource, routine and preventative medical care and healthcare refer to medical-related practices that help you maintain or improve your health and/or prevent health issues.


According to, routine medical care is “the regular care you get from your PCP. Routine care is also care you get from other doctors that your PCP sends you to. Routine care can be check ups, physicals, health screenings, and care for health problems like diabetes, hypertension, and asthma.” (Your PCP is your Primary Care Physician.)


Why is routine medical care important?

Routine medical care is important for numerous reasons, which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Maintain health.
  • Improve health.
  • Prevent serious health issues.
    • Heart disease.
    • Cancer.
    • Diabetes.
    • Other chronic diseases.
  • Save money.
    • Preventing health issues can save money because if the issue doesn’t occur, it doesn’t have to be treated.


How is routine/preventative medical care practiced?

There are many routine/preventative medical actions that can be taken to maintain and improve your health as well as help prevent health issues. These include, but are not limited to, the following routine medical care actions provided on

  • Allergy Shots.
  • Blood Pressure Test.
  • Comprehensive Physical Examination.
  • Dental Care.
  • Developmental Assessment.
    1. Gross motor development, including strength, balance, and locomotion.
    2. Fine motor development, including hand-eye coordination.
    3. Language development, including expression, comprehensive, and articulation.
    4. Self-help and self-care skills.
    5. Social interaction and emotional development.
    6. Cognitive skills, including problem-solving and reasoning.
    7. Diseases dangerous to the public health, treatment of.
    8. Drug dependency treatment.
    9. Family planning services.
    10. Fractures, treatment of.
    11. Hearing Test.
    12. Immunization. 
    13. Laboratory tests and special medical studies, as deemed necessary by physician.
    14. Lead Poisoning Test. 
    15. Nutritional Status Assessment.
    16. Pelvic Examination.
    17. Pregnancy Treatment.
    18. Preventative health services.
    19. Psychiatric assessment, evaluation, or treatment on out-patient basis, or up to 90 days on in-patient basis.
    20. Treatment – commonly prescribed for a specific physical illness, which treatment does not pose risks of permanent serious side effects or risk of death.
    21. Tubercular skin test or chest x-ray.
    22. Veneral Disease Treatment.
    23. Vision Text.


For further information on routine medical care, please consult a health professional.


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