We’re available to conduct physical examinations whether they’re for entry into a sports program or a new job. A comprehensive physical is one of the best preventive tools a doctor has. It goes beyond a quick wellness check, by involving a medical history and possibly lab tests to ensure you’re healthy and up to the tasks ahead.
What is involved in a physical exam?
There are no absolutes when it comes to physical exams, but Motion Medical Group believe in being as thorough as possible. Our approach might depend on whether you are a new patient or a long time patient getting your yearly physical.
Generally speaking, the exam will start with your medical history. The doctor will talk with you about past illnesses, how you’re feeling, and also about how things are going at work or school, and in your home life. We will also do a visual exam checking for any signs of problems that may need more attention.
At every appointment your vital signs are recorded. These include pulse, respiration, and blood pressure. Our team recommends even healthy people have their blood pressure checked at least every two years.
The physical part of the physical exam means a thorough assessment of your body that includes:
- Checking your heartbeat
- Listening to your breathing
- Examining and palpating the head, neck, and abdomen
- A look at the throat, tonsils and teeth
- Listening for bowel sounds
- Checking the skin for dermatological problems or disease
Are physicals different for men and women?
There are some differences between genders. For men, the exam may include things like checking each testicle for growths or tenderness and a prostate check. Women will usually see a gynecologist for things like a breast or pelvic exam. These checks are not always part of the basic physical that you might get when starting a new job or school year.
What are the lab tests done?
Our team will decide if any lab work is necessary. Standard lab tests for a physical exam might include:
- A complete blood count (CBC)
- A chemistry panel: Showing electrolyte balance and organ function
- Urinalysis: For diabetes and kidney function