Physical Exams

A routine physical examination is the cornerstone of maintaining your health. It allows both you and your primary care doctor to build a strong foundation for your well-being. During this checkup, we assess vital indicators like weight, heart rate, and blood pressure, tailoring screenings to your age, gender, and overall health. Our team at Better Health Primary Care provides a valuable resource for optimizing physical health and creating opportunities for healthier living.

Why Are Physical Exams So Important?

Did you know that around one-third of Americans only seek medical care when they’re unwell? It’s crucial to stay connected with your healthcare provider, even when you’re feeling healthy. Regular physical examinations are essential for safeguarding your well-being and can act as a preventive measure. They enable early detection of serious illnesses like cancer or diabetes, offering the opportunity for intervention before they become problematic.

An annual checkup comes with several benefits:

  • Assessing your risk for future health issues
  • Establishing a baseline for your health status
  • Promoting a healthy lifestyle
  • Gaining professional guidance and partnership in health
  • Staying up-to-date on vaccinations
  • Improving medication management

Physical exams also create a platform to discuss any health concerns you may have. Are you considering adding supplements to your diet or exploring alternative medicine treatments for a chronic condition? Your physical exam is the perfect time to address these topics and receive expert advice from your healthcare provider.

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A female patient having a physical examination in the doctors office

What Happens During A Physical Exam?

A comprehensive physical examination is a head-to-toe assessment that typically takes around 30 minutes to complete. It includes the evaluation of vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, and heart rate, along with a thorough assessment of the body through observation, touch, percussion, and listening techniques.

1. Observation: We use instruments to examine your eyes, ears, nose, and throat. Your skin is assessed for color, lesions, and hygiene. Other areas of the body may be examined based on symptoms or medical history.

2. Palpation: This involves using touch to feel for any unusual lumps, check organ size and shape, and evaluate responses.

3. Percussion: We tap your abdomen while listening for sounds to assess organ location, identify blockages, and detect any problem areas.

4. Reflexes: Your reflexes are evaluated using a small rubber hammer.

Specialized Physicals

For a comprehensive examination, it’s essential to provide accurate and complete information. Having your medical records and medication details readily available can save time and ensure a more precise assessment.

  • Students in grades 7-12 engaged in school athletics can receive sports physicals. These are often required every two years, ideally performed in the summer before the athletic season begins.

  • Specialized physical exams are often mandatory in the employment process, with employers focusing on specific areas. These exams may include drug testing.

  • If your employer or organization requires specific paperwork, our practitioners can conduct the necessary specialized physical exam and complete the required documentation.

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