What is a physical exam?
A physical exam, or physical, is an assessment tool used by your family care provider to determine the best approach to your health care. The purpose of physical exams is to:
An annual physical exam is part of a lifetime of health and wellness for every member of the family, starting at birth. Physicals are often a requirement for inclusion in sports, certain jobs, or qualifying for some kinds of insurance.
What are some different types of physical exams?
Bethesda Immediate Care offers a variety of physical exams that are specific to age, gender, or purpose.
Some physical exams include:
Some types of physicals required by employers, insurance, or the government have specific requirements that include bloodwork or other tests. Examples of this would be the physical required to qualify for a commercial driver’s license (CDL) or immigration status.
What does a physical exam entail?
A standard physical exam typically involves:
Depending on your age, existing health conditions, or elevated health risks, your provider may order other tests, including cancer screenings, specialized bloodwork, or EKG.
How does my provider assess each body system?
During a physical exam, your provider assesses each body system by:
The providers at Bethesda Immediate Care adjust each physical exam to meet the specific needs of newborns, infants, children, adolescents, women, and men. After your physical, your provider shares any areas of concern, changes in the plan of care, recommended further testing, or suggested lifestyle changes.
If you need a physical exam for any reason, call or schedule an appointment online with Bethesda Immediate Care today.