Physical Exam Q&A Q&A
What is a physical exam?
A physical exam can be used to either evaluate a certain medical complication or concern or it can be used as part of a general preventive care checkup.
Physical exams are typically recommended annually. Your physical exam includes reviewing your medical and family history, an in-depth discussion with the team at Family Medicine NYC, PC, a physical assessment, and time to answer any of your questions.
Depending on your age, medical and family history, and current state of health, your doctor at Family Medicine NYC, PC might recommend additional blood work and testing.
Why would I need a physical exam?
Your practitioner might recommend a physical exam to:
- Check for possible diseases
- Update any necessary immunizations
- Ensure that you’re maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and balanced nutrition
- Identify issues that might develop into medical complications
A physical exam might also be performed before a surgery or before treatment for a medical condition.
How can I prepare for a physical exam?
It’s best to prepare for your physical exam to make the most out of your time with your doctor. You should gather information or paperwork to show:
- Your list of current medications
- A list of any pain or symptoms you’re experiencing
- Any relevant recent test results
- Your surgical and medical history
- Contact information and names of other doctors you’ve recently visited
You might want to dress in clothing that’s comfortable and avoid excess makeup or jewelry that may interfere with the exam.
What does a physical exam involve?
Your physical exam always involves an in-depth discussion. Your doctor at Family Medicine NYC, PC also checks your pulse, height, weight, and inspects your body for any unusual growths or marks. Your doctor might examine your abdomen and other areas of your body and examine the location, size, consistency, tenderness, and texture of your individual organs.
Your doctor uses a stethoscope to listen to certain body parts, such as your intestines or lungs, as well as your heart’s rhythm to evaluate your heart function.
Your Family Medicine NYC, PC doctor might send you for convenient in-office blood work to assess your cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and other key factors that can help paint a clear picture of your overall health. Your practitioner might also use a technique called percussion that involves gently tapping your body like a drum to assess organs and discover any fluids.
Call Family Medicine NYC, PC in New York City to schedule your physical exam or use the online scheduling tool.