Getting a Physical Exam
An adult physical exam is conducted annually at a physician’s office. The purpose of the exam is to ensure wellness and good health and is a preventive step to catch and address potential problems that can lead to a more serious condition
What does a Physical Exam Address?
Physicians use the physical exam as a tool to assess how the body is performing. An average physical exam may include the following:
Health History: This include past medical history, family history and social history, updated new developments and medications or supplements a patient is currently taking.
Vital signs: This includes blood pressure reading, heart rate & respiration. A patient height and weigh will also be taken in order to calculate BMI (Body Mass Index).
Visual exam: The physician will review a patient’s general appearance for signs of any potential conditions.
Physical exam: A detailed physical exam includes an organ system review Abdominal, Breast, Cardiovascular, Genitalia, Head, Lungs, Muscoloskeletal, Neck, Skin. Other exams may may done depending on whether the patient is male or female.
Laboratory Tests: As part of the physical the physician may draw blood to run laboratory tests.These can include a complete blood count, glucose, cholesterol, liver function, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and other chemistries. Other tests may differ for males and females.
Counseling & Education: A physical exam is not complete unless a physician counsels and educates the patient on healthy behaviors such as exercise, keeping a healthy diet, weight and not smoking.
Favorite Health Quotes:
“Our health is something we often take for granted. But, there are some things in life that should never be taken for granted. Take care of yourself.”
“Health is a relationship between you and your body.”
“The greatest wealth is health.”