What is a physical exam?
A physical examination is a comprehensive checkup designed to screen for illness and health concerns. The two most common reasons for getting a physical exam include a pre-employment exam prior to starting a new job and a sports physical for children joining a sport. During the exam, your doctor screens for underlying health issues that may need treatment, such as high blood pressure, cholesterol, or diabetes; or provide a clean bill of health to start the job or sport.
What happens during a physical?
The exam you receive varies depending on the purpose of your physical examination. Most will include a check of your:
The following are also included in most comprehensive physicals:
Your doctor will review your current or past medical concerns, vaccinations, and family medical history.
Regardless of the purpose, all physical exams include a check of your vital signs. Your blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, and temperature are monitored and recorded.
During the course of the physical, your doctor will also monitor your appearance for warning signs of health concerns. They may look at your skin, eyes, check your mental quickness, and movement.
Is blood drawn during a physical exam?
If the doctor suspects a medical problem during the exam, he or she may also draw blood for laboratory testing. A complete blood count or complete metabolic panel may be performed to confirm or rule out health conditions such as high cholesterol, diabetes, or problems with the immune system, kidneys, or liver.
What is a work physical?
Many companies require new employees to get a pre-employment physical exam. The purpose of a work physical is to determine whether an individual is healthy enough to perform the requirements of the job. Work physicals often include drug testing.
What is a sports physical?
Most school districts require students to get a sports physical before enrolling in a sport or extracurricular activity. The purpose of a sports physical is to ensure your child is healthy enough to safely participate in the rigorous exertion of a sport.
AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta’s friendly and caring staff offers same-day appointments for physical exams, or you can use the online booking tool or call the office to schedule an appointment.