An annual physical is a yearly check-up with your doctor and typically includes a measurement of your vital signs; blood pressure, pulse, respirations, temperature, respiratory rate and pulse ox (pulse oximetry), a painless way to check the amount of oxygen in your blood. Your doctor will do a full physical examination of your head — eyes, ears, nose, throat, and neck — followed by an examination of your chest, lungs, heart, and abdomen. Men will get prostate and testicular exams and women will get breast and pelvic exams. Your doctor will check your skin for growths relating to skin cancer and also check your reflexes.
Many physicals will include an EKG (electrocardiogram) to check the electrical activity of your heart and labs — bloodwork — for blood count, cholesterol levels and a blood chemistry panel. A urinalysis is commonly ordered to assess your kidney functions. Adults that smoke may also get a chest X-ray.
The doctors at First Physicians feel it’s important to monitor your child’s health on a regular basis to catch any medical problems that may be developing sooner, rather than later.
Physicals for infants, children and teenagers will involve:
Generally, a CBC (complete blood count), chemistry panel and UA (urinalysis) are performed. Your doctor will discuss your results with you. Other tests may be performed depending on your age, gender, family history and your personal medical history.
What will my First Physicians doctor do with all this information?
Your First Physicians doctor will make an assessment of the results of his tests and assessments and discuss any areas of concern with you and how you can improve them. Patients needing weight loss, chronic condition control, or help with breaking smoking or drug habits will be given information and referrals to help them make healthy changes for overall wellness.