Having an annual physical exam provides an ongoing record of health and wellness that can be used to spot subtle changes that may be an indication of an underlying disease. Plus, yearly exams ensure patients receive the care and medical guidance they need based on their age, lifestyle and other factors, including recommended health screenings, lab work, immunizations and lifestyle guidance. And of course, seeing the doctor each year provides patients with the chance to discuss their health-related concerns.
General physical exams begin with a complete personal and family health history to look for disease risk factors and other issues that can help guide care. Next, weight and blood pressure are measured and recorded, and the heart and lungs will be evaluated using a stethoscope. Exams of the ears and throat will also be performed, and the belly will be gently palpated to look for areas of tenderness or swelling. Depending on each patient's risk factors and gender, other assessments may also be used during the exam. Lab work may be ordered before or during the exam. Finally, recommendations will be made based on the exam findings and patients will have a chance to discuss their concerns and ask questions.
Sports physicals are exams aimed at ensuring athletes are healthy enough to participate in specific physical activities, including school sports.
DOT physicals include many of the same evaluations as a general physical exam, with an emphasis on additional evaluations aimed at ensuring patients are healthy enough to perform specific job-related tasks related to transportation – specifically, for holders of commercial driver's licenses. DOT physicals evaluate physical health as well as mental or emotional issues that can have an impact on a driver's ability to safely operate a commercial vehicle. Most DOT exams are valid for two years, but when a chronic issue like high blood pressure is detected, they may need to be performed more frequently.
We accept most commercial insurance. We do not accept Medicaid. Please contact our office with any questions.
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