Routine physical exams track and monitor your health throughout life to prevent disease and health complications. At Today’s Wellness and Primary Care in Wilmington, Reading, North Andover, and Stoneham, Massachusetts, Mohammed Jaleel, MD, and Chloe Fish, NP, perform comprehensive annual, school, and work physicals for patients of all ages. Call Today’s Wellness and Primary Care or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
A physical exam is a head-to-toe assessment that serves as a benchmark for your health. The exam evaluates your physical and mental health to identify early signs or risk factors of disease. Each year, the team at Today’s Wellness and Primary Care refers back to your previous exam findings to detect changes in your health.
A physical exam typically consists of two portions:Medical history review
When reviewing your medical history, the team asks detailed questions regarding your health, including:
Collecting this information helps the team gather the full picture of your overall health.
The physical exam starts with recording your vitals, height, and weight. Next, the team performs a visual assessment. They look inside your ears, nose, and throat before listening to your heart and lungs. The team also palpates your abdomen to ensure your organs are the right size and in the correct location. Finally, they test your reflexes and muscle strength.
The team at Today’s Wellness and Primary Care recommends visiting at least once a year for an annual physical exam. These regular visits allow for early identification of health concerns, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.
Most medical concerns are treatable in their early stages. Some are even reversible. By visiting the practice for a physical exam once a year, the team can treat your condition before it causes lasting complications.
Today’s Wellness and Primary Care also offers school and work physicals. In Massachusetts, school-aged children must undergo a comprehensive physical exam at least once every three years. Your child’s school may require documentation as proof of the assessment. Some workplaces also require routine physical exams, particularly for roles involving manual labor.
To learn more about physical exams, call Today’s Wellness and Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today.