What are physicals?
Routine physicals are an essential part of primary care for adults, children, and teenagers. The team at Jivana Care understands that with a busy schedule, it’s easy to let your annual physical exam slide. This is especially true if you’re not experiencing any discomfort.
However, keeping up with your yearly checkups is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. You only get one body, so it’s important to take care of it.
What are the different types of physicals?
The team at Jivana Care makes providing patients with thorough physicals their top priority. They perform a variety of physicals, including:
- Sports physicals
- Annual physicals
- School physicals
- Camp physicals
- DOT physical exams
- Immigration exams
Whether your child needs a physical exam to participate in sports or you’re due for your yearly checkup, the team at Jivana Care can help.
Why are physicals important?
Physicals are important for many reasons. They play a crucial role in preventive care by catching signs of diseases early, when they’re most treatable, and ensuring you’re making healthy lifestyle choices like exercising and eating well.
Keeping up with routine physicals also provides an opportunity to develop a strong doctor-patient relationship with the team at Jivana Care. They know your medical history and can keep track of your health as it changes over the years.
Sometimes, physicals are a requirement for starting a new job, playing sports, or applying for United States citizenship. For example, you may need a DOT physical to prove you’re healthy enough to operate a commercial vehicle for a job.
What should I expect at a physical?
What happens at your physical depends on your age, overall health, risk factors for disease, and the purpose of the exam.
In general, most physicals include:
- A medical history review
- Height and weight measurements
- Vital signs checks, including blood pressure, heart rate, and respiration rate
- Head and neck exam, including your nose, throat, eyes, ears, and lymph nodes
- Examination of your general appearance
- Examination of your cognitive abilities
- Heart and lung exam
The team at Jivana Care may also review your immunization record and administer any vaccinations you need.
If you or your adolescent needs any type of physical, call Jivana Care, or book an appointment online today.