Physical Examination Q & A
Advanced Aesthetics & Internists located in Holmdel, NJ
If you haven’t visited your doctor lately and those aches and pains have been growing, it might be time to get a physical exam from the offices of Magdy Nasra MD PC. Whether you need an annual checkup or you’re starting a new job, the experts at Dr. Nasra’s practice can make sure you’re ready, healthy, and able. Call 732-888-8255 the Holmdel, New Jersey, office to schedule your consultation or book an appointment online.
Why do I need a physical examination?
You receive a physical examination as part of your overall health checkup. This is sometimes known as a “wellness check.”
This exam gives your provider an opportunity to evaluate your overall health; it’s also a good time for you to ask any medical questions you might have. New jobs or sports activities also often require physical examinations before you’re allowed to participate.
What can I expect during a physical examination?
During your physical examination, your doctor asks you a series of questions about your lifestyle and habits, such as whether you smoke or drink, whether you suffer from any pre-existing or chronic conditions, your family medical history, and if you have any recent health concerns.
Following this discussion, your provider begins the physical inspection. This includes:
- Inspecting your body for blemishes or growths
- Listening to various parts of your body with a stethoscope, such as your heart and lungs
- “Drumming” your body to identify fluid buildup or other internal anomalies
- Recording your height, weight, and heart rate
How should I prepare for a physical examination?
You can make the most of your physical exam by preparing a list of questions you want to ask and by gathering documentation on information your provider will want to know. This includes a list of medications you’re taking, your medical and surgical history, and contact information for any other providers you may have seen.
You should dress casually for your physical exam, as you remove your clothing during the physical.
How often should I get a physical examination?
How often you get a physical examination depends on your lifestyle, your health, and any existing medical conditions you have. Your doctor typically recommends a physical exam:
- Every 2-3 years if you’re under 30 years old and relatively healthy
- Every other year if you’re between 30-40 years old
- Annually if you’re 50 years old or older
You may also require a physical if you’re starting a sport or new job that has specific physical requirements.
If you need to get back on top of monitoring your health, let the experts at Magdy Nasra MD PC in Holmdel, New Jersey, provide you with a physical examination. Call to schedule a consultation or book your appointment online.