An annual physical is a great way to keep on top of your health and make sure you’re in tip-top shape, but you may need a physical exam at other times, too. The expert medical staff at Lagniappe Medical Clinic, with offices in Columbia and West Columbia, South Carolina, has considerable experience with carrying out physicals for all purposes, so if you need a physical exam, call the clinic today to schedule an appointment, or use the online tool.
Physical exams are routine checkups where your doctor reviews every part of your body to look for any signs of disease or poor health. Many people have an annual physical exam to reassure themselves that everything looks healthy, or as part of an ongoing care program for chronic health conditions.
You may also need a physical exam if you’re on a sports team or wish to take up a new sporting activity, or you’re starting a new job. Your children may also need a physical if they’re going to camp.
There’s no definitive checklist for a physical exam, but the doctors at Lagniappe Medical Clinic take a thorough approach to assessing your health and well-being when they carry out your physical. A typical exam will start with checking routine vital signs, such as:
Your doctor can also tell a great deal about your health by your appearance, alertness, how well you move, and your reactions.
After checking your vital signs, your doctor moves on to examine different areas of your body in more detail. They start by listening to your heart to make sure there’s no sign of any irregularities or heart disease, then listen to your lungs for sounds that could indicate a problem.
Your doctor then checks your head and neck, looking at the health of your:
The health of your teeth and gums can give your doctor valuable insight into your general state of health as well.
Your doctor then tests your liver by tapping your abdomen, listens to your bowels using a stethoscope, and checks for any tenderness. They may also check for neurological problems by testing your muscle strength, nerve responses, and balance.
The appearance of your skin and nails is another good indication of your overall health, and while checking your skin, your doctor can look for abnormal lesions and check your joints. They may also order blood or urine tests, a blood sugar analysis, and a cholesterol test.
In addition to the standard tests, men undergo an examination of the testicles, penis, and prostate, and a hernia exam. Women have breast and pelvic exams, a Pap smear, and an HPV test to screen for cervical cancer.
Talking to you about your concerns and worries, and offering advice and support are also an essential part of the physical exam.
When you need a thorough, high-quality physical exam, call Lagniappe Medical Clinic, or book an appointment online.