Dr. Mark A. Ramirez provides physical exams as part of preventive care at his family medicine practice in Hemet, California. He also offers more specialized exams like sports or school physicals.
The physical exam is the hands-on part of a doctor's visit. The purpose of the exam is to gather information about the patient and identify or assess symptoms and potential health problems. A standard physical includes an examination of the skin, eyes, ears, nose, throat, glands and abdomen. The doctor collects information with a variety of instruments such as an otoscope, ophthalmoscope, stethoscope, and his or her senses. The doctor also checks reflexes and may assess the patient's balance, cognitive status, and muscle strength.
A patient's age is the primary determining factor in the frequency of physical exams, although chronic health conditions also play a part. Someone with a condition like diabetes or heart disease may need to be seen more frequently. Newborns are usually seen at two and six to eight weeks after birth. Exams at three-month intervals are the norm until age two when the frequency recommendation changes to once a year. Healthy adults should be seen at least every two years.
Some aspects of a physical exam remain the same, such as the check of eyes, ears, nose, throat and skin condition. Others differ -- children need height measurements at each visit, while adults only need them once a year. Elderly adults may need a cognitive evaluation if dementia is suspected. Women need periodic pelvic exams and older men should have a rectal examination of the prostate.
Certain physical exams have a specific focus, although the components may be similar. A sports physical has only one goal: to determine whether it is safe for a child to play a particular sport. School physicals are more detailed and address other issues such as immunization status. The purpose of a drivers' physical is to determine if it is safe for the patient to drive. Work fitness is determined by an occupational health physical. With the exception of school physicals, none of these are as comprehensive as the annual checkup recommended for children, adolescents, and adults.
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