Physical Exam Specialist

National Healthcare Center -  - Urgent Care

National Healthcare Center

Urgent Care located in Stockbridge, GA & Atlanta, GA

Preventive care can catch illnesses and conditions early on, and one of the very best ways to do this is to get a routine physical exam. The skilled team at National Healthcare Center in Stockbridge and Atlanta, Georgia, performs general check-ups and physical exams to keep you in the best of health. Call the office to schedule your physical exam or book online today.

Physical Exam Q & A

What is a physical exam?

Physical exams are basic medical examinations that are typically performed once per year, or whenever an organization like work or school requires it for you. A visit to your doctor is like a tune-up, a check for signs of common health conditions. These routine exams play a good part in preventive care.

When you have a physical exam, your provider begins by reviewing your medical and family history and finding out about your current health. They then perform routine checks on your body’s vital functions, including:

  • Temperature
  • Heart rate 
  • Respiration rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Blood oxygen levels

They also listen to your heart and lungs to check for any abnormal sounds. The team at National Healthcare Center looks for signs of illnesses and health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, skin cancer, dementia, obesity, and heart arrhythmia. 

What does a physical exam check for?

A physical exam includes observations, measurements, tests, and questions about chronic issues or pain development. The way your provider conducts your physical exam might vary in some respects depending on the reason for your exam, but generally includes checks of your eyes, ears, mouth, and joints.

Most physicians examine:

  • Skin appearance
  • Mental state
  • Vaccination status 
  • Risky lifestyle habits (like drug or alcohol use, sexual activity, and smoking)
  • Diet and exercise habits
  • Motor skills, reflexes, and balance
  • Oral health
  • Other infection zones (lymph nodes, thyroid, abdomen, eyes, ear canals, nostrils)

Women might require an internal pelvic exam and breast exam, while men might need a prostate exam and genital check.

Certain lab tests may be recommended in order to detect a weakened immune system, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, bad cholesterol levels, and other possible conditions like colon cancer (if you’re over 50 years of age).

What are the benefits of having a physical exam?

Physical exams offer many benefits, such as:

  • Early disease detection
  • Learning and preventing lifestyle-related conditions
  • Clearance to work (when passed), as required by some employers
  • Assessing potential risk factors
  • Diet, exercise, and treatment advice

Whether recommended or required, physical exams are an important part of your overall health care plan.

If you’re in need of a physical for school or work, or are due for an annual exam, call National Healthcare Center or book an appointment online today. Walk-ins are also welcome.