What are physicals?
Physicals are medical examinations of the body, conducted by medical professionals. During this check-up, your doctor will investigate the body in order to identify signs of disease. Your medical history will be taken into account and you should disclose any symptoms that you are feeling. With this information, your doctor can determine your overall health & wellness. This new data will become a part of your medical record. There are several different kinds of physicals, and they may cover different areas of your body.
What kind of physicals does Jamison Family Medicine provide?
At Jamison Family Medicine in Spokane, Washington, we provide complete physical examinations, routine well child examinations and physicals for athletes (including pre-participation sports) and scouts.
Complete physicals are performed for medical screening purposes and to check up on the overall health of a patient. They are performed by family doctors and physician assistants. During your appointment, your vitals (body temperature, pulse, respiration rate) and blood pressure will be checked and recorded. You will also be given a HEENT exam (head, ears, eyes, nose and throat). A complete physical examination can include any of the following: lab tests, chest X-rays, pulmonary function testing, audiograms, EKGs, heart stress tests, vascular age tests, urinalysis, and mammograms or prostate exams. It is an in-depth review of your health to screen for underlying diseases and abnormalities that could lead to serious health problems. Your healthcare provider will discuss and order any appropriate testing.
Routine well child examination
Routine well child examinations are performed at:
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
During a well child visit, your healthcare provider will check your child’s growth and development in order to find or prevent problems. They will record your child’s height, weight, and other pertinent information. They will also talk about other wellness topics such as family relationship issues, school, and behaviors. The will ensure that vaccinations are all current and administer those needed.
A sports physical is done to determine if your body is health enough for organized sports. This exam focuses on your ability to perform a certain type of activity, instead of focusing on your overall health. It is not as comprehensive as other physicals and it should not be used to replace your yearly physical. Your appointment will start off very similar to a general physical, but your healthcare provider will also record your height and weight. A basic vision exam may also be ordered. Once this information has been collected (all of your health information, including the results of any lab work,) the paperwork can be completed and you may be medically cleared to participate. Many sports organizations require that this be completed in the pre-participation phase, before the league or games have started. To schedule a sports physical at Jamison Family Medicine in Spokane, click here.
Scouts and annual camp organizations may also require a physical before you can participate. If your children are signing up for scouts or a summer camp, schedule their appointment at Jamison Family Medicine as soon as possible.