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Physical Exam Specialist

Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists -  - Family Medicine

Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists

Family Medicine & Aesthetic Services located in Elkton, MD

A regular physical exam is one of the essential aspects of preventive care, which helps prevent disease and decrease your risk for common health conditions. Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists of Elkton, Maryland, offers a variety of physical exams for men, women, and children of all ages. If you need a physical for sports, work, insurance, or just to maintain your health, call the office or schedule an appointment online.

Physical Exam Q & A

What is a physical exam?

A physical examination is a complete assessment performed regularly by your family medicine provider. Physical exams begin at birth and extend throughout your lifetime to establish a clear picture of your health and make any necessary changes to your health care plan.

Your provider uses your physical exam as an opportunity to:

  • Update your health record
  • Monitor your chronic health problems
  • Identify your increased health risks 
  • Assess you for any signs of acute illness 
  • Update immunizations 
  • Evaluate your current medication list 
  • Assess the effectiveness of your current treatment plan
  • Build trust in the patient/provider relationship

If your employer, school, sports association, or insurance requires a physical examination, your provider takes time to complete any needed paperwork at the time of your appointment. 

What happens during a physical exam? 

When you come in for an annual, school, work, or other physical, the Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists team gathers valuable information about your health, including:

  • Weight and height
  • Blood pressure and heart rate
  • Status of every body system
  • Symptoms of disease or illness

They also collect blood and urine for analysis, if necessary. Your provider also allows you an opportunity to ask questions regarding your health or any concerning symptoms you may have. 

Depending on your symptoms, potential health risks, or chronic health conditions, your provider may order follow-up testing, such as bloodwork, cancer screenings, or an electrocardiogram.

How does my provider assess each body system?  

Your provider at Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists assesses each body system by:

  • Listening to your heart, lungs, and digestive sounds
  • Feeling your abdomen
  • Observing for skin problems or wounds
  • Looking inside your nose, mouth, and ears
  • Monitoring blood flow
  • Checking for vascular disease or circulation problems
  • Evaluating coordination and muscle movement
  • Testing your reflexes
  • Testing your vision and hearing

Annual physicals are tailored for your age, gender, and health history. After the exam part of your physical is completed, your provider shares any concerns, makes changes to your plan of care, or makes other health-related recommendations. 

To schedule your annual, school, sports, or work physical, call the practice or schedule an appointment online with Fair Hill Family Medicine Specialists today.