Physical Exams – North Hills & Raleigh Office Only

The key to preventing illness is to detect it early, but this knowledge is easy to neglect when we’re feeling well. The problem is, many conditions don’t begin to show any symptoms until they’ve progressed to a dangerous point. That is why it’s essential to visit a health care facility at least once a year for a physical examination.

While a visit to a doctor for a physical is different for each patient based on their personal situation and needs, there are several common elements that make their way into each exam. Here are just a few:

Medical History

During the first part of your visit will likely begin with the simplest step: your doctor will ask you how you’ve been feeling. During this time your physicial may also discuss your dietary and exercise routines as well as any negative habits you may have such as smoking. Your doctor will also review your immunization records to ensure that you are current on all of your vaccinations.

Physical Examination

Following an initial consultation, your doctor will likely  begin the physical examination portion of your visit. The purpose of each test is to determine early signs of a problem and to address them before they escalate. Some of the tests performed during the physical exam include:

  • Blood pressure Test
  • Heart Rate Test
  • Respiration Rate
  • Cholesterol Test
  • Diabetes Test
  • Heart Exam
  • Lung Exam
  • Head and Neck Exam
  • Abdominal Exam
  • Neurological Exam
  • Colon Cancer Screening

Gender Specific Exams

Some tests are specific to male and female patients. These include examinations of the reproductive organs to seek out any sexually transmitted diseases or potential signs of cancer.

Areas of examination for male patients:

  • Testicles: Your doctor will look for lumps, signs of tenderness, or a change in size
  • Penis lesions such as warts or ulcers
  • Prostate
  • Hernia test performed to identify a weakening in the abdominal wall

Areas of examination for female patients:

  • Breasts
  • Reproductive organs such as the vulva, vagina, and cervix
  • Bone density test performed to seek out signs of osteoporosis