We offer multiple physicals for a range of areas.
What is DOT Physical Exam?
This exam is known as a pre-participation physical examination (PPE). This helps to determine whether it’s safe for you to participate in a certain sport or not. Most states actually require that kids and teens have a sports physical before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season. But even if a sports physical isn’t required, doctors still highly recommend getting one.
What to Expect During a Sports Physical?
Health care ask for medical history, and they will ask about any history of illness, hospitalizations, or injuries that might prevent your teen from playing and asked them to fill out a health history form and teen questionnaire that investigates daily habits and lifestyle choices ( it asks about drug and alcohol use, among other topics).
These are some vital signs checked by your doctor:
Less than 120 over less than 80 is a normal blood pressure. Doctors define high blood pressure (hypertension) as 130 over 80 or higher.
Values between 60 and 100 are considered normal. Many healthy people have heart rates slower than 60, however.
From 12 to 16 breaths per minute is normal for a healthy adult. Breathing more than 20 times per minute can suggest heart or lung problems.
98.6 degrees Fahrenheit is the average, but healthy people can have resting temperatures slightly higher or lower.
Using a stethoscope, a doctor listens for crackles, wheezes, or decreased breath sounds. These and other sounds are clues to the presence of heart or lung disease.
- Complete blood count
- Chemistry panel
- Urnialysis (UA)
Your doctor can use a range of examination techniques including tapping your abdomen to detect liver size and presence of abdominal fluid, listening for bowel sounds with a stethoscope, and palpating for tenderness.
Nerves, muscle strength, reflexes, balance, and mental state may be assessed.
Annual Physical Exam
Essential part of any doctor’s visit. Surprisingly, though, there are no absolutes in a routine physical. A good doctor may be thorough or brief, but he or she will spend time listening to your concerns and providing counseling for your particular needs. Annual exams usually check your: History. This is your chance to mention any complaints or concerns about your health. Your doctor will also likely quiz you about lifestyle behaviors like smoking, excessive alcohol use, sexual health, diet, and exercise. The doctor will also check on your vaccination status and update your personal and family medical history.