Physical Exams Los Angeles
Physical exams are one of the most common reasons to visit a doctor. A routine physical is a good way to keep up to date with your health. Though there are no set rules for the exam, the doctor will generally examine you for any symptoms of a medical condition. Also, the doctor will analyze your medical history and listen to any of your complaints to determine a diagnosis.
YOUR MEDICAL HISTORY INCLUDES:
- Lifestyle choices, such as diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol use
- Family medical history
A PHYSICAL EXAM MAY CHECK MANY OR MOST OF THE FOLLOWING:
- Vital signs, such as your blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and temperature
- Organs, such as the heart, lungs, and skin
- Body parts, such as the head, neck, abdomen, and joints
Males and females also have different exam needs. Male exams will involve checking the prostate and the penis and testicles for sexually transmitted infections or cancerous growths. Female exams will involve checking the breast for lumps or other conditions and the pelvic area for sexually transmitted infections or cancers.
The doctor may also test your urine, cholesterol and blood sugar for risk factors.