A physical exam is a comprehensive health assessment that allows your doctor to evaluate your overall health. At Carecore Health Center in Troy, Michigan, board-certified family medicine specialist Gheith Yousif, MD, and the team perform head-to-toe physical exams to help maintain your health. To learn more about physical exams, call Carecore Health Center or schedule an appointment online today.
Physical exams are screenings that evaluate your overall health. These preventive exams help identify potential health concerns and manage existing conditions, such as hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, and asthma. Physical exams also allow the Carecore Health Center team to provide interventional treatment to prevent or slow the progression of disease.
The Carecore Health Center team performs all types of physical exams, including:
An annual physical is a yearly head-to-toe exam where the team records your vitals and height and weight, reviews your medical history, and asks questions regarding your health. They also check inside your ears, nose, and throat, listen to your heart and lungs, and palpate your abdomen. At the end, the team evaluates your reflexes and muscle strength.
Designed especially for women, a well-woman exam is a physical that also focuses on reproductive health. The team may perform a breast and pelvic exam — a screening of your uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, and vagina — to detect abnormalities. They also perform a Pap smear to screen for cervical cancer cells.
If you’re interested in driving a commercial vehicle, you need a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical to screen for health problems that might prevent you from performing your job safely. In addition to a head-to-toe physical, the team performs a vision and hearing test and urinalysis.
Children and adults need routine physical exams to maintain their health and prevent future complications. The Carecore Health Center team recommends visiting for a physical exam at least once a year to identify changes to your health.
You may also need a physical exam if you experience any worrisome health concerns, such as worsening asthma or new thyroid issues.
The thyroid is a small gland at the front of your neck. Shaped like a butterfly, the thyroid plays an essential role in hormone regulation. If you have a hormone imbalance that causes mood swings, unintended weight gain, temperature changes, or other uncomfortable symptoms, a thyroid problem may be the culprit.
With dietary changes, lifestyle modifications, and medication, the Carecore Health Center team can help you manage thyroid issues.
The team can make any necessary changes to your prevention plan to ensure you remain healthy as you age. Taking interventional steps now can help minimize the need for costly and invasive treatments in the future.
To learn more about physical exams, call Carecore Health Center or schedule an appointment online today.