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In hospital Doctor examining patient's thyroid glands. Female practitioner is wearing lab coat.

Routine physicals are important for your health. Even when you feel healthy and well, having a physical is essential for identifying early signs of potentially serious conditions and ensuring that your health is on track for the future. What happens during your physical will depend on your age, gender, personal health history, and family history, but there are some basic types of tests you can almost always expect.

Visual and Physical Exams

During a physical, your doctor will look for visual abnormalities by examining the head, chest, and abdomen as well as by observing how you move and speak. The doctor or nurse may also check vital signs, and the doctor may feel for abnormalities in certain parts of the body, such as the abdomen. Women can also expect to have a pelvic exam, which may include a pap smear, while men can expect to have a testicular exam and prostate cancer screening during routine physicals.

It’s also likely that you will spend some time talking to your doctor about any new or existing health concerns and recommended preventive screenings. Effectively communicating with your primary physician about your health is one way to ensure the highest quality of care.

Laboratory Tests

A lab visit is often scheduled after a physical to take a complete blood count and screen for high cholesterol, diabetes and pre-diabetes, and hormonal abnormalities. Laboratory testing may also include STD screening, which may be performed via a blood test, urine test, or both, depending on your specific risk factors. If abnormalities do show up in your lab work, you may need to schedule a follow-up visit with your doctor. Otherwise, your results will be discussed over the phone or delivered by mail.

If you are due for your annual physical, you can find exceptional care with Paramount Urgent Care. Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties.  Please visit our contact us page for a location near you or call 352-674-9218.

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