Preventive screening measures like physical exams are a great way to preserve your health in the long term. At StatMD, urgent care and family medicine specialist Ravinderjit Singh, MD, offers in-office physical exams to people of all ages. To make an appointment at the practice in Bakersfield, California, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
A physical exam assesses your general health and well-being. Often, it takes less than an hour and requires no downtime.
During your physical, don’t hesitate to ask questions or bring up concerns. That’s particularly true if you’re experiencing any unusual symptoms that don’t respond to conservative at-home treatments like rest, over-the-counter medication, or dietary modifications.
StatMD uses physical exams to:
Depending on your age, medical history, and needs, your provider might also recommend laboratory tests, such as blood samples or urinalysis, to determine your risk of high cholesterol or nutritional and hormonal deficiencies.
Before your physical exam, take the time to gather the necessary information and paperwork. StatMD recommends you bring the following items to your appointment:
On the day of your physical exam, wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and leave any excess jewelry at home. That makes it easier for your provider to thoroughly examine your body.
At StatMD, a physical exam begins with your provider asking a series of questions, including if you have allergies or any underlying health problems. They also ask questions about your lifestyle, including the type of food you eat, how often you exercise, and if you smoke or drink alcohol.
Next, your provider uses a bright light to inspect your ears, eyes, nose, and throat. Then, they examine your skin, scanning for any unusual-looking moles or growths. Afterward, you lie down on an exam table, and your provider gently palpates your organs to determine their location and size. If anything seems abnormal, they might order an X-ray or an MRI.
Your provider then listens to your heart and respiratory rate, tests your reflexes, and conducts gender-specific screens like a breast or prostate exam. They might also order laboratory tests or update your immunizations. If you have questions or concerns, make sure to bring them up.
If it’s been more than a year since your last physical exam, make an appointment at StatMD by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool today.