Physical exams are a form of preventive medicine that evaluates your overall health. These routine evaluations involve reviewing your medical history, performing a thorough exam, and providing medical guidance based on your specific health care needs.
Routine physicals ensure you receive comprehensive care even when you aren’t showing symptoms of disease. Your results give Dr. Lopez the information he needs to personalize your health care plan.
Physical exams include two equally important parts: the medical history review and physical exam. When you arrive at Dr. Lopez’s office, he checks your height and weight and records your vitals (blood pressure, respiration rate, and temperature). He can also conduct your physical exam during a house call.
Your medical history includes past illnesses and injuries, medications, vaccination records, and other vital information about your health. After reviewing your medical history, Dr. Lopez works with you to update it. He asks questions about your diet and lifestyle, the medications you take, and any new or worsening symptoms you experience.
The physical exam is a head-to-toe screening that involves:
Dr. Lopez also tests your reflexes and muscle strength to check for abnormalities.
After your physical exam, Dr. Lopez may order additional testing, such as blood work, urinalysis, and X-rays. He uses the information gathered during your exam to create an individualized care plan that minimizes your risk of chronic disease and enhances your health.
With an emphasis on whole-body care, Dr. Lopez may recommend the following changes after your physical exam:
As you age, your personalized care plan may change. That’s why it’s important to schedule a comprehensive physical exam with Dr. Lopez at least once a year for your physical and spiritual well-being. He recommends these traditional checkups for all ages. Immigration examinations are also available.
Call Fernando Lopez Ivern MD today or schedule an appointment online for comprehensive physical exams from an experienced primary care provider.