When was your last physical exam?
At our office, doctor visits are not limited to those who are sick. You may not think of scheduling an appointment with us when you feel perfectly healthy, but annual check ups are an important part of health and wellness.
Work physicals help determine if an individual is suited for a specific job. Employees who must undergo a pre-employment physical exam can meet their employer’s requirements with an appointment at Dr. Verma’s office, which may include TB testing, urinalysis, and drug testing.
Our office runs like clockwork. Each member of our staff is committed to staying on schedule and respecting our patients’ sense of time. We rarely run our appointments into the lunch hour or past closing.
We treat our patients the way we would like to be treated.
Our staff knows the systems and processes to run an efficient medical practice, and anticipates how to best meet our patients’ needs. Every medical chart is kept up to date with the last two years of medical history, and new concerns are recorded for Dr. Verma’s review at the time of the physical.
What to expect during a physical
- Update your personal and family medical history by asking questions. This is a good time to mention any concerns you may be having.
- Take your vital signs as follows:
Blood pressure – normal range is less than 120 over 80.
High blood pressure (hypertension) is 140 over 90 or higher.
Heart rate – normal range is between 60 and 100 beats per minute.
Respiration rate – normal range is from 12 to 16 breaths per minute.
Rapid breathing may suggest heart or lung problems.
Temperature – average body temperature of a healthy adult is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Perform the following exams:
Heart – listening for a strong, steady heartbeat with a stethoscope
Lung – listening for crackles, wheezes, or decreased breath sounds
Head and Neck – looking at your throat and tonsils, teeth and gums, eyes, ears, and nose
Neck – examining your lymph nodes, thyroid, and carotid arteries
Abdominal – tapping your abdomen and palpating for tenderness, listening for bowel sounds with a stethoscope
Neurological – assessing your nerves, muscle strength, reflexes, balance, and mental state
Dermatological – observing your skin and nails
Extremities – looking for physical and sensory changes or abnormalities
Male/Female – conducting exams specific to your biological sex
- Order appropriate laboratory tests, which may include:
Complete blood count
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