What is a physical exam?
A physical exam is an evaluation of your overall health. A primary care provider performs a physical exam. This exam focuses on preventive care so you can get to good health or maintain it. If your provider suspects a health concern or you have a concern, they may refer you to see a specialist or offer tests to learn more about your symptoms. You don’t have to be ill to get a physical exam.
A healthcare provider will check your general health, which includes your:
- Eyes and Ears
- Nose and Mouth
- Nervous system
- Mental health
For men, a healthcare provider may check your genitals and prostate. For women, your provider may perform a breast exam.
Why do I need a physical exam?
The purpose of a physical exam is to:
- Check your general health.
- Make recommendations about how you can reach or maintain good health.
- Look for any underlying conditions or address any symptoms you experience.
- Get immunizations or vaccines.
- Ask questions and get answers about your health.
- Verify that you’re in good health to work a job that requires a pre-employment physical or to play a sport that requires a sports physical.