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Heavens Urgent Care

Heavens Urgent Care

5.0(22 reviews)
95 S Idaho Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 8511995 S Idaho Rd
OpenMon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Recent patient review

This was one of the most pleasant experiences I've had with urgent care. My wife went in for a minor issue. The staff was very polite and cared about both of our health and well-being. Abouve and beyond is the best words to describe my experience with the staff. I will be returning for any health concerns of mine and will make any efforts to let people know about this facility. Thank you for being such an amazing team of medical providers. This place is awesome I recommend that this facility is part of the healing power the world needs in this time of crisis and I'm extremely greatful for the staff members here thank you so much!!😊
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Urgent Care 24/7, Phoenix

Urgent Care 24/7

4.0(4 reviews)
320 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004320 E McDowell Rd
OpenMon 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Mon12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Recent patient review

I needed to have wax removed from my ear. They told me what they were going to do before they started and I appreciated that. Before each procedure they did the same. It took about an hour because they were so careful...I am ninety-one. The place was very clean. Eric and Alyssa were so kind and gentle. I won't even hesitate going again.

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AlphaMeD, Biltmore

AlphaMeD

4.88(521 reviews)
1743 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850161743 E Camelback Rd
OpenMon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Recent patient review

This is the best place to get urgent care. Staff organized and helpful. Dr. Root was an expert on orthopedic care and was very thorough. No wait time with scheduled visit.

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AlphaMeD, Arrowhead

AlphaMeD

4.94(480 reviews)
20249 N 67th Ave, Glendale, AZ 8530820249 N 67th Ave
OpenMon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Was able to make same day appointment, Staff was very friendly and no wait time.

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AlphaMeD, Scottsdale

AlphaMeD

4.93(676 reviews)
9219 E Hidden Spur Trail, Scottsdale, AZ 852559219 E Hidden Spur Trail
OpenMon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:45 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Recent patient review

(Wildly) Exceeded expectations at every level, and w/ peace-of-mind after some anxious procrastination

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Lifespann Urgent Care and Walk-Ins, Primary Care & Esthetics : Gilbert

Lifespann Urgent Care and Walk-Ins

5.0(6 reviews)
2451 E Baseline Rd, Gilbert, AZ 852342451 E Baseline Rd
OpenMon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Gateway Urgent Care

Gateway Urgent Care

4.82(3.3k reviews)
920 E Williams Field Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85295920 E Williams Field Rd
OpenMon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Awesome experience!! The front desk girl was 🔥 🔥

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Heavens Urgent Care

Heavens Urgent Care

5.0(22 reviews)
95 S Idaho Rd, Apache Junction, AZ 8511995 S Idaho Rd
OpenMon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Recent patient review

This was one of the most pleasant experiences I've had with urgent care. My wife went in for a minor issue. The staff was very polite and cared about both of our health and well-being. Abouve and beyond is the best words to describe my experience with the staff. I will be returning for any health concerns of mine and will make any efforts to let people know about this facility. Thank you for being such an amazing team of medical providers. This place is awesome I recommend that this facility is part of the healing power the world needs in this time of crisis and I'm extremely greatful for the staff members here thank you so much!!😊

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Cigna Care Today

Cigna Care Today

102 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004102 S Central Ave
OpenMon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Cigna Healthcare of Arizona

Cigna Healthcare of Arizona

755 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006755 E McDowell Rd
OpenMon 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Mon12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Concentra Urgent Care, Phoenix

Concentra Urgent Care

3.0(36 reviews)
1818 Sky Harbor Cir N, Phoenix, AZ 850341818 Sky Harbor Cir N
OpenMon 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Mon12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Express Urgent Care

Express Urgent Care

4.0(56 reviews)
333 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013333 W Thomas Rd
OpenMon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Cigna Medical Group Urgent Care, Phoenix

Cigna Medical Group Urgent Care

3.42(39 reviews)
3003 N 3rd Street Ac, Phoenix, AZ 850143003 N 3rd Street Ac
OpenMon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Everyone was very professional and friendly. I was well taken care of from my welcoming in the front office, to medical staff taking my vital signs and Dr Porsche was very caring and listened to all my needs.
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HonorHealth Medical Group Urgent Care , Indian School

HonorHealth Medical Group Urgent Care

3.33(4 reviews)
4131 N 24 th Street Ac, Phoenix, AZ 850164131 N 24 th Street Ac
OpenMon 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Concentra Urgent Care

Concentra Urgent Care

2.0(7 reviews)
3532 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850193532 W Thomas Rd
OpenMon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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  • Thu 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Banner Urgent Care, 7th St & Camelback Rd

Banner Urgent Care

3.27(15 reviews)
5018 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 850145018 N 7th St
OpenMon 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Recent patient review

I was able to get in to be seen quickly by just walking in. My care was just as thorough as going to my old primary care doc.
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OneHealth Urgent Care

OneHealth Urgent Care

4.64(116 reviews)
702 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013702 W Camelback Rd
OpenMon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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MBI Industrial Medicine

MBI Industrial Medicine

3501 W Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850193501 W Osborn Rd
OpenMon 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Tue 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Wed 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Thu 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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CVS, MinuteClinic

CVS

2.5(6 reviews)
1610 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 850161610 E Camelback Rd
OpenMon 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
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  • Fri 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Prime Medical Pain Management

Prime Medical Pain Management

4527 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 850174527 N 27th Ave
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FastMed Urgent Care, 19th Avenue

FastMed Urgent Care

2.63(20 reviews)
5201 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 850155201 N 19th Ave
OpenMon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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I feel real comfortable and we'll taken care of, and most of all they really do care about you n your health!!!!!!
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Physical Exam FAQs

  • What is a physical exam?

    A physical exam is a procedure in which your doctor examines your body to see whether you have any health problems.

  • What happens at a physical for a woman?

    A doctor will review a woman's medical history and perform the recommended screenings for her age group during a physical exam. According to the National Library of Medicine, she may also have her blood pressure and cholesterol levels examined, as well as have a conversation with her doctor about any new or existing health concerns.

  • Why are physical exams important?

    Physical exams are crucial, according to the National Library of Medicine, since they can uncover health concerns that you may be unaware of and help you minimize your chance of developing future health problems such as osteoporosis or diabetes.

  • How long do exams take?

    According to the National Library of Medicine, the length of time it takes for your doctor to do a physical exam is largely determined by the type and quantity of procedures and screenings that will be performed during your consultation. So that you can make the necessary arrangements, ask your doctor how long the exam will take.

  • What are common lab tests that can be ordered during a physical exam?

    During a physical exam, your doctor may prescribe a Pap test, a blood glucose test for diabetes, a cholesterol test, a complete blood count, and a thyroid-stimulating hormone test, according to the National Library of Medicine. During your next appointment, your doctor can provide you more information about the lab tests that may be recommended for you.

  • What vital signs are taken during a physical?

    According to the National Library of Medicine, vital signs are normally measured during an annual doctor visit because they alter with age, weight, activity level, and overall health. Blood pressure, temperature, pulse, and breathing rate are examples of vital indicators.

  • What questions should you ask your doctor during a physical?

    You can learn more about your health and the activities you can take to address or avoid specific health problems by asking questions during your physical checkup. According to the National Library of Medicine, you should bring a list of questions and concerns about your health to your appointment, such as new symptoms you're experiencing and screens and tests you should undergo based on your age, gender, and family history.

  • Where can I find and book a physical exam in Arizona?

    Solv is the simplest and most convenient way to schedule a physical test. You may rest easy knowing your physical exam is being handled by a knowledgeable doctor thanks to Solv's database of just the highest-rated providers in your area. Visit Solv now to locate an urgent care clinic or a doctor who can offer physical exams near you.

Recent Physical Exam Reviews (20)

I am so very BLESSED! Dr. Ann helped me sooo much!! I am in Urgent Care, (it seems like) at least 2-3 times a month. I am mentally and physically disabled, a Single Parent and I have 3 children. I was in there for 1 1/2 hours, due to everything being my fault. Dr. Ann was the only Doctor that was able to find the true cause of my sickness. I have been sick for 2 months, even went to TMC a few weeks ago. All along, the fevers, pain in my head, not sleeping, and sore throat, wasn’t “Viral”. It was from an Ear Infection that had 2 months of dried up blood, (that turned black and hard) in my Ear Canal. She took up so much of her time on me, that I PRAY TO GOD, that HE Blesses her! All this time. Since July 17th, my birthday. I had gotten a “Daith piercing” to stop migraines from the TBI. Well, I blood a lot from the piercing, and when she said “she couldn’t see inside my ear because of the Wax buildup”, I told her the truth. I went into Urgent Care thinking I had the Covid, or Mono (Dr. Ann just diagnosed my 17 year old with it 6 days ago) and it was neither one. My Ear was infected. It took her 1 1/2 hours to get 6 pieces of, (what looked like) black coal out of my Ear Canal. It was actually 2 months of dried up blood. I’m cannot THANK Dr. Ann or the entire Staff, enough! My eldest sister, is Dr. Annie Pearson. I do hope one day they can meet because my own sister was shocked that TMC didn’t catch it! GOOD JOB Urgent Care for hiring Dr. Ann at Old Spanish Trail in Tucson, Arizona!!!!! Thank you, Maureen Pearson

- Verified patient on 9/20

Waited one hour even though we had an appointment. Got into the room and had the vitals etc. done, then waited another 20 minutes or the provider. Not his fault, way too many patients and no other providers on staff. Need better staffing. Also, probably need better training on doing the eye test. We were there for a sports physical and the eye test they did showed severe vision problems, which we thought was odd. Went to our optometrist the next day for an exam and vision test was perfectly normal. Need some better system for people to wait if they have Covid symptoms. We were not there for Covid, but many others were. They were, appropriately, asked to wait outside or in their vehicles. Problem was they were waiting out there for 2+ hours. It was a really hot day. So they were in their cars roasting or with air-conditioning on and running their vehicles. Contributing to pollution and global warming. There has to be a better system than that.

- Verified patient on 8/19

I have suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis for over 25 years. I have many doctors and nurses due to an autoimmune disease. I have mostly had great experiences because I see the same doctors and go to the same hospital. I live in Phoenix and was in Prescott on a Sunday(Mother's Day). My RA flare pain was easily off the chart & I had no idea where to go. I found Nextcare online, only a mile from where I was staying. From the minute I walked in the door to the minute I walked out, it was an overall great experience. Although there was not much Dr. Dan could do until I see my Rheumatologist in Phoenix, he was able to give me a shot for some relief until I see my regular doctor. Thank you to the doctor and the entire staff for going above and beyond to help physically as well as mentally. Chronic pain and illness is unrelenting. Kind, hardworking staff makes all the difference. :)

- Verified patient on 5/12

I have 3 stars on wait time because the app that needs to be initiated on phone wasn’t working properly. I’m not in the habit of scanning things on my phone, because it causes unnecessary and unwanted texts and emails to me ( like this survey does instance) anyhow, after waiting for the paperwork to come thru my phone, turns out it never did. Therefore, adding another 20 minutes to my wait time. If I had received actual PAPER work to fill out, which I originally requested, it would have been much quicker and done in a timely matter. The receptionist (absolutely lovely girl) told me the only way to check in was they my phone. Well, guess what, I didn’t and filled out paperwork anyway. 😀 overall, sports physical experience was amazing. !!!

- Verified patient on 8/5

Once I got there it was great, but I had called in the morning to find a location with an MD or DO working because my son's collegiate sport physical required it. I was told *** McDowell, and the lady made my appointment, and drove a half hour to that location to find that they did not have a MD or DO. The staff was nice and found another location which I drove to and got everything done. But it was a long and frustrating afternoon.

- Verified patient on 7/22

It was really quite backed up with Covid checks; and a few physical injuries that made me feel Sqeemish just Hearing about them! In light of all that- waiting seems inevitable these days and the cheerful professionalism of everyone: Carolina check in to Amy the doc & her male nurse practitioner (Richard?) made it all very ouch less in the end! {{ I allow Solv to use only my first name & last initial but not my full name nor my email adrs for publication.}}

- Verified patient on 8/19

The staff was super friendly, the doctor was energetic and happy even after such a long day and so many patients. It just was a long wait even with a scheduled appointment. Although we showed up an hour and a half early thinking it would help keep our place in line to no avail. We checked in online and it was very convenient. The sports physical was a flat fee and economical. I would recommend this location and will be back if needed.

- Verified patient on 8/21

Went there to get a physical are appointment was set for 4 pm on a Wednesday. Made the appointment on Monday. We checked in at 3:15 we sat there til after 7pm. I made appointment for what cause we were treated like a walk-in anyway. Didn’t like it any we didn’t have any where else to go. I booked it on line cause I thought we would have had that spot reserved for us at that time . Guess not

- Verified patient on 11/7

The staff was wonderful and friendly. I was trying to schedule a Covid test, and I was having no luck anywhere and was unable to speak to a live person. A very nice gentleman answered the phone right away and told me he would schedule my appointment and I was able to get one for 1 1/2 hours later. There was also a physician there who gave me a physical. What a great experience. So glad I called them!

- Verified patient on 8/2

I visit this ungent care for the first time today 7/7/20.The staff was very friendly and accommodating to my needs from start to finish. The physical who saw me was AWESOME. She took the time to explain what was going on with me and check on me while I wait for the treatment to take effect. If I could give her a *** stars I would!! This is an excellent urgent care and I highly recommend it🙂

- Verified patient on 7/8

I was treated courteous and got in there right away I didn't know I was going to have to have a semi physical before the covid testinghowever they did not tell me how to get my resultscan I do need to do a little cleaning the bathroom is not clean it all the toilet sink and their little cart in there really dirty but overall service was excellent

- Verified patient on 11/20

Aside from the woman who worked there complaining about all patients the entire time I was in the room it was fine. Scheduling is a little confusing - I was the 2nd person physically there, 1 person scheduled ahead of me and a 4 hour wait time for “12 walk ins” that were somehow walk ins ahead of me? Direct people I met with were great.

- Verified patient on 12/11

I was in and out of NextCare in under 30 minutes. Front desk person was polite, friendly and accommodating in every way. Nurse or PA was friendly, clear in directions and efficient. She answered my questions succinctly. The Dr was friendly and caring and gave me all the answers to my questions. The physical facility was spotless. Thank you!

- Verified patient on 10/11

We arrived first thing in the morning on a Sunday morning to get my son’s physical. Timing was perfect. We didn’t wait longer than 15 minutes before seeing a provider and were out within 45. Anyone who was there for Covid testing was directed immediately to wait in their cars. It looks like they’re following all the right protocols.

- Verified patient on 7/5

I brought my daughter in for a sports physical and she was treated by a physician we have seen in the past. He is great everytime we have been in for something (ear infection, sport injury, etc...). He takes the time to explain and listen. He is very nice and puts my family at ease every visit.

- Verified patient on 1/7

Staff at front desk when signing in, were friendly, as usual, not my first time coming to NextCare Urgent Care for yearly work physical. I travel in the medical field. The staff person who took me back for vital signs, weight, height, and visual test was very professional. I would recommend NextCare Urgent Care to everyone!

- Verified patient on 2/28

Came in for a sports physical, for my son. Front desk staff very helpful and the physician was great. Very clean place and professional. Wait time was very efficient. Booked my appointment over the phone easy process. Inexpensive cost for a physical. Overall great experience.

- Verified patient on 8/26

Had three kids come in for their sports physicals. The check in staff was cordial and professional. The staff who took vitals and other preliminary tests had a great sense humor. The PA who performed the physical was awesome and understanding

- Verified patient on 7/19

My daughter had to have a physical last minute and we understood it would be a couple hours wait. The doctor got us out of there just in time, even with the current health crisis. We really appreciate you!

- Verified patient on 8/9

I had a very good experience however there were several sports physical patients in front of us and I had a sick baby. I didnt like that I had to wait that much longer for something like that.

- Verified patient on 8/12

Arizona Physical Exams

As part of a doctor's routine checkup, a physical examination is usually performed. Learn more about what happens during a physical exam to better prepare for your next medical appointment.

Physical examination

A physical examination is when a healthcare professional examines and studies your body to see if you have a physical health problem. The four components of a physical examination, according to the National Library of Medicine, are inspection, palpation, auscultation, and percussion (NLM).

During the examination, your doctor looks over your body for any issues, such as skin flaws. Palpation is the technique of feeling your body with your fingers or hands, such as when a doctor feels for a tumor or mass, according to the National Library of Medicine.

Auscultation is a method of listening to sounds, such as your heartbeat, by your doctor. Making noises, such as tapping on various body parts, is referred to as percussion. This is usually done to determine the size and consistency of your organs, as well as the presence or absence of fluids in specific places, according to the National Library of Medicine.

The purpose of an annual physical exam

According to the National Library of Medicine, an annual physical exam can help you discover and avoid health problems you may not be aware of.

An annual physical exam is used to screen for diseases like cancer and to see whether you're at risk for certain health problems like diabetes. A yearly physical checkup, according to the National Library of Medicine, helps you to stay current on vaccines and other preventative health treatments, as well as make smart lifestyle choices that benefit your general health. Another benefit of having a yearly physical examination is that you can communicate with your doctor at any time if you develop an illness or chronic disease.

How to prepare for a physical examination

According to the National Library of Medicine, being prepared for your appointment will help you make the most of your time with your doctor and avoid unnecessary follow-ups.

First, review your family's medical history and be prepared to discuss any inherited health concerns, such as high blood pressure, cancer, or diabetes. Your doctor may use this information to assess if you're at risk for these same health problems, according to the National Library of Medicine.

Check with the National Library of Medicine to discover if any general exams or immunizations are required. If you're not sure, call your doctor ahead of time to make sure you're dressed appropriately or to make special arrangements if you need to undergo specialized tests.

Finally, the National Library of Medicine recommends making a list of issues and questions to bring up at your meeting. If you've been suffering any new or different symptoms, for example, write them down so your doctor can evaluate you for any linked health issues.

How a physical examination is performed

The manner in which your physical exam is conducted is primarily governed by your gender and age, according to the National Library of Medicine, due to differences in anatomy and health problems that impact different age groups.

Male examination

Males between the ages of 18 and 39 have their height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) measured at every consultation, according to the National Library of Medicine. Males in this age group may be asked about mental health issues including depression, as well as their food, exercise, and substance use habits. It is possible to assess your blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease.

Males aged 40 to 64 receive the same services as men aged 18 to 39, including colorectal cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and osteoporosis screenings, according to the National Library of Medicine. Men in their sixties and seventies may also be questioned about their medications and whether or not they have fallen recently.

Female examination

Females between the ages of 18 and 39 will have their height, weight, and BMI checked at each visit. Females should have their blood pressure checked every one to two years, according to the National Library of Medicine, and cervical cancer screenings should begin at the age of 21. Females in this age group may get diabetes and cholesterol screenings as part of their routine medical examination.

Women between the ages of 40 and 64 receive all of the same services as younger women, including lung cancer, colorectal cancer, and osteoporosis screenings, according to the National Library of Medicine. Routine mammograms may be performed on women over the age of 65, and they may be asked about any medications they are taking.

Lab tests

Your doctor may order lab tests to confirm or rule out one or more disorders based on the results of your physical exam. Lab tests may be utilized as part of evaluations for illnesses such as colorectal cancer and cervical cancer, according to the National Library of Medicine.

Call your doctor ahead of time to find out if you'll be getting blood tests and what they'll entail so you can make the necessary arrangements.

Following up after a physical examination

Following your physical examination, you may be called if one of your screens or lab tests comes back positive or inconclusive. Your doctor will contact you in such circumstances to discuss treatment choices or to recommend additional tests and screening. Your doctor can tell you more about what to expect in terms of follow-up after your physical exam.

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