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19335 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 4822319335 Grand River Ave
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.9(42 reviews)
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Get Well Urgent Care, Detroit - 19335 Grand River Ave
Staff was kind and doctor saw me within 10mins. Great office!

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12841 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI 4812612841 Ford Rd
Open until11:59 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
  • Sun12:00 am - 11:59 pm
4.59(1k reviews)
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1st Choice Urgent Care, Dearborn East - 12841 Ford Rd
I’m on vacation visiting family when my son came down with an ear infection. 1st Choice was close and convenient! Staff was super friendly and waited for a 5 minutes before being called back to see the doctor! Dr. Whitsell was amazing! Got us in and out fast! Thank you all so much! Will definitely recommend to all friends and family!

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13244 W Warren Ave, Dearborn, MI 4812613244 W Warren Ave
Open until 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
  • Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
4.91(1.3k reviews)
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Get Well Urgent Care, Dearborn - 13244 W Warren Ave
Thanks Doctor 👨‍⚕️ you the best ❣️ thanks to the employees as well. I choose W. Warren urgent care? Any day over all

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6500 Schaefer Rd, Dearborn, MI 481266500 Schaefer Rd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • SunClosed
4.55(11 reviews)
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Patient 1st Medical Clinic - 6500 Schaefer Rd
They were top-notch, quick, and organized, and they were on time didn't even need to get out Of my car. It was a drive-throw covid test.

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1770 Fort St, Lincoln Park, MI 481461770 Fort St
Open until11:59 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.4(30 reviews)
Get Well Urgent Care, Lincoln Park - 1770 Fort St
Staff was very polite and pleasant.  Very professional in manner.  Very concerned about my medical condition.

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624 E 9 Mile Rd, Hazel Park, MI 48030624 E 9 Mile Rd
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.35(674 reviews)
Neu Urgent Care - 624 E 9 Mile Rd
His was a very professional place. From the waiting room to the staff & the doctor it was all very nice. Would definitely recommend to all. No long wait either

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20311 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 4823620311 Mack Ave
Open until 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 - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.7(3.1k reviews)
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Michigan Urgent Care, Grosse Pointe - 20311 Mack Ave, Grosse Pointe Woods
I wasn't feeling well so I went to urgent care. I always get great care and treatment at the grosse pointe location. The check in is fast. The medical assistant Dymond is friendly and great. I appreciate the attending doctors/nurse practitioners, they always give me great care.

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641 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220641 W Nine Mile Rd
Open until 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
4.59(2.7k reviews)
Michigan Urgent Care, Ferndale - 641 W Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale
The staff was excellent efficient and kind Were They were mindful that I had. I was on a timeframe. They got me in. They took care of me and got me out.

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19959 Vernier Rd, Harper Woods, MI 4822519959 Vernier Rd
Open until 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 - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.76(757 reviews)
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Get Well Urgent Care, Harper Woods - 19959 Vernier Rd
Dr Grace & her staff were fantastic!!! Thank you!!!

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26000 Hoover Rd, Warren, MI 4808926000 Hoover Rd
Open until11:59 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.55(11 reviews)
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Get Well Urgent Care, Warren - 26000 Hoover Rd, Warren
Love this place ! Only place I will take my family when they need medical care ! Dr Soni And his staff are amazing and they are great at what they do ! Thank god for this place ! And all the staff !!

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25600 Schoenherr Rd, Warren, MI 4808925600 Schoenherr Rd
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.89(119 reviews)
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1st Choice Urgent Care, Warren - 25600 Schoenherr Rd
Been having a terrible cough and mucus for a few weeks walked in today relatively no wait maybe 5 to 10 minutes after paperwork and got right to business. The staff was very caring and helpful. They listened to my issue made there educated assessment and had me on my way!

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23455 Michigan Ave, Dearborn Heights, MI 4812423455 Michigan Ave
Open until 9:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
4.7(1.1k reviews)
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1st Choice Urgent Care, Dearborn West  - 23455 Michigan Ave, Dearborn Heights
I recommend this clinic. Scheduling was easy, I was seen right away at my appointment time, PCR test results were back in 15 minutes instead of 1 week. Staff, nurse, doctor are professional and respectful.

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23405 Plymouth Rd, Redford Charter Township, MI 4823923405 Plymouth Rd
Open until 8:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sat10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun10:00 am - 6:00 pm
5.0(10 reviews)
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Redford Urgent Care - 23405 Plymouth Rd
Friendly clean and efficient. Wait time was within reason.

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19100 Goddard Rd, Allen Park, MI 4810119100 Goddard Rd
Open until 7:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
4.75(4 reviews)
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Medworks Urgent Care And Family Doc Clinic, Allen Park - 19100 Goddard Rd
Needed to be seen on a Sunday morning. Made an appointment online & completed paperwork at the same time. They were very friendly & efficient! Got a lot of work done in a very short period of time. Extremely accommodating staff from reception to doc & checkout. I would definitely recommend!

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15830 Fort St, Southgate, MI 4819515830 Fort St
Open until 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 - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.74(69 reviews)
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Get Well Urgent Care, Southgate - 15830 Fort St
Having been a nurse for 44 years, I had hoped the doctor would have taken an adequate medical history from me, but it seemed he only had a minute or two allotted for my visit type. My chief complaint was urinary frequency, urgency and hesitancy, and no pain, however, I had been on Augmentin for 3 days with little relief and new onset nausea and diarrhea, which he did not address. His advice was to continue the med until the culture returned, but the UA was negative, making the culture an unnecessary expense and furthering my discomfort. I discontinued the Augmentin after diarrhea and several doses of Imodium. Please evaluate your patients after listening to ALL their complaints. Thank you.

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21929 E 9 Mile Rd, St. Clair Shores, MI 4808021929 E 9 Mile Rd
Open until 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 - 8:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
4.88(249 reviews)
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Springfield Urgent Care, St. Clair Shores - 21929 E 9 Mile Rd
Best Urgent Care Then I ever went to everybody was great

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720 E Eleven Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067720 E Eleven Mile Rd
Open until 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wed 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • SatClosed
  • SunClosed
4.75(83 reviews)
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Oakland Medical Clinic, Royal Oak - 720 E Eleven Mile Rd
Fast and Friendly Service…

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24661 Coolidge Hwy, Oak Park, MI 4823724661 Coolidge Hwy
Open until 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 - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.66(9k reviews)
Get Well Urgent Care , Oak Park - 24661 Coolidge Hwy, Oak Park
Scheduling very easy , staff super friendly , very understanding and knowledgeable! I love this urgent care

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24950 W Warren St, Dearborn Heights, MI 4812724950 W Warren St
Open until 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 - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.79(75 reviews)
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Get Well Urgent Care, Dearborn Heights - 24950 W Warren St
Sarah and Sohail were excellent. Sarah took various tests to determine what was the best treatment for me. I had a cold with Strep throat. I was suffering tremendously with congestion, coughing, along with losing my voice. As soon as she began treatment I felt a world of difference along with the injection that Sohail gave me. Highly recommend this urgent care. Very clean, very friendly. There was no wait time at all, and I made the appointment along with paper work on time.

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350 E 12 Mile Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071350 E 12 Mile Rd
Open until11:59 pm
  • Mon 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Tue 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Wed 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Thu 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Fri 8:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sun 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
4.87(134 reviews)
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Get Well Urgent Care, Madison heights - 350 E 12 Mile Rd
Had a bad cough for a couple days, went online found the best available time, scheduled the appointment and went there. They gave me the paperwork online so no wait once I arrived. They were very nice, listened to me and figured out what was wrong in less that 30 minutes!!! Staff is all amazing and the young lady who helped me in the pharmacy was so sweet!!!

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Recent Sports Physicals Reviews (20)

The 3 Kim’s are amazing! Took 2 kiddos for well child check/sports physical. They were so efficient and bed size manner was exceptional. Everyone made all of us feel valued. Everyone spoke to my kids like they were people. They listened and asked them questions. I am so grateful that they are partnering with me to teach my children how to be advocate for their health care!

- Verified patient on 8/3

I have had to use Summit for multiple reasons, from sports physicals to COVID testing, every single time I have been extremely pleased with the level of care!! The entire staff is friendly and welcoming. The nurses and physicians are very thorough and professional. They also have amazing bedside manner. I will continue to visit Summit for any needs that myself or my family may have!!

- Verified patient on 1/21

In the 30 years I’ve been on the clinical side of medical care, this is the standard every practice strives to achieve. Online appointment scheduling and registration was seamless from my phone. Upon arrival, front desk personnel were kind and waiting area was clean & comfortable. Our clinician was more thorough and thoughtful than I’d ever expect for a simple sports physical. Truly above and beyond. Most grateful, and well done On Point Aurora.

- Verified patient on 11/15

Wait time only gets four stars because of the large number of Covid related testing and flu season. That four star rating is only for today’s experience and is what would be the case at any location in mid December ***. HOWEVER, this is a great location and Ms. Zuck andAshley and Paula are really great! So is the other lady, whose name I have forgotten and who is married to the male nurse. This branch and the services it provides to our community at our end of Stafford County, VA is a huge positive. Never had a bad experience in all these years. I recommend this location all of the time. It is perfect for the many needs that we have, such as shots, sports physicals, even Covid testing. So, thank you for having located the office off of White Oak road! Good quality all of the way around. Thank you for serving our community.

- Verified patient on 12/16

Loved the ease of online scheduling & patient history paperwork ahead of time. Heather & Tiffany greeted us immediately & collected the necessary info for checking in my son for the best priced sports physical in Kitsap county - only $50!! He saw a very personable & thorough Physicians Asst - Glenn Peterson who took great care in evaluating my son, including extra focus on his mental health given current COVID-19 circumstances. I highly recommend Indigo Urgent Care in Poulsbo!

- Verified patient on 3/22

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

The staff was very helpful, but we were required to wear masks even though there is no mask mandate in our county. We were coming in for a quick sports physical, none of us were sick, therefore we had nothing to spread. I’m thankful we got what we went there for, but I will avoid going in again because we should not have to be forced to wear a device that hinders breathing.

- Verified patient on 4/23

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

Have been 5star until this visit. Don't know if it was due to a covid-19 frustration. Upon leaving the establishment i was notified that the process was shammed. Sport physical improperly executed while cutting corners of the process. I was disappointed and completely troubled. However I won't be ahh bad sport for the overall process isn't extensive as other places.

- Verified patient on 10/16

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

Was able to easily get an appointment at my convenience and experienced very little wait time. Staff was pleasant and performed what was needed for school sports physical at a reasonable cost. Great community resource.

- Verified patient on 8/8

The young lady at the front desk was amazing! In don’t remember her name but she was had very long eyelashes (extensions). She was a younger African American woman. The waits were terribly long due to all the sickness and Covid issues. I was there for my child’s sports physical so I was able to wait inside while all the sick people were waiting in their cars. Long story short, because I waited in the office I witnessed how she handled all the people. She was professional and friendly at all times. A woman who was frustrated came in and was not speaking very nice to the employees. The young lady at the front desk never lost her cool. She answered the questions the best she could and she remained pleasant. I was so impressed. Most people would have snapped back at the rude lady! Y’all are slammed with people! People are stressed and tired of waiting(2 hours for some) and they don’t feel well….but I was so impressed with how the young lady and the other ladies handled this very stressful time. Good for you! Please let your employees know that their kindness doesn’t go unnoticed.

- Verified patient on 1/3

We came in for a sports physical for our 7 yo son and it could not have gone better. From the sweet woman at the front desk being so welcoming and answering our questions, to Christi the MA taking his vitals and checking his eyes, to the PA James, it was a great visit from start to finish. We will definitely be back here.

- Verified patient on 7/10

After searching for a place to take my girls in for sports physical exams, this place came through. Walked in and was immediately put on the walk in list. Came back at the time given. The gentleman at the front desk really knows how to interact with patients. Very nice guy. Then the doctor came in and she was down to earth cool. We had a really good laugh and my girls got their physical exams and went home happy. I recommend this site than the other sites.

- Verified patient on 8/25

Office staff very friendly and efficient, thorough sports physical, would highly recommend.

- Verified patient on 6/3

Booked a same day appointment for my daughter's sports physical. Was in and out. Love this place.

- Verified patient on 8/30

The wait was a bit long but that is everywhere for walk-ins. I just went in for a sports physical my child needed and found out about hours before. I thank the staff for dealing with all they are dealing with(Covid, Flu, RSV, back to school and emergency care). They are heroes right now and I thank them very much.

- Verified patient on 8/17

What a wonderful experience we had. I took my son on Thursday and the treatment was superb, so much so that I booked his sports physical the next day and it was just as fabulous. Dr. Malik and the staff are professional and kind and warm. I will definitely go there again for my family urgent needs.

- Verified patient on 8/6

Took my son in today as a walk in for a sport physical around 4:30pm but had to come back at 8:15pm. All was good with to staff and doctor. The only thing I would have to say is that although the waiting area and put rooms looked nice and clean. I kept seeing little net flies around my son even killed 2 of them around him. Maybe the trash isn't taken out every day and that's causing the flies...

- Verified patient on 8/17

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

School & Sports Physicals in Detroit, MI

School sports physicals are exams used to determine whether teens can participate in sports during the school year. The exam is used by the school to make sure teens are healthy enough to participate in physical sports like basketball, football, soccer, and more. During the exam, your child will be asked about allergies, serious illnesses in the family, illnesses they had when they were younger, and any medicines they're taking. They'll also be asked about any past injuries, previous surgeries or hospitalizations, and whether they've ever had chest pain, passed out, felt dizzy, or had trouble breathing during exercise. Once the medical history is taken, the physical exam starts and the doctor will test their vision, record their height and weight, and take their blood pressure and pulse. They'll also evaluate their flexibility, joints, posture, and strength, as well as check their abdomen, lungs, heart, nose, ears, and throat.

A sports physical is important because it can help you discover and deal with any health problems that could interfere with your child's ability to participate in a sport. It's best to get your child's sports physical done as far in advance as possible before the season begins for the sport they want to participate in.

A sports physical can help you and your doctor decide whether or not it is safe for you or your child to participate in sports. Understanding what happens during a sports physical will assist you in preparing for your appointment and selecting the appropriate practitioner.

What is a sports physical?

The goal of a sports physical, according to the National Institutes of Health, is to identify any health conditions or concerns that could put you at risk for injury, illness, or death when engaging in sports (NIH). Most schools require students to have a sports physical before starting a new academic year or sports season.

According to Texas A&M University, a typical sports physical includes an in-depth discussion of your medical history as well as a physical examination. If your health is in good standing, your doctor will sign the necessary school documents, allowing you to continue participating in your sport of choice. According to the university, if your doctor suspects a medical condition, you may be encouraged to undergo more tests or wear special protective equipment such as a brace while engaging in sports.

Medical history

Your doctor will most likely enquire about your personal and family medical histories during a sports physical.

According to Texas A&M University, the most common family medical history questions revolve around a family history of heart disease and particular cardiac disorders including arrhythmia and Marfan syndrome. Your doctor might also ask if anyone in your family died of heart disease suddenly or young (before the age of 50).

Your doctor may question your personal medical history, such as whether you have asthma or other respiratory problems, headaches, a history of concussion, or if you've ever felt exhausted when exercising. According to Texas A&M University, your doctor may also ask if you've ever been diagnosed with a cardiac murmur.

The purpose of these discussions, according to the university, is to identify any potential health issues that may occur during or as a result of sports participation.

Physical examination

During the physical examination, your vital signs, eyesight, and hearing will all be tested. Heart and lung diseases are among the most common health concerns among doctors who provide sports physicals, according to Texas A&M University. Doctors also check for muscle and joint abnormalities and make sure you don't have any problems with your head, shoulders, back, or knees, according to the University.

According to the University, if you have a history of joint instability or twisted ankles, your doctor may recommend specific strengthening exercises or a change in diet if you are overweight. This is also an excellent time to speak with your doctor about strategies to improve your physical fitness before the start of the sports season.

Why is a sports physical important?

A sports physical is important because it teaches you how to avoid injuries while playing sports and how to conduct specific activities safely if you have a chronic medical condition, according to the National Library of Medicine (NLM).
According to the National Library of Medicine, a sports physical can determine whether you are in good condition, have any present ailments, or were born with any diseases that may increase your risk of injury. Your degree of physical fitness and body maturity are also assessed during a sports physical.

When and where should I go for a sports physical?

Texas A&M University recommends scheduling your sports physical four to eight weeks before the start of the season. This gives your doctor enough time to investigate and respond to any concerns you might have during your initial session. It also gives you more time to see a medical specialist if necessary for treatment of your condition or injury.

A sports physical can be combined with a wellness exam or a well-child visit, according to Texas A&M University. It goes on to add that in some situations, sports physicals can be done on campus at your child's school. Inquire with your doctor about getting a sports physical for yourself or your children.

What if there’s a problem?

If your doctor determines that you or your child has a health or medical concern that prevents you or your child from participating in sports, he or she may work with you to resolve the issue or refer you to a specialist who can. According to Texas A&M University, scheduling your sports physical four to eight weeks before the start of the season gives you adequate time to address and resolve concerns so you may continue with your sport.

Do I still have to get a regular physical?

A sports physical does not replace a regular physical or routine checkup, according to the National Library of Medicine. To be prepared for your appointment, ask your doctor when your next routine physical is due and what might be on the yearly physical exam checklist.

Who needs a sports physical?

According to the National Institutes of Health, schools usually require children and teens who want to participate in sports to have a sports physical before the start of the new school year or sports season. A sports physical may be beneficial if you participate in community sports and activities. Check with your doctor before engaging in any athletic activity to see if you or your child requires a sports physical.

Sports Physicals FAQs

  • What do they do at a sports physical?

    A sports physical usually includes a conversation about your medical history and a physical exam, reports the NLM. The purpose of a sports physical is to identify any potential health problems that may be caused or exacerbated by sports and to treat chronic conditions or injuries that may interfere with certain activities.

  • Is a sports physical covered by my insurance?

    Sports physicals, just like annual physicals, are typically covered by insurance. Check your coverage and book a sports physical today.

  • Where can I get a sports physical in Detroit?

    In general, sports physicals are available at Detroit-area urgent care centers, retail clinics, primary care doctor offices and school-provided physicians. While walk-in appointments are typically available, booking a visit online will reduce your wait time and ensure your child gets their physical done in time for the start of the season.

  • How can I book a sports physical in Detroit?

    If you are looking for a sports physical in Orlando, Solv can help you book an appointment. Simply search for Detroit-area doctors, find a provider, and book the most convenient time for you. Be sure to include “sports physical” as your reason for visit.

  • Can I make a same-day appointment for a sports physical in Orlando?

    Tryouts approaching and haven't gotten your child a physical? Never fear. Same-day and next-day appointments for sports physical can easily be booked directly through Solv. Simply search for Orlando-area doctors, find a provider, and book an appointment for a last-minute sports physical as soon as today.

  • How do I find the top-rated general practitioners in Orlando?

    Solv gathers reviews, ratings, and other data on Orlando-area sports physical providers to ensure the clinics provided meet our standards. Search for a clinic, see what previous patients think, and book a sports physical with a top-rated doctor today!

  • Who should get a sports physical?

    Teens who are interested in joining a sport at school will need a sports physical before being allowed to participate.

  • What if you don’t pass a sports physical?

    Texas A&M University notes that if your doctor identifies a problem that could interfere with your health and safety while playing sports, they will work with you to treat and address the problem prior to the sports season, if possible. The University adds that your doctor may suggest wearing a medical device like a brace if needed or refer you to a specialist for further treatment.

  • What happens at a physical for a woman?

    Sports physicals for women are similar to those for men. They are fully physicals, however, women do not undergo a pelvic exam, reports Texas A&M University. The university adds that some female athletes may have eating disorders as a result of not eating enough while staying active and that this factor can affect their menstrual cycles. In these instances, females may talk to their doctors about nutrition and eating habits that can keep them healthy.

  • What is a physical exam?

    During a physical exam, your doctor will study or inspect your body to determine whether or not you have any physical health problems. According to the NLM, a physical test usually includes having your doctor visually inspect your body, feel it with their fingers or hands, and listen to it (such as your heart).

Sources

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  1. Sports Physicals (August 8, 2021)
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK556111/
  2. The importance of sports physicals (August 6, 2019)
    https://vitalrecord.tamhsc.edu/the-importance-of-sports-physicals/
  3. Sports physical (January 12, 2022)
    https://medlineplus.gov/ency/patientinstructions/000673.htm
  4. Physical examination (January 12, 2022)
    https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002274.htm

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