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Prudent Medical, Tacoma

Prudent Medical

4.68(31 reviews)
1720 E 67th St, Tacoma, WA 984041720 E 67th St
OpenMon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Provider Joon was very friendly, listened to my concerns and even took the time to take my shoe and sock off to see my issue with my foot. He ordered me medicine, x-ray and a note for work. He was very professional and had on some awesome socks! I was in with scheduled appointment (greeted me by name) and out with in 15min. Now that's what I call great service! I would highly recommend going here!
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Prudent Medical, Tacoma

Prudent Medical

4.68(31 reviews)
1720 E 67th St, Tacoma, WA 984041720 E 67th St
OpenMon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Provider Joon was very friendly, listened to my concerns and even took the time to take my shoe and sock off to see my issue with my foot. He ordered me medicine, x-ray and a note for work. He was very professional and had on some awesome socks! I was in with scheduled appointment (greeted me by name) and out with in 15min. Now that's what I call great service! I would highly recommend going here!

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Tran Urgent Care & Wellness Centers, Tacoma

Tran Urgent Care & Wellness Centers

3.61(429 reviews)
710 S 38th St, Tacoma, WA 98418710 S 38th St
OpenMon 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
  • Mon 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
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  • Wed 9:00 am - 1:45 pm
  • Thu 9:00 am - 1:45 pm
  • Fri 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sat 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • Sun 9:00 am - 2:45 pm
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Recent patient review

No clue about the appointment. The online check in meant nothing. Submitting info online was pointless because they “didn’t have access to anything inline.” The girl who helped me was awesome, kind and helpful.

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Prudent Medical, Federal Way

Prudent Medical

4.85(46 reviews)
1045 S 320th St, Federal Way, WA 980031045 S 320th St
OpenMon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Recent patient review

Lovely experience from Dr. Jorein! Would definitely recommend to everyone.

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Sound Family Medicine, Bonney Lake

Sound Family Medicine

4.52(389 reviews)
10004 204th Ave E, Bonney Lake, WA 9839110004 204th Ave E
OpenMon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Recent patient review

The staff listened to me! It was nice to have a PA that listened while still asking the important questions

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Mary Bridge Children's Urgent Care, Olympia (KIDS ONLY)

Mary Bridge Children's Urgent Care

4.85(101 reviews)
422 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia, WA 98506422 Lilly Rd NE
OpenMon 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Recent patient review

The staff were courteous, knowledgeable and kind. Our wait time was short and were very pleased with the care our child received. If we ever need urgent medical care again we will bring our children here!

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Tran Urgent Care & Wellness Center, Olympia

Tran Urgent Care & Wellness Center

2.84(91 reviews)
3000 Limited Ln NW, Olympia, WA 985023000 Limited Ln NW
OpenMon 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Mon 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Recent patient review

Even though they were understaffed and dealing with other rude people they were super friendly and didnt let the bad eggs get to them or allow it to effect the care I received! Amazing establishment

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MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital

MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital

3.0(64 reviews)
315 M.L.K. Jr Way, Tacoma, WA 98405315 M.L.K. Jr Way
OpenMon 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
  • Mon12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Franciscan Prompt Care, St. Joseph

Franciscan Prompt Care

1812 S J St, Tacoma, WA 984051812 S J St
OpenMon 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Kaiser Permanente Tacoma Medical Center

Kaiser Permanente Tacoma Medical Center

2.46(40 reviews)
209 M.L.K. Jr Way, Tacoma, WA 98405209 M.L.K. Jr Way
OpenMon 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Concentra Urgent Care, Tacoma

Concentra Urgent Care

1.5(32 reviews)
2624 S 38th St, Tacoma, WA 984092624 S 38th St
OpenMon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Mon 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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  • Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Integrity Healthcare, Tacoma

Integrity Healthcare

8833 Pacific Ave S, Tacoma, WA 984448833 Pacific Ave S
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Seattle Children's Urgent Care - Federal Way

Seattle Children's Urgent Care - Federal Way

4.0(5 reviews)
34920 Enchanted Pkwy S, Federal Way, WA 9800334920 Enchanted Pkwy S
OpenMon 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
  • Mon 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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  • Sat11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Franciscan Prompt Care, Gig Harbor

Franciscan Prompt Care

2.57(14 reviews)
4700 Point Fosdick Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 983354700 Point Fosdick Dr
OpenMon 8:00 am - 7:30 pm
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Concentra Urgent Care, Federal Way

Concentra Urgent Care

1.5(23 reviews)
1300 S 320th St, Federal Way, WA 980031300 S 320th St
OpenMon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Franciscan Urgent Care, Federal Way

Franciscan Urgent Care

4.0(38 reviews)
31675 Pacific Hwy S, Federal Way, WA 9800331675 Pacific Hwy S
OpenMon 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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UW Neighborhood Federal Way Clinic, Federal Way Clinic

UW Neighborhood Federal Way Clinic

32018 23rd Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 9800332018 23rd Avenue South
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US Healthworks

US Healthworks

1.5(17 reviews)
3850 S Meridian, Puyallup, WA 983733850 S Meridian
OpenMon 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Franciscan Prompt Care, Canyon Road

Franciscan Prompt Care

15214 Canyon Rd E, Puyallup, WA 9837515214 Canyon Rd E
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South Auburn Medical Clinic

South Auburn Medical Clinic

2.5(5 reviews)
3830 A St SE, Auburn, WA 980023830 A St SE
OpenMon 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Mon10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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South Hill General Medical Clinic

South Hill General Medical Clinic

1.5(14 reviews)
10209 136th St E, Puyallup, WA 9837410209 136th St E
OpenMon 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Physical Exam FAQs

  • How much does a physical exam cost in Tacoma?

    Without insurance, a physical exam can cost anywhere between $50 and $200. With insurance, the cost of a physical exam is usually completely covered at least once a year, or requires a copayment of $10 to $50. Book a physical exam today to get estimated costs in Tacoma today.

  • How can I book a physical exam in Tacoma?

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

  • Where can I get a physical exam in Tacoma?

    In general, physical exams will be available at Tacoma-area urgent care centers, retail clinics and primary care doctor offices. While walk-in appointments are typically available, booking a visit online will reduce your wait time and ensure you get a physical as quickly and easily as possible.

  • Can I make a same-day appointment for a physical exam in Tacoma?

    Same-day and next-day appointments for physical exams can easily be booked directly through Solv. Simply search for Tacoma-area doctors, find a provider, and book an appointment for a physical as soon as today.

  • How do I find the best physical exam clinic in Tacoma?

    Solv gathers reviews, ratings, and other data on Tacoma-area general practitioners to ensure the clinics provided meet our standards. Search for a provider, see what previous patients think, and book an appointment with a top-rated doctor today!

  • Who should get a physical exam?

    It is generally recommended that everyone get a physical exam yearly. This can help detect problems early and begin treatment as early as possible. While the components of your physical may vary with age, it is important to have one annually at all ages.

  • Are video visits available with physical exam clinics in Tacoma?

    Although a complete physical exam cannot be completed over telehealth, your doctor may offer an annual wellness visit (AWV). An AWV is designed to evaluate patients over video and can replace annual physicals for individuals who have already established a relationship with their provider. AWVs do not require BMI and blood pressure measurements. These can either be self-reported or delayed.

  • Is a physical exam covered by my insurance?

    Many health insurers offer one annual physical for free. If the visit isn’t completely covered, patients will have to pay a $10 to $50 copay. It is uncommon for medical insurances to not offer annual physical coverage.

  • Are video visits with general practitioners covered by my insurance?

    AWVs are generally covered once per calendar year. Your insurance coverage for in-person physicals will be similar to the coverage provided for AWVs. Book a telemedicine visit to see estimated costs in the Tacoma area.

Recent Physical Exam Reviews (20)

I just want to say that I’m worried about the safety of the staff. Today a man exited his car to confront staff. He was visibly angry about what line he was placed in and was yelling at the staff. He parked his car and physically approached people navigating traffic. I was afraid he might strike one of the staff. The employees did a great job attempting to deescalate. I just wish security had been present to escort the man away. Please bring on security for the staff.

- Verified patient on 10/1

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

(1) Finding the right way to schedule was a little difficult. It could be made clearer how to register if you have symptoms. (2) Staff took excellent cleanliness precautions, but the Aurora drive-up facility needs work. Staff at the windows wore covering, which were black at the sleeves from touching the opening. Staff made sure they were interacting with public in a very clean way, but the physical facility should be made more clinically-clean. (3) APPLAUSE for the staff. They are reassuring, efficient experts at the process. (4) APPLAUSE for the lab - they returned results in 17 hours! (5) EXCELLENT that I could make an appointment for testing on the same day I was experiencing symptoms!

- Verified patient on 1/17

Had to come here for a last-minute physical for my son. Was able to make an appt online very easily. Leanne happily assisted me with parking validation and printing out the physical forms I neglected to do on my own. The ARNP John Ward is friendly, pleasant and efficient. The wait time was a bit long, but they let us know and we were only there for a hour total so not that bad really. The complimentary drinks are a thoughtful touch. My son especially loved that, having helped himself to two. Will definitely come back for urgent care needs and when the pediatrician can’t see us quickly.

- Verified patient on 8/10

I was very nervous for my first test. Upon arrival, we were ushered right in and greeted with kindness. All staff kept their distance with professionalism. Information was received and we were moved to the EMTs, who were extremely understanding of the nerves. They explained the process patiently, showed the test tool, and described what to physically expect. The test went quickly and was exactly what was described. Thank you to all those at the Aurora Test Site! You were stellar.

- Verified patient on 7/29

Was not happy with the way the doctor wrote a comment on my daughter physical paper. Was not very understanding

- Verified patient on 11/25

Very easy and efficient. They text message you the links to all the information you need to provide in advance. Once you get there, you're directed to a lane, are greeted by an attendant who confirms your information, then are provided with the test materials to bring to the administrator all while in your car. The administrators are free the fire department and EMTs and do a great job explaining what will happen, how it feels and put you at ease. After the 20-30 second test, you're on your way with a tissue to help with the inevitable tearing (physical reaction) from the test.

- Verified patient on 7/17

Great experience! Booking an appt on line was easy. Starting with a volunteer as you enter the parking area, there are volunteers every step of the way to ensure social distancing and ensure the process runs smoothly. Entire process took about 30 min. Must have I.D. There is no charge. Vaccination site is a short distance away from the parking garage; which is free. Umbrellas are thoughtfully provided as is physical assistance if needed. Volunteers were friendly, thoughtful and some of the most efficient people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. Actual vaccination site is extremely clean and ran with the same efficiency. You may schedule the second part of the vaccine here even if you got the first part elsewhere; provide proof of vaccination either way. After trying to book an appt @ 4 other sites and running into dead ends (out of vaccine, never got vaccine, on the list of providers by mistake, etc) I was extremely thankful to start the process here and I highly recommend this location.

- Verified patient on 1/21

So easy to get a Covid test! We were surprised by the steady stream of clients coming in for a test but it was well managed. There was plenty of parking, required appointments meant a short line, and each staff person we engaged with was efficient and friendly. The environment felt very safe. Testing was done outside, everyone was socially distanced, staff had full PPE, and masks were required for all clients except when physically performing the test. Would definitely go there again.

- Verified patient on 9/1

Had to come here for a last-minute physical for my son. Was able to make an appt online very easily. Leanne happily assisted me with parking validation and printing out the physical forms I neglected to do on my own. The ARNP John Ward is friendly, pleasant and efficient. The wait time was a bit long, but they let us know and we were only there for a hour total so not that bad really. The complimentary drinks are a thoughtful touch. My son especially loved that, having helped himself to two. Will definitely come back for urgent care needs and when the pediatrician can’t see us quickly.

- Verified patient on 8/10

Great first experience! Friendly, competent, professional, and no real wait - maybe 2 minutes. We had a hiccup (daughter did not bring glasses to a sports physical), they let us leave quickly to get them, and immediately got us in a room upon our return. Clean, bright facility. I’d highly recommend this facility, the people, everything was awesome!

- Verified patient on 8/6

I didn't think I was ever going to get the covid shot, because it was very difficult to figure out where to get the vaccine and when I did find a location there were never any appointments available. I finally found the King County website, which is easy to navigate and I was shocked to find that not only were appointments available but I could get an appointment in two days. I was very nervous about going to the Showare Center because I have physical limitations that make walking and standing difficult and I imagined this was going to be a very painful and miserable experience. Boy was I wrong. This program was extremely well thought out and very organized. There was constant proactive communication from the staff to keep people moving through every step in the process. They knew exactly what I needed to know and answered all of the questions I would have asked, had they not answered them first. Its as if they were reading my mind. It was clear that the process was designed for effiency and everyone at every station was very well trained, competent, cool and collected. There was no wait to get in or delays getting through the process. I was very pleasantly surprised and this almost never happens.

- Verified patient on 3/4

We walked in and didn’t have an appt. they were also booked for walk-ins n had a waiting list. But Mari helped us out and she was awesome. My son had to have a physical by the next day in order for him to play football. Mari and her team was so courteous to everyone that walked in and didn’t have appt. the Doctor that saw my son was very good as well as her medical assistant. Awesome job Mari and team thank you for squeezing us in on ur busy schedule.

- Verified patient on 8/18

Wonderful staff! I have a medically fragile kiddo, and we are well seasoned travelers through the medical system. Wonderful experience from front desk staff, exceptional nurse, and efficient and kind physical. I appreciate all the precautions taken re:covid.

- Verified patient on 9/25

My son struggles with his physical disability and going to a dr is so stressful for him. Everyone made him feel welcome and gave great care.

- Verified patient on 3/22

It was honestly such a quick and easy experience. I went today for a sports physical and I’d definitely come back when it expires. Great care and respect!

- Verified patient on 1/30

I had a great experience! Everyone from check in to finishing my appointment was great. Kudos to Kealy for her Friendliness and efficiency in checking me in, Megan, the LPN who did my vitals and intake was also friendly and very professional. Brandi and Leesa were the two X-ray techs who shot my films. Both were great. Brandi was very careful in helping me to place my hand in the right position which made the experience almost pain free. Lastly K. Pearso, ARNP was awesome. She completed a very thorough history and physical, listened to all my concerns, and answered all my questions. She went out of her way to make me comfortable offering me water and providing me with an ice pack to help with my pain. Lastly she made sure I was correctly fitted with the appropriate hand brace. (I was evaluated for a possible left wrist fracture vs a sprain, luckily it was just a bad sprain. You have a wonderful, friendly, caring staff, keep up the good work!

- Verified patient on 6/19

I had a great experience! Everyone from check in to finishing my appointment was great. Kudos to Kealy for her Friendliness and efficiency in checking me in, Megan, the LPN who did my vitals and intake was also friendly and very professional. Brandi and Leesa were the two X-ray techs who shot my films. Both were great. Brandi was very careful in helping me to place my hand in the right position which made the experience almost pain free. Lastly K. Pearso, ARNP was awesome. She completed a very thorough history and physical, listened to all my concerns, and answered all my questions. She went out of her way to make me comfortable offering me water and providing me with an ice pack to help with my pain. Lastly she made sure I was correctly fitted with the appropriate hand brace. (I was evaluated for a possible left wrist fracture vs a sprain, luckily it was just a bad sprain. You have a wonderful, friendly, caring staff, keep up the good work!

- Verified patient on 6/19

The online process for making an appointment and providing necessary information was simple and fast. The on-site process for the test was fast and smooth. There was plenty of parking and we only had to wait a few minutes for our turn to get tested. People waiting to be tested all wore masks and maintained good physical distancing. The deep-nostril/sinus sampling process for this test was more painful, with lingering discomfort for some time, than the sampling methods used elsewhere in my previous two tests. Using the QR code I was provided for checking test results works nicely, though results are not yet in at this time (less than 36 hours post test).

- Verified patient on 12/7

I’ve been tested once before (SODO) shortly after the pandemic hit, and staff at that testing site also were excellent, but my experience today was exceptional; the woman who initially greeted me/took my information was kind and friendly, the woman who verified my information and gave me my vial was also kind and friendly, and the individual who physically tested me - his name is Michael - not only greeted me with kindness and consideration for the anxiety of being tested, he also thoroughly explained how my brain would react to the swab and gave me detailed instructions on how to remain calm so the fight or flight instinct wouldn’t be triggered. I followed his instructions and the swabbing was significantly less painful than my first experience. I actually left smiling! I have nothing but the deepest respect and gratitude for everyone working at both testing sites.

- Verified patient on 1/14

Tacoma Physical Exams

A annual physical exam (or annual well visit) is a routine check-up where a doctor or healthcare provider checks you for routine health issues and asks you basic questions about your health. During a physical exam, the doctor will most likely go over your medical history and ask you questions about the current state of your health. They'll also check vital signs like your heart rate, blood pressure, and temperature, as well as take a look at whether your skin appears healthy. You'll also get a head and neck exam, a lung exam (using a stethoscope), an abdominal exam, a neurological exam, and more. Women may get a breast and pelvic exam and men may get prostate, penis, testicular, and hernia exams.

Annual exams are important because they can help you find out about health issues early on so treatment can begin as soon as any problems are discovered. If you're overweight or you're at risk for diabetes, you'll most likely get a blood sugar test too. Everyone over the age of three should have a physical exam every year. At age 50, your doctor might start screening for colorectal cancer. At 40, women should begin getting regular mammogram screenings for breast cancer. Women ages 45 to 54 should get them yearly and women 55 and older should get them (at minimum) every two years.

More Details about Physical Exams

A physical examination is frequently done as part of a doctor's routine checkup. You can better prepare for your next medical appointment by learning more about what happens during a physical exam.

Physical examination

A physical examination is when your healthcare practitioner examines and studies your body to determine whether you have a physical health concern. Inspection, palpation, auscultation, and percussion are the four components of a physical examination, according to the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

Your doctor examines your body for concerns such as skin imperfections during the examination. According to the National Library of Medicine, palpation is the process of feeling your body with your fingers or hands, such as when a doctor feels for a tumor or mass.

Auscultation is a procedure in which your doctor listens to sounds, such as your heartbeat. Percussion entails making noises, such as tapping on various body parts. According to the National Library of Medicine, this is normally done to establish the size and consistency of your organs, as well as the presence or absence of fluids in specific locations.

The purpose of an annual physical exam

An annual physical exam, according to the National Library of Medicine, can help you detect and prevent health concerns you may not be aware of.

A yearly physical exam is used to check for diseases such as cancer and to see whether you are at risk for certain health issues such as diabetes. According to the National Library of Medicine, a yearly physical checkup allows you to stay up to date on vaccines and other preventative health treatments, as well as make good lifestyle choices that improve your overall health. Another advantage of getting an annual physical examination is that you can keep in constant contact with your doctor if you acquire an illness or chronic disease.

How to prepare for a physical examination

According to the National Library of Medicine, arriving prepared for your appointment can help you get the most out of your visit and avoid unnecessary follow-ups with your doctor.

First, go over your family's medical history and be ready to discuss any health conditions that run in your family, such as high blood pressure, cancer, or diabetes. According to the National Library of Medicine, your doctor may use this information to see if you're at risk for these same health issues.

The National Library of Medicine suggests that you check to see whether any general checkups or vaccines are needed. If you're not sure, call your doctor ahead of time so you can dress correctly or make extra arrangements if you need to go through specific tests.

Lastly, the NLM suggests writing down a list of issues and questions to mention during your appointment. For example, if you’ve been experiencing any new or different symptoms, write these down so your doctor can examine you for related health problems.

How a physical examination is performed

According to the National Library of Medicine, the manner in which your physical exam is conducted is mostly determined by your gender and age, due to changes in anatomy and health problems that affect different age groups.

Male examination

According to the National Library of Medicine, males between the ages of 18 and 39 have their height, weight, and body mass index (BMI) examined at every appointment. Males in this age bracket may be questioned about mental health issues such as depression, as well as their eating, exercise, and substance use habits. Blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease may all be checked.

According to the National Library of Medicine, men aged 40 to 64 receive the same services as men aged 18 to 39, as well as screenings for colorectal cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer, and osteoporosis. Men in their sixties and seventies may also be asked about their medications and whether they have recently fallen.

Female examination

At each checkup, females between the ages of 18 and 39 will have their height, weight, and BMI measured. According to the National Library of Medicine, females should have their blood pressure tested every one to two years, and cervical cancer screenings should begin at the age of 21. During their regular physical, females in this age bracket may also have diabetes and cholesterol screenings.

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

Lab tests

Based on the findings of your physical exam, your doctor may prescribe lab tests to confirm or rule out one or more diseases. The NLM says that lab tests may be used as part of examinations for disorders like colorectal cancer and cervical cancer.

Before your appointment, call your doctor to find out if you'll be having lab tests and what they'll entail so you can make the required preparations.

Following up after a physical examination

If one of your screens or lab tests comes back positive or inconclusive, you may be contacted following your physical examination. In such cases, your doctor will contact you to discuss treatment options or to prescribe more testing and screening. Your doctor can tell you more about what to expect after your physical exam in terms of follow-up.

Resources

A routine annual physical is one of many types of physical exams to help patients and providers identify potentially harmful conditions early and make sure you are staying healthy with preventative care. Here are a few related topics to explore, including other types of physical exams:

Rob Rohatsch
Medically reviewed by Dr. Rob Rohatsch, MD

Updated on Sep 25, 22

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