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

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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
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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, Tacoma

Prudent Medical

4.68(31 reviews)
1720 E 67th St, Tacoma, WA 984041720 E 67th St
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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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Sound Family Medicine, Bonney Lake

Sound Family Medicine

4.52(389 reviews)
10004 204th Ave E, Bonney Lake, WA 9839110004 204th Ave E
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The staff listened to me! It was nice to have a PA that listened while still asking the important questions

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One Medical

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1600 7th Ave, Seattle, WA 981011600 7th Ave
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ZoomCare, Belltown

ZoomCare

3.5(42 reviews)
2301 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 981212301 2nd Ave
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After Hours Clinic

After Hours Clinic

3.0(2 reviews)
550 16th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122550 16th Ave
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US Healthworks

US Healthworks

2.0(46 reviews)
140 4th Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109140 4th Ave N
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4.78(270 reviews)
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Concentra Urgent Care, First Avenue

Concentra Urgent Care

2.0(26 reviews)
3223 1st Ave S, Seattle, WA 981343223 1st Ave S
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ZoomCare, Queen Anne

ZoomCare

3.95(62 reviews)
1909 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 981091909 Queen Anne Ave N
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624 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103624 N 34th St
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4.03(31 reviews)
624 N 34th St, Seattle, WA 98103624 N 34th St
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South Admiral Urgent Care

South Admiral Urgent Care

3400 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 981163400 California Ave SW
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Franciscan Prompt Care, West Seattle

Franciscan Prompt Care

3.0(11 reviews)
4550 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 981264550 Fauntleroy Way SW
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ZoomCare, Wallingford

ZoomCare

4.0(65 reviews)
4555 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 981034555 Stone Way N
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Franciscan Urgent Care, West Seattle

Franciscan Urgent Care

4.0(24 reviews)
4755 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 981164755 Fauntleroy Way SW
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Virginia Mason University Village Medical Center

Virginia Mason University Village Medical Center

3.57(23 reviews)
2671 NE 46th St, Seattle, WA 981052671 NE 46th St
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Dr. Twiggy Lee is a great PCP! Very knowledgeable, friendly and funny! I love that U Village has parking too. I wish they expand but they are doing it slowly. 😊
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UW Neighborhood Ravenna Clinic, Ravenna Clinic

UW Neighborhood Ravenna Clinic

2.33(3 reviews)
4915 25th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 981054915 25th Ave NE
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Detect Lab, Ballard Clinic

Detect Lab

2.5(9 reviews)
1455 NW Leary Way, Seattle, WA 981071455 NW Leary Way
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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 Washington?

    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 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

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

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

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

(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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Incredibly safe, efficient, and friendly experience. I was absolutely blown away by how Fred Hutch/SCCA handled the logistics of vaccinating as many people as possible while keeping them physically distant. The long hallways, curtain separated vaccination rooms, personal timers/cubicles were genius. Every staff member I spoke with was kind and friendly. I cannot say how lucky I feel to have both been vaccinated and to have done it here. I will recommend Fred Hutch/SCCA to anyone eligible for a vaccine.

- Verified patient on 3/5

Everything about the physical experience was good. What really needs work is the web site. First it said there were no appointments available when I needed a test. It is a walk-up arrangement. The hours were in correct on the web site. Everything was in operation when I got there 15 minutes before it was scheduled to open. Thank goodness I questioned everything the web site was saying because of what I have witnessed by just driving by occasionally.

- Verified patient on 8/5

The test and the testers were perfectly fine. It’s the horrific 10 minute walk plus another four minutes into the parking lot to get to the testing site A lot of us do not have a car or we have a physical handicap so getting to the site in the first place Is near impossible. The site itself and where it’s located is set up to only certain people who have a car and are able-bodied.

- Verified patient on 10/24

I was very impressed with how the Swedish community handled the steady and long stream of individuals coming in for vaccinations. While the lines were long, they moved along efficiently, and staff was there smiling and encouraging all along. If anyone had physical or mobility issues, they quickly helped them forward. It was a top rate job, with qualified staff on hand to provide a calming experience in what could have been otherwise. GREAT work!

- Verified patient on 1/27

We are so grateful for this service. Everyone we interacted with was extremely friendly and professional. From the greeters directing traffic to the medical personnel that checked us in and physically tested us, we felt at ease in a situation that could have been very intimidating. I was so appreciative of the testers ability to articulate expectations and keep us calm/distracted during the swab. Thank you!

- Verified patient on 6/9

The staff was amazing! Wait time was super quick! But next time tell me my doctor is going to smoking hot so I could of got ready. Jk But I’ve been having very bad back and leg pain and he was great about getting me a referral for physical therapy and just in general getting me a plan to get better!

- Verified patient on 11/17

Washington 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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