Physical exams are a part of preventive care. It is recommended that everyone receive a physical examination once a year from either a nurse practitioner or physician to help determine health status and to catch health issues before they become more difficult to treat. Do not wait until your condition reaches a stage in which it cannot be reversed. Further, if you have a family medical history that makes you predisposed to certain illnesses and diseases, we will want to monitor your health in these specific areas.
Annual exams are conducted whether a patient feels symptomatic or not. Annual exams typically include the following tests in addition to visual exams and are highly recommended by Elle NP Family Health and Wellness Center:
- Blood pressure
- Blood glucose level
- Body mass index
We look for these factors to make sure your body is functioning within normal rangers. If any abnormalities are discovered, they can be addressed and minimized.
In addition to common screening and laboratory testing, physical exams are also an opportunity to ask questions and evaluate the effectiveness of medications.
A sports physical, or pre-participation physical examination (PPE), helps medical professionals determine a child or adult’s physical ability to participate in sports. This is an assessment that considers risk of injury, complications, or even death. It is highly recommended that this examination take place prior to participating in a sport or other strenuous physical activities (i.e. CrossFit or triathlon training). They are typically required for children who participate in school sports.
Sports physicals are not a replacement for a standard annual exam because they assess for different factors. Sports physicals place emphasis on medical history of the individual and their immediate family members to assess for potential risk.
Department of Transportation (DOT) Physicals
The population density of New York and the surrounding area makes public transportation essential. In fact, the subway system in New York City makes up 1 in 3 public transit trips in the United States, meaning it is the country’s largest fleet.[i] If you are looking to join the ranks of over 74,000 employees serving over 666 million passengers per year, then you will need a physical that meets the criteria of the Department of Transportation.