Physical Exams

Flatbush Family Practice

Alford Smith, MD

Family Medicine Practice located in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, NY

Your annual physical exam is the cornerstone of your preventive health care. In addition to yearly check-ups, Alford Smith, MD, and the team at Flatbush Family Practice, in the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, offer various specialty physicals, including those required for work, school, sports, and surgery clearance. If you or a family member needs a physical exam, call Flatbush Family Practice or make an appointment online today.

Physical Exams Q & A

Why do I need a physical exam?

An annual physical exam is an essential part of effective preventive health care. Many health problems develop so gradually that you might not notice a change in your health. Additionally, most diseases don’t cause symptoms in their early stages. 

Having a routine physical exam allows your physician to compare your current health and wellness against previous years’ records, which can help them identify any changes in your health, such as increased blood pressure, cholesterol levels, or weight.

In addition to preventive health, many schools, sports teams, and employers require physical exams. These exams are designed to ensure that you or your child are healthy and fit enough to participate without risk. You might also need a physical after you’re recovered from an injury and need to be cleared to return to work.

The team at Flatbush Family Practice also offers pre-operative clearance physical exams to ensure that you’re healthy enough to have surgery.

How should I prepare for a physical exam?

You shouldn’t have to do too much to prepare for a physical. Make sure to take your ID and insurance information. If you take medication or vitamins every day, make a list of everything you take to share with your provider. 

You should also bring any paperwork you need your physician to complete for work, school, or sports teams. 

What happens during a physical exam?

Most physical exams follow the same pattern. After you check-in with the front office, a member of the clinical team escorts you to the treatment area, and they measure your weight, height, blood pressure, and blood oxygenation. 

Then you go into a treatment room and meet with your provider. They review your medical history and ask about any changes you’ve noticed in your health. Your provider listens to your heart and lungs and looks into your eyes, ears, and throat. 

Your provider feels your abdomen for signs of swelling. They also perform standard neurological testing to evaluate your balance, grip, and sensitivity to touch. 

When the exam is complete, you and your provider talk about any necessary treatments or lifestyle adjustments you need to enhance your health. Your doctor can also complete any required paperwork at this time.

If you or a family member is due for a physical exam, call Flatbush Family Practice or schedule your appointment online today.