Whether you want to schedule a physical exam because you’re due for your annual checkup or you need it for work, school, or a sport, Kheyson MD’s team of knowledgeable medical professionals is available to you. They offer a variety of physical exams from the comfort and convenience of their Annadale, Staten Island, New York, office. To schedule a physical, call or book online.

Physical Exams Q & A

Who needs physical exams?

Physical exams, often simply called physicals, are routine checkups with your doctor. In many cases, people get physical exams because they’re required to do so by a third party. Some schools require physicals before students can attend class, for example, to ensure that they’re healthy and won’t bring anything infectious into the school. Similarly, sports teams often require physicals to ensure you’re ready to play the sport without putting undue stress on your body. 

Some companies also require a pre-employment physical. The Department of Transportation has a specific physical that checks for any health problems, for example. It’s their way of minimizing health issues while commercial drivers are behind the wheel. 

But even if no outside source is requiring you to get a physical exam, it’s still a good idea to get one annually. Your physical is an opportunity for Kheyson MD to screen you for a variety of health challenges. It’s an excellent way to be proactive about your health and to take advantage of the preventive care available to you. 

What should I expect during a physical exam?

Physicals vary slightly depending on why you need the physical. Some sports physicals, for example, require you to perform a brief period of exercise so your Kheyson MD practitioner can see how your body functions under athletic stress.

For the most part, though, physicals include the same key components:

  • A vitals check (e.g., blood pressure readings, heart rate)
  • A check of your heart and lungs using a stethoscope
  • An exam of the health of your skin, hair, spine, and more
  • A health history update

During your health history update, you talk with your Kheyson MD practitioner about your current lifestyle choices like how you eat, how much you consume alcohol, whether or not you smoke, and how frequently you exercise. If it’s your first time getting a physical at Kheyson MD, your physical is also an opportunity for them to learn about your personal and family health history. That way, they can screen you for any health conditions for which you’re at risk. 

What are the benefits of physical exams?

A physical is a powerful preventive care step. Regular physicals keep Kheyson MD informed about your current health. This way, they can catch any potential health risks early when they’re easiest to treat. Some of the health conditions for which Kheyson MD screens during a physical exam include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Mental health disorders
  • Certain types of cancer depending on your personal risk factors

What’s more, during your physical, your practitioner can answer any health questions you might have to help you lead your healthiest, most balanced life. 

Schedule your physical exam by calling Kheyson MD or book online.