For some people, having an annual physical examination is a source of
reassurance that they're as healthy as they feel. Others see it as an alarm
system, to catch health problems before they become serious. No one likes
having it done, but knowing what to expect can often make things easier.
Physical exams can be done for a variety of reasons. Most people have them
done on a regular basis to make sure that everything is all right.
Sometimes an insurance company can require a physical exam, and many employers
require their employees to have physicals. Join Janet as she has a
pre-employment physical exam.
Going to the doctor can be an unpleasant experience, but
knowing what to expect can help.
The value of the routine annual exam has been debated recently, but it remains a
cherished tradition among many doctors and patients. What can you expect from
your annual physical exam? It depends on what the reasons for the exam
are. Some exams are more thorough than others, but these pages will guide
you on the basics. There are many variables depending on your age, gender,
and the reason for the exam.
The physical exam is an essential part of any doctor's visit. Surprisingly,
though, there are no absolutes in a routine physical. A good doctor may be
thorough or brief, according to your individual circumstances, any new medical
concerns you may have, and his or her personal style. A good doctor will spend
time listening to your concerns and providing counseling for your particular
The best part is leaving with a clean bill of health!