Physical Exam Specialist

Ahmed Family Practice

Kashif Ahmed, MD

Board Certified Family Medicine located in Forest Park, GA

Everyone needs a physical exam at some time in their lives. Whether it’s for sports, school, or work, a physical assesses your overall well-being and risk for developing a variety of common health conditions. If you need a physical exam or it’s time for your annual wellness exam, turn to the caring providers at Ahmed Family Practice in Forest Park, Georgia. Call the clinic today or request an appointment online to get started.

Physical Exam Q&A

What is a physical exam?

A physical exam is a complete evaluation of your health, including how you currently feel and your medical history. During a physical, your doctor checks your weight, vital signs, and screens for a variety of symptoms that could impact your health now or in the future. 

Many common health conditions, like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, don’t have noticeable symptoms, and the only way to identify them is through routine testing. Your physical exam at Ahmed Family Practice includes a series of screenings for these common issues.

People of all ages, from children to seniors, can benefit from a physical. Sometimes, you need to get a physical for work, insurance purposes, school, or sports participation.

Your physical is also a good time for you to ask your doctor about any concerns you have regarding your health. Take the time to understand your health and ask questions about what you can do to live a healthier life.

What does a physical exam include?

Your physical begins with a thorough review of your medical history. Your doctor also evaluates your family health history to identify any additional risks you might face. All physicals include an evaluation of your vital signs, including heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. 

Certain health risks increase as you get older. Depending on your medical history, existing conditions, and age, your doctor may recommend screenings for:

  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Certain cancers
  • Kidney problems
  • Liver problems

Some testing can vary depending on your gender. A woman’s physical exam may include a Pap smear and breast exam, while a man’s exam may include a prostate exam. 

If you need a blood test, Ahmed Family Practice offers in-house phlebotomy services. Some patients may benefit from electrocardiogram testing for heart health.

Why do I need a physical?

An annual physical is recommended for adults who are in generally good health. Getting a routine physical gives Ahmed Family Practice the opportunity to perform preventive screenings and monitor chronic conditions to ensure your optimal health.

Children often need physical exams when starting a new school or when they play sports. School physicals evaluate your child’s health, growth, and development. Sports physicals assess your child’s health to ensure they’re strong enough to participate without getting injured.

Adults may need to get a complete physical for their job, particularly if it requires high levels of activity or driving commercial vehicles. These physicals screen for any conditions that could impact your performance at work. Some company insurance policies require participants to get regular insurance physicals as well. 

For school, sports, and work physicals, visit Ahmed Family Practice. Book an appointment online or over the phone today.