A complete physical examination, in which a health care provider investigates the body of a patient for signs of disease, generally includes evaluation of patient appearance and specific organ systems.
The vital signs including temperature, pulse, respiration rate and blood pressure are measured along with biometrics such as height and weight.
A series of questions to determine the patient's medical history as well as information on allergies, current medications, family history and any current symptoms are posed to the patient.
An examination of the patient from head to toe then follows.
Physicals, also know as wellness exams, are not used as a time to treat a diagnosed chronic condition although the provider might choose to combine the two services for the convenience of the patient.
Recommendations on lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, and smoking cessation, are usually offered.
In order to prepare for your upcoming physical, please review this document, and if you are coming for the first time, please be sure to complete our online patient registration form.
PREPARATION FOR A COMPREHENSIVE
This is a reminder to complete your FASTING
before your upcoming
appointment. You may also be asked to give a urine sample as part of your doctors’ lab orders.
Having these tests done before your appointment allows your physician to discuss the results with you at the time of
PREVENTATIVE PHYSICAL EXAM
PREPARING FOR YOUR BLOODWORK:
You should be fasting for at least 8-10 hours. Fasting means, nothing to eat or drink during that time, except for water, black coffee, or tea. No cream or sugar.
Take your medications as usual the day of your bloodwork.
Your lab order will be sent to Quest Diagnostics Lab unless we are instructed otherwise. If you prefer to have your blood drawn at another facility, you MUST inform our office (if you have not previously done so) as soon as possible so we can send the order.
Please be mindful of any lab you choose as each location may have specific days/hours and rules.
At this time, Quest Diagnostics Lab located in our building at 11 Old Park Lane Road is by APPOINTMENT ONLY
Note: Appointments at this location book up quickly, so please schedule your appointment when you receive this letter.
To schedule your appointment with Quest Diagnostics Lab, call 888/277-8772 or visit their website at www.questdiagnostics.com/appointment .
Please do not wear any lotions or skin creams on the day of your COMPREHENSIVE PHYSICAL EXAM, as an EKG may be performed.