MountainStar Health - April 08, 2019

What is a physical examination?

A physical examination is a routine test your primary care provider (PCP) performs to check your overall health. A PCP may be a doctor, a physician assistant or nurse practitioner. The exam is also sometimes known as a wellness check. Insurances typically do not require a co‐pay for wellness exams, so please do not let that be a barrier to preventive screening.

Did you know that your insurance generally will pay for all preventative visits? Those include vaccines, checkups, sports physicals, kindergarten checkups, and general health needs. Summer is on its way and it’s the perfect time to get the kids in while school is out before the vacations.

Why get a physical?

The physical exam can be a good time to ask your PCP questions about your child’s health or discuss any changes or problems that you have noticed, such as growth or development concerns. The exam should include physical, environmental, and social factors that may impact current or health down the line.

  • Development Concerns
    • Growth (“…is my child’s weight normal?”)
    • Age milestones (“…when should my child speak in sentences?”)
    • Healthy eating patterns (“… how much milk?)
    • Adequate sleep (“How much is enough for my teen?”)
    • exercise/activity levels (“Is my child getting enough physical stimulation?”)
  • Physical exams are also a good time to ensure your child is up-to-date on their vaccinations/immunization schedules. Most schools ask that children don’t attend school without vaccines.
  • If your child is going to participate in sports, we will want to make sure that they are healthy enough for specific activities. Subtle and sometimes serious problems are discovered through routine pre-participation exams (more often than we’d like, but we like to find problems early).
  • There are different tests that may be performed during your child’s, depending on age and circumstances during physical examination. Depending on your medical or family history, your PCP may recommend additional testing.

What happens during a physical/Well visit?

As part of your child’s visit we will perform a comprehensive physical examination, including checking basic vital signs (height, weight, blood pressure, etc.). Screening eyes, listening to heart and lung sounds, and scoliosis screening are common, and early detection and intervention can be important.

Our Practice provides extended clinic hours, same-day appointments, and even accepts walk-ins. We also offer a patient portal that allows you to message our healthcare providers directly from the comfort of your screen.

Schedule your appointment today with MountainStar Ogden Pediatrics!