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Annual Physical Exam

Although specifics of a physical will vary based on the reason for the physical, as well as the patient’s gender and age, most routine physicals typically check the functioning of the lungs, heart, head, neck, extremities, and skin. Other areas may also be included depending on the patient’s medical history.

What does a General or Work Physical Exam Typically Include?

An updated health history from the patient to determine any recent medical problems or new medications and/or supplements.
A check of vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate.

A visual review of the patient’s appearance.
The physical exam, which includes listening to the heart and lungs, along with a visual check of the hair, nails, limbs, abdomen, neck, and head.
Bloodwork for lab tests may or may not be required, and would be additional, i.e.; blood count, blood chemistry, lipid panel, etc.

Diagnostic testing might or might not be required and would be additional i.e.; EKG, Chest X-Ray, etc.
Specific screenings based on age, gender or activity or employment.

Additional Requirements for Men May Include:

  • Cholesterol Test: Every five years for those over 35; or as young as 20 if there’s a family history of heart disease or diabetes.
  • Testicular Exam: A check of each testicle for lumps, tenderness, or changes in size.
  • Prostate Cancer Screening: Either a prostate specific antigen (PSA) or digital rectal exam.

Additional Requirements for Women May Include:

  • Cholesterol Test: Regular checks starting at age 45; or as early as 20 if there’s a genetic history of heart disease or diabetes.
  • Pelvic Exam: A check of the vagina, vulva, and cervix for signs of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Breast Exam: A check for lumps or other signs of breast cancer.
  • Mammogram: This is not included but may be prescribed post-physical. Recommended every two years for those ages 50 to 74.
  • Osteoporosis Screening: This is not included but may be prescribed post-physical. Bone density scans starting at age 65.

Department of Transportation (DOT) Physicals

What Is Included in DOT Physicals for CDL Drivers?

DOT physicals for CDL drivers are mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The purpose of the medical exam for commercial drivers license holders is to ensure that they are physically and mentally healthy enough to operate a commercial vehicle. Select MD Now providers are certified to perform DOT physicals.

A medical exam for commercial drivers license holders includes a detailed medical history, a review of the individual’s current physical and mental health, a physical examination, vision and hearing checks, and tests for drug and alcohol use. Most DOT certifications are valid for two years; however, the provider may issue a certificate for a shorter time frame if you have certain medical conditions that require monitoring.

School and Sport Physicals

What is a School and Sport Physical?

School and sport physicals are conducted to determine whether a child is healthy and physically prepared to participate in sports and/or other school activities. These regular exams can also be a good time for physicians to discuss important health issues with children and their parents or guardians. In addition, MD Now also offers age appropriate immunizations as well as prescriptions, and treatments for common childhood health conditions.

Why are Sports Physicals Required?

Sport physicals help determine whether a child is healthy enough to participate in a particular sport or activity. These physicals are particularly important for any child with an existing health issue, such as asthma or a previous physical injury that could be aggravated or made worse by participating in a sport or activity.

While these conditions may not preclude participation, they could indicate a need for additional testing, medication, or other adjustments to avoid worsening the health problem. In some cases, your MD Now provider may be able to provide training tips to prevent sports injuries.

What is required for a School Physical?

Many states now require annual physical exams before students can participate in any sport or physical activity offered by schools, camps, and other community youth organizations. The exact requirements will depend on the specific requirements of the state school system or the sport or activity. In general, however, sports and school physicals include these three steps:

  • A review of the patient’s medical background
  • A physical examination
  • The completion of necessary School Physical or Vaccination forms and Sports Physical forms
  • School Physicals might require age appropriate vaccinations or documentation.
  • Sports Physicals might require EKG testing if suggested by the provider


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