Regular physical exams are a cornerstone of comprehensive health care, allowing providers to identify potential health issues before they become serious problems. At Hibari Family Medical in Edgewater, New Jersey, Chika Kuwama, MD, and the multilingual team perform head-to-toe physical exams for routine screenings, school physicals, and preparticipation sports exams. The practice takes a warm, welcoming approach to care that incorporates traditional Japanese hospitality into every visit. To learn more, call the clinic today or schedule an appointment online.
Physical exams are comprehensive health screenings that assess your physical, mental, and cognitive health. These exams are an essential part of preventive care that allows your provider to create a baseline for your health and fitness, set attainable goals, and intervene to ensure you remain healthy with age.
During a physical exam, your Hibari Family Medical provider evaluates your overall health by checking your vital signs, such as your blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature. They also perform a thorough physical examination of your body.
Physical exams are an important part of protecting your health. They help you maintain proper health as you age by identifying diseases, risk factors, and other health concerns early on. Detecting health problems early increases your chances of receiving treatment when they’re still treatable.
Benefits of physical exams include:
Routine physical exams save money over time by identifying diseases when the cost of treatment is usually lower. For example, prediabetes is typically manageable with diet and exercise. The disease is harder to treat without early intervention.
Once diabetes progresses, regular insulin injections, medication, and other costly treatments may be necessary to manage the condition.
Every physical exam starts with a vitals check and height and weight recording. Once you enter the exam room, your provider asks questions about your diet, lifestyle habits, medications, and any health concerns you have.
After reviewing and updating your medical history, the team performs the physical. Your provider looks inside your mouth, nose, eyes, and ears before listening to your heart and lungs. They also palpate (touch) your abdomen and test your reflexes.
Depending on the type of physical you need—annual, school, or sports—the team may conduct additional tests, order lab work, or request paperwork. Make sure to bring any necessary forms to your visit.
The frequency of physical exams depends on your age, medical history, and current health status. Most people benefit from yearly exams to assess their health, while others only need physicals once every few years. Some may need more frequent visits.
To schedule a physical exam with the team, call Hibari Family Medical or schedule an appointment online today.