Penslow Medical Center provides regular physical exams for both Women and Men. Sports physical exams are required for your child before participating in any organized sporting activities.
All adults should visit their health care provider from time to time, even if they are healthy.
The purpose of these visits is to:
- Screen for diseases
- Assess risk of future medical problems
- Encourage a healthy lifestyle
- Update vaccinations
- Maintain a relationship with a health care provider in case of an illness
Physical Exams for Women
There are a number of reasons why all women should have a regular physical exam. First, regular consultations allow your doctor to get to know you a little bit better. In this way, he or she will be better able to deal with your problems if and when they arise in the future. Second, a routine physical exam is important to make sure that everything is developing normally. If problems are found, it is always important to pick them up as early as possible. Third, it is important for women to have annual screening for problems such as cervical and breast cancer, and possibly sexually transmitted diseases. Finally, the routine physical allows you to discuss plans for good health and safe living. You can discuss healthy eating, relationship issues, birth control, prevention of infection, and other important topics.
Physical Exams for Men
Even if you feel fine, you should still see your health care provider for regular checkups. These visits can help you avoid problems in the future. For example, the only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked regularly. High blood sugar and high cholesterol levels also may not have any symptoms in the early stages. Simple blood tests can check for these conditions.
You already know that playing sports helps keep you fit. You also know that sports are a fun way to socialize and meet people. But you might not know why the physical you may have to take at the beginning of your sports season is so important.
What Is a Sports Physical?
In the sports medicine field, the sports physical exam is known as a preparticipation physical examination (PPE). The exam helps determine whether it’s safe for you to participate in a particular sport. Most states actually require that kids and teens have a sports physical before they can start a new sport or begin a new competitive season. But even if a PPE isn’t required, doctors still highly recommend getting one.
For recommendations for men and women by age group, see:
- Health screening – women – age 18 to 39
- Health screening – women – age 40 to 64
- Health screening – women – over 65
- Health screening – men – age 18 to 39
- Health screening – men – age 40 to 64
- Health screening – men – over 65
Call the Penslow Medical Center at (910) 329-7591 to schedule a physical exam today!