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Physical Exams

Beacon Family Health Care

Board Certified Family Physicians located in Austin, TX

Scheduling physical exams for you or your family is an important part of preventive care. At Beacon Family Health Care, Erica Swegler, MD and her nurse practioners provide physical exams to men, women, and patients of all ages in the Austin, Texas, area. Whether you need an annual checkup, Department of Transportation (DOT) exams, or sports or employment physical, Beacon Family Health Care has you covered. To schedule a physical exam, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Physical Exams Q & A

What is a physical exam?

A physical exam is an assessment of a patient’s health and it’s normally recommended that you get one every year. Depending on a patient's health, physical exams could be scheduled less frequently.

Physical exams are available to patients of all ages, from newborns to the elderly. The goal is to get an accurate account of your medical history, including your family’s medical history and your vaccinations. Your clinician also looks for any new illnesses and provides treatments for any existing conditions.

Employment physicals are also offered, as are sports physicals and DOT exams required by the US Department of Transportation for prospective long-haul drivers who must prove their ability to drive safely.

What does a physical exam include?

A physical exam will take an overall assessment of you or your child’s state of health. The goal is to detect any abnormalities in normal body functions. The exam can include:

  • Assessment of personal and family medical history
  • Vaccination status, which may include shots if needed
  • Heart rate and blood pressure
  • Overall appearance, to check for skin normality
  • Neurological exam to test reflexes and mental health
  • Heart exam
  • Lung exam
  • Head, neck, ears, nose and throat exam
  • Abdominal exam
  • Urinalysis or blood testing
  • Weight assessment

If you’re male, additional exams can include penis, testicular, prostate and hernia exams. For women, a physical exam can include a breast and pelvic exam.

Your doctor will discuss any other issues you or your child are having and whether medication can be prescribed immediately or if further treatment is needed. If any issues are found during the exam, your doctor will encourage a follow-up appointment and further discussion of illness care.

What is the benefit of a physical exam?

Physical exams are preventive and are about enabling patients of all ages to have an overall healthy state of being.

After an exam, your doctor will often encourage you to make changes in the way you live. If you have high blood pressure, obesity, or other unhealthy conditions, they can often be treated by eliminating bad health habits like smoking, drinking too much alcohol, eating unhealthy foods, and not getting enough exercise.

For children, annual exams are necessary to assure mental and physical development are progressing age appropriately to ensure vaccines are up-to-date and be on top of any arising chronic illnesses. As patients get older, it’s important to screen regularly for cancers where the risk of developing them grows greater with age.

Women, particularly, should get regularly scheduled mammograms for early breast cancer detection.

Although your doctor could prescribe medication after a physical exam, the team at Beacon Family Health Care also always focuses on encouraging healthy behavior to prevent illnesses.

To schedule a physical exam, call Beacon Family Health Care or use the online booking tool today.