Annual Physical Exams in Palmdale & Encino
What is a physical examination?
It is recommended that all patients have a physical examination at least once a year and more often for infants and children, as needed. Dr. Katayoun Motlagh is an experienced family physician in Palmdale and Encino who performs annual physical exams for adults and children, special clearances for school, sports, and work, and has special certification to perform exams for required DMV physicals for the DOT. Schedule a physical exam near you today.
Why is an annual physical examination performed?
Regular physical exams are a core element of preventive healthcare and a way to help patients maintain good health. Annual medical check ups can also help to identify a more serious medical condition before it begins to cause problems.
Annual physical examinations are recommended in order to:
- Update your medical record
- Detect subtle changes that could indicate a disease
- Monitor chronic conditions
- Receive immunizations
During a physical exam, patients are given the opportunity to ask Dr. Motlagh about any unusual symptoms they might be experiencing. A benefit of regular physical check ups with the same family medicine physician is that patients receive continuity of care and treatment while building a relationship with their doctor. As a result, this enables you to feel comfortable with one physical exam doctor and gives you confidence in the individualized care you’re receiving.
What does a physical examination involve?
Physical exams vary slightly depending on the type of physical, the age of the patient, and his or her unique needs.
Adult Physical Examination Checklist
Before an annual physical exam, adult patients will be asked to:
- Provide or update your medical history
- Provide or update information about your health and health-related details
- Emergency room visits
- Specialist visits
- Current information on chronic conditions
- Current medications you are taking
- Health issues of family members
- Family history or potential risk factors you may have for specific diseases
During your annual physical exam, Dr. Motlagh will:
- Measure and record your weight
- Measure and record your blood pressure
- Listen to your heart and lungs
- Assess your ears, nose and throat and test hearing if hearing loss is suspected
- Gently palpate your belly to see if there are signs of tenderness
- Check vision and ask about glasses and/or contact lenses
- Look at joint flexibility, mobility, spinal alignment, and posture
- Check neurological function such as reflexes, coordination, and strength
- Evaluate and discuss any chronic conditions you have and medications you take
In some cases, your physical exam may include:
- Lab work – based on your age and other factors including cholesterol, hemoglobin count, urinalysis
- Additional diagnostic tests – such as x-rays, electrocardiogram (EKG)
- A recommendation for screening procedures such as a colonoscopy or mammogram
- A referral to a specialist for certain conditions or symptoms
If you are a female, your annual medical check up may involve a pelvic exam and/or Pap smear as well. Dr. Motlagh is an experienced family medicine physician who also offers a wide range of Women’s Health services.
Children’s Physical Exam Checklist
As a family medicine physician, Dr. Motlagh sees patients of all ages, starting from the time that they are infants. During the first few years of life, Dr. Motlagh typically recommends a more frequent assessment of your child, with check ups more than once a year. Once a child is slightly older, the frequency of physical exams will taper off to annual visits, unless he or she has a health issue that warrants more frequent assessment.
An infant or childhood physical exam typically includes:
- A thorough general physical examination with many of the same elements that are involved in an adult physical
- Giving all necessary vaccinations, plus boosters for children and teens, including:
- Measles, mumps, rubella (“German” measles), varicella (chickenpox)
- Hepatitis A and B, influenza, rotavirus (RV), pneumonia, polio
- DPT (also called TDaP): diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus
- HPV (human papilloma virus), meningococcal A and B for teens
- Making sure your child is developing properly in growth, behavior, and skills
- Providing information about children’s safety, fitness, and nutrition
What other types of physical exams does Dr. Motlagh perform?
In addition to annual adult physicals and pediatric physicals, Dr. Motlagh also offers the following types of physical exams:
Sports Physical Exams
A sports physical is a thorough exam that has elements of both the child and adult physical exams. More specifically, it involves evaluating a patient’s health as it relates to a particular sport and athletic activity in general.
During a sports physical exam, Dr. Motlagh:
- Looks for conditions, injuries, or underlying diseases that might impact or interfere with safe participation in a sport
- Asks about habits like drug and alcohol use, eating disorders, smoking, etc.
- Ensures that additional tests are performed, as needed
- Completes any necessary forms
Job Physicals, Employment Physicals & Other Required Physical Examinations
Many jobs require a physical examination before employment. In addition, academic institutions often require their students to undergo a physical exam before they start. Dr. Motlagh is experienced with performing all types of physicals and completing the necessary forms for schools and jobs, including:
- Pre-employment physicals
- College and university health service physicals
- DMV physicals for the Department of Transportation
- Pre-operative physical exams
- Routine physicals for persons with chronic medical conditions
If you are interested in learning more about annual physical examinations with Dr. Katayoun Motlagh, family medicine doctor in Palmdale and Encino, or to set up a physical for yourself or your child, please contact our office today. You can also schedule an appointment with our physical exam doctors by filling out the appointment request form right on this page.