What does a physical Examination entail?

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A physical exam is a test that your care provider uses to evaluate your overall health.

The examination is also known as a wellness check.

It is not necessary to be ill in order to request an evaluation.

It can be useful to ask your care provider questions about your health or to address any changes or issues you've seen during your physical exam.

You may be submitted to a range of tests during your physical checkup.

Additional tests may be requested by your care provider based on your age, medical history, or family history.

What happens during a physical exam?


Your care provider will ask you a series of questions about your medical history, including any allergies, past operations, or symptoms you may have.

They might also ask about your personal habits, such as whether you exercise, smoke, or drink.

Your care provider will usually start the exam by examining around your body for any unusual indications or growths.


They might then ask you to lie down and feel your abdomen and other parts of your body.

While doing so, your care provider will look at the consistency, location, size, discomfort, and texture of your various organs.