Sunset Urgent Care Medical Center
Isidore Kwaw, MD
Internal Medicine - Primary Care and Urgent Care Center located in Pacific Palisades, CA
A physical exam allows doctors to assess your overall health and can provide early detection of illness and diseases that you may not even know you have. Babies, children, teens, and adults all benefit from annual physicals. If it’s been a few years since you and/or your family has been checked out, be sure to contact Isidore Kwaw, MD, at Sunset Urgent Care Medical Center in Palisades, California, by phone or online to set up an appointment.
Physical Exams Q&A
What is a physical exam?
A physical is an examination performed by your provider that assesses your overall health by checking your weight, height, blood pressure, and more. People of all ages undergo physicals for school, work, and even sports.
Having regular physicals can help with the early detection of health concerns and problems.
When would I need a physical exam?
Even though many people have physicals annually as part of their care routine, that isn’t the only reason you may need a physical. Often, before students enroll in sports, the student may be required to complete a sports physical. Some jobs may stipulate you have one before you start working to make sure you’re healthy enough for the job. Babies, toddlers, and young children often have them annually to monitor their growth.
Your doctor may also have you undergo a physical before you have surgery. A pre-surgery physical can help make sure you’re healthy enough for surgery and aren't at risk for major complications.
Physicals are an excellent way for the team to assess your overall health and keep an eye on any health concerns.
How should I prepare for a physical exam?
Preparing for a physical can sometimes be stressful, no matter your age or reason you’re having one. Though there is nothing specific you need to do to prepare for your appointment, it’s a good idea to be ready for any questions the doctor may ask.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for your physical:
Make a list of all medications you’re taking and their dosages. You may also want to note if it’s prescribed and who prescribed it. If you’re bringing your child in for a sports physical or school physical, make sure Dr. Kwaw has an up-to-date list of their medications.
Whether you’re visiting for you or your child, write down a list of questions and concerns to discuss with Dr. Kwaw. A physical is a good time to talk to your provider about any issues you’re experiencing or concerns you have. Preparing by writing questions down beforehand will help ensure you don’t forget to mention anything.
If you’re nervous about remembering what you and your doctor talk about during your exam, be sure to bring something to write with or a phone you can type notes on.
Prepare a family history
If you’re visiting your provider for the first time, be sure to write down your family history and any allergies you or your child has. Again, this can help ensure you don’t forget to mention any vital information.
To learn more about physicals, or to schedule yours, call Sunset Urgent Care Medical Center, or schedule an appointment online today.