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Physical Exams

Beachcare Urgent & Family Medical Center

Family Medicine Clinic & Urgent Care located in Morehead City, NC

When you feel healthy, a physical exam might not seem like a priority. Still, it’s critical to check in on your health every year and have health screenings for diseases that don’t cause symptoms in their early stages. Beachcare Urgent & Family Medical Center in Morehead City, North Carolina, provides a wide variety of physical exams ranging from annual wellness physicals to sports, school, and pre-employment physicals. If you’re due for a yearly exam, call Beachcare Urgent & Family Medical Center, make an appointment online today, or come into the practice.

Physical Exams Q&A

Why do I need a physical exam?

Your physical exam is an opportunity to check in on your health and talk to a trusted medical provider about your health concerns. Your provider runs tests to check for signs of changes in your health and compare them to your health records to see if there is a change from your last visit. 

Many health conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes don’t cause symptoms in their early stages. Having a physical exam and preventive health screenings is the best way to catch these conditions early and get treatment before your health is affected. When these conditions are caught early, you can restore your health with lifestyle modifications and avoid having to take medication or have other invasive treatments.

Additionally, many schools, sports teams, and employers require physical exams before you or your child enroll to ensure you’re healthy and able to fulfill your responsibilities safely. Your provider can also ensure that you or your child has all of the required immunizations to enroll at school or join a sports team. The team at Beachcare Urgent & Family Medical Center can monitor your health and make sure you’re fit for work, school, and play.

What should I expect during a physical exam?

Depending on your specific needs, your physical exam can take 30-45 minutes. After you check with the friendly office staff, a member of the clinical team calls you back to a treatment room. They review your medical history and check your height, weight, and blood pressure. Then, they look into your eyes, ears, and throat, and feel your neck and underarms for swelling. 

Your provider listens to your heart and lungs, and feels your abdomen for signs of abnormalities. They check your reflexes and your pulse in your ankles. If needed, your provider can perform other health screenings such as Pap smears and breast exams. If you need any vaccines, your provider can give you the necessary shots. 

During your physical exam, you also have an opportunity to ask your provider about any health concerns. For example, if you’re having trouble sleeping, have gained weight, or have a strange-looking mole, make sure to mention it.

How often should I have a physical exam?

You should have a physical exam at least once a year, even if you feel healthy. The practice offers:

  • Annual wellness physicals
  • Well-woman physicals
  • School physicals
  • College physicals
  • Pre-participation sports physicals
  • Pre-employment physicals

Of course, you can always come into Beachcare Urgent & Family Medical Center if you’re feeling sick or have an unexpected injury.

Call Beachcare Urgent & Family Medical Center, make an appointment online, or come into the practice today for your physical exam.