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Dr. Masoud Sadighpour
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Do you have a checklist for a complete physical exam?

Do you have a checklist for a complete physical exam?

Should: It make sense to have a check list and every pcp should have it. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
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Physical Exam (Definition)

Physical exam is the actual examination of the patient's body by the physician. For example, if you sprain your ankle and go to your doctor, he will physically touch your ankle to see where it is painful. This act of touching the patient's body ...Read more


Dr. Shahid Rafique
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Dr. Naveen Kella
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Is it ok for me to ask for prostate check during company annual physical exam?

Is it ok for me to ask for prostate check during company annual physical exam?

Yes: As long as the doctor has experience doing the exam, it is okay. If they look uncomfortable, it is not worth it. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Lewis
Board Certified, Urology
38 years in practice
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Hi I am a 61 yr old male my question do Drs still do urine test and prostate test with a annual physical exam? My New Dr doesn't do this

Hi I am a 61 yr old male my question do Drs still do urine test and prostate test with a annual physical exam? My New Dr doesn't do this

Good question!: Currently, there is debate and lack of consensus on, not only the value of the routine annual exam but also, what it should consist of and what tests should be included, which is why there is great variation among MDs. Routine annual urinalysis in a healthy adult has not been proven to be cost-effective. The AUA recommends annual prostate cancer screening with a DRE and PSA test for men ages 55-69 ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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When getting a yearly physical exam is it better to have a male dr perform the exam & female dr for a female? What exam is needed when your 45 male?

When getting a yearly physical exam is it better to have a male dr perform the exam & female dr for a female? What exam is needed when your 45 male?

Doesn't matter: The gender of the physician and patient do not have to be matched to have a quality annual exam. If pub feel more comfortable with one over another, that's ok, and you can choose your doctor accordingly. Best to keep the same doctor over the years and develop a good relationship. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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Will diabetes be found on a yearly physical exam?

Exam with labs.: If the yearly examination includes blood work- a fasting glucose level may be noted. If there is signficant physical pathology noted during the examination - the doctor can explore this further. ...Read more

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Dr. Shariq Refai
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In what situation do doctors perform prostate milking on a male patient? In a yearly physical exam, when health issues are diagnosed, or other reasons

No: There is no situation in which a doctor will milk the prostrate. However, the doctor may check the prostate if there is a risk of prostate cancer or enlargement. As you age your risk increases. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Board Certified, Preventive Medicine
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As a pretty healthy and active 35 year old male, how often should I have a comprehensive physical exam?

As a pretty healthy and active 35 year old male, how often should I have a comprehensive physical exam?

No definite answer: You ask a great question. There actually is no research to guide us on this question - only opinions. Mine is that every year or so makes sense, mostly to stay up-to-date on new developments in cancer screening, healthy lifestyle behaviors, and recommended vaccinations. All of these are updated on a continual basis. A good resource is an iphone app called my health checklist (2012 version coming). ...Read more

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Board Certified, Family Medicine
37 years in practice
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Is there a difference between a physical exam and wellness check?

NO: These are one and the same. It is reserved for the yearly visit to check wellness or lack of it and not for your laundry list of things. You shold have individual appointments for illness and medical problems. The yearly wellness or physical is to promote wellness and good health and preventative issues. It is worth the while and proper and necessary. Keep the vist to wellness issues. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Board Certified, Radiation Oncology
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How often must I have a physical exam if a woman in my 40s?

How often must I have a physical exam if a woman in my 40s?

An annual Pap and: Referral for mammogram is in order if you have no "pre-existing" issues or meds. Your doctor shouls assess any changes in weight, blood pressure, check urine for blood and protein, he should teach prevention (diet, quit smoking, assesss etoh intake) examine top to bottom. ...Read more

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