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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


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What can I expect during a complete male physical exam?

What can I expect during a complete male physical exam?

Male physical exam: Examination of height/weight. Vision ear nose and throat exam, blood presure, heart and lung exam. Skin changes, abdomen, breast exam, prostate and testicle exam. Reflexes and structural exam. ...Read more

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Can a physical exam by doctor rule out spinal cord injury?

Can a physical exam by doctor rule out spinal cord injury?

Neuro exam: A detailed neurological examination usually can determine that a spinal lesion is unlikely, but cannot rule out 100%. ...Read more

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Can a dermatologist provide comprehensive or accurate testing of STD's, including a physical examination and blood tests?

Can a dermatologist provide comprehensive or accurate testing of STD's, including a physical examination and blood tests?

Usually not: Dermatologists don't typically screen for or treat STDs I would go to your regular provider, a city clic, or your local planned parenthood if you don't have a regular MD ...Read more

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How do a comprehensive eye exam and a routine eye exam differ?

How do a comprehensive eye exam and a routine eye exam differ?

Less detailed: In many practices a routine eye exam will be a brief exam that does not include a detailed exam of all of the parts of the eye. In addition there is typically no discussion of any medical issues associated with the eye. ...Read more

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Can a complete tear of atfl be healed by physical therapy explain?

Can a complete tear of atfl be healed by  physical therapy explain?

ATFL Tear: The atfl is a ligament that helps to stabilize the ankle. While it is possible for ligaments to heal over time, the better question is will the atfl do its job after it heals. Only close follow up with your foot and ankle physician can determine if ankle stability returns. If not, surgical correction might be required. ...Read more

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How does a physical exam differ for men and women? How does a woman's routine physical exam differ from a man's routine physical exam? .

It does not : A physical exam is a complete examination of all body parts. Other than the fact that there are some gender related differences in our body parts between men and women, the process of examination is not much different between men vs women. ...Read more

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Do family doctors include a pelvic exam/pap during physicals?

Do family doctors include a pelvic exam/pap during physicals?

Many do, some dont: Board certified family docs are trained to do pap smears and pelvic exams during their residency training. Some choose to offer that service once they get into private practice, some choose not to. The same applies to many procedures including obstetrics, office surgery etc. ...Read more

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What is an annual medical exam involve?

What is an annual medical exam involve?

Annual exam: It is a yearly review of you! This is an opportunity for you & your MD to make sure that you are healthy & that you stay healthy. Info like family history is reviewed. Blood pressure & weight are also checked. Certain bloodwork can be ordered (depending on your age & any history). Preventative measures are also discussed (pap smears, STD checks, mammograms, vaccines, weight maintenance, etc). ...Read more

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Would a gyno exam include an armpit exam?

Would a gyno exam include an armpit exam?

Yes: A complete gynecological exam includes breast exam, axilla, supraclavicular and neck lymph nodes. Pelvic exam to include inguinal area examination as well. ...Read more

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Will a regular physical consist of a pelvic exam for women?

Will a regular physical consist of a pelvic exam for women?

Physical: Ideally regular physical should include a pelvic, rectal exam, pap smear as age indicated. Many times it is not done. ...Read more

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Is an annual gynecology exam necessary after a total hysterectomy?

Is an annual gynecology exam necessary after a total hysterectomy?

Yes!: Absolutely! please continue seeing your gynecologist annually even after having a hysterectomy. At this visit, your physician will discuss your overall health and well-being. Also, since you are now surgically post-menopausal, your doctor will help you prevent problems such as osteoporosis. Importantly, you will still benefit from a regular pelvic and breast exam. ...Read more

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What does a full normal neurological exam mean?

What does a full normal neurological exam mean?

Reasurring perhaps: Although normal exam does not rule out all intracranial problems, or the presence of paroxysmal conditions like epilepsy or migraine, does provide comfort of absence of substantial neurological deficits. ...Read more

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Can a holistic practitioner can do a complete physical exam on people?

Can a holistic practitioner can do a complete physical exam on people?

It depends: Not all holistic practitioners have medical training, where one learns to do complete physical exams. If your "holistic practitioner" happens to be an md, do, or nd, then these people do have the requisite training to do physical examinations. ...Read more

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What is done in a routine physical exam for women?

What is done in a routine physical exam for women?

Physical Exam: Aphysical exam for 32 years entails a detaild family history, personal history, past history of any significance, a comprehensive physical exam.Blood test for routine cbc, blood chemistry including glucose, cholesterol and kidney functions, urine analysis and if indicated thyroid hormone profile and advice to have a pap smear and gyn exam which i stopped doig many years ago' so what are you waiting for. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could an np perform a physical and prostrate exam?

Please tell me, could an np perform a physical and prostrate exam?

Yes: A nurse practitioner is a fully trained provider who can do a complete physical examination, including a prostate exam. ...Read more

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What to expect for a physical exam for a male? Certain tests doc will do? Labs? Etc?

What to expect for a physical exam for a male? Certain tests doc will do? Labs? Etc?

Age dependent: At your age regular exam, hesrt , lungs, abdomen, head and neck, muscle strength. As needed private exam. Mainly hemoglobin, cbc, liver and kidney function. ...Read more