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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

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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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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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 an orthopedic physician be a physical therapist?

Can an orthopedic physician be a physical therapist?

They can: These are two different disciplines and the schooling is different. An orthopedic surgeon can be a physical therapist only if they went to physical therapy post-graduate training, but the process to become an orthopedic surgeon does not give you the proper training to be a physical therapist. ...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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Hemroid issue, what exam will doctor need to do?

Hemroid issue, what exam will doctor need to do?

Rectal exam: We start with a rectal exam to evaluate hemorrhoids and make sure they're not overly swollen. Based on the findings, you may try conservative therapy which i can explain in more detail separately, or you may benefit from hemorrhoidal banding. ...Read more

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What do generalist doctors check at a physical exam?

What do generalist doctors check at a physical exam?

Physical: Depends on your age, medical history, particular concerns or symptoms. The visit is unique to you. Avoid the "check everything" . Guide the doctor and the doctor will make recommendations. ...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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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

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What std's should a doctor screen for during an annual exam?

What std's should a doctor screen for during an annual exam?

STD screening: Usually no screening for STD's is required unless you think you have had an opportunity to acquire one. ...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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What would physical exam in person with sciatica show ?

What would physical exam in person with sciatica show ?

StrIght lag raise: positve staight leg raise reproduce posterior leg pain with knee extension abnormal reflex decreased reflex at achilles if s1 iscinvolved if L5 is involved no reflex change is noted if severe patterned muscle weakness below knee to name rhe classics good luck ...Read more

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Can a psychiatrist diagnose a bipolar disorder without any lab tests or a physical exam?

Can a psychiatrist diagnose a bipolar disorder without any lab tests or a physical exam?

Bipolar Dx: Good history-taking, to include family history, mental status exam, and mood disorder rating scales. ...Read more

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Do you have a rectal exam during a pelvic exam?

Do you have a rectal exam during a pelvic exam?

Yes: With rare exceptions, i recommend a rectal exam with the pelvic exam. It allows the doctor to feel behind the uterus making it easier to detect ovarian cysts or nodularity of endometriosis, in women over 40, it provides an exam of the rectum which can show occult polyps or even cancers. I feel the rectal exam adds to the completeness of the pelvic exam allowing a true clean bill of health. ...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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Can an neurologist diagnose a brain tumor with a physical examination?

Can an neurologist diagnose a brain tumor with a physical examination?

Brain tumor: I would say no. You can be very suspicious, and be almost certain it is acting like a mass but tumor is a mass and you need to see the mass, by CT, MRI or shadows on xrays( in the days before CT/MRI) . ...Read more

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Can a dr see optic nerve swelling during a physical exam?

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Yes: But just like anything else on a physical exam, a doctor is not going to see it all the time, even if it is there. ...Read more

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Will diabetes be found on a yearly physical exam?

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