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Is there a difference between a physical exam and wellness check?

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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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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How does one tell on physical exam the difference between an internal hordeolum and a marginal chalazion? I'm a 4th yr med student @ Wayne State. TY

How does one tell on physical exam the difference between an internal hordeolum and a marginal chalazion? I'm a 4th yr med student @ Wayne State. TY

4th Year: Is that WSU, Michigan? Spent many years there. Two things: 1; Please carefully read what you can regarding your concern. 2: Once read, please discuss this with doctor with whom are following. He/she will help to the extent possible or refer you to a specialist. Hope you learn a lot! PS: Enjoy graduation! ...Read more

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Prostate and physical exam all checked out good, very weak urine stream, difficult to start, stopping and starting, sprays. What's wrong?

Prostate and physical exam all checked out good, very weak urine stream, difficult to start, stopping and starting, sprays. What's wrong?

Other things...: You may need to see a urologist who may do urodynamic studies, which can determine the force of your urination. In addition to obstruction, another possibility is a neuromuscular issue, where you cannot contract your bladder strongly enough. This is non-invasive and can be done as an outpatient in the urologist's office. Good luck! ...Read more

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My doctor did a physical exam on me to check for aneurysms, would that be good enough? I have health anxiety and have a fear of brain aneurysm

My doctor did a physical exam on me to check for aneurysms, would that be good enough? I have health anxiety and have a fear of brain aneurysm

More than enough: A person who has anxiety and has fear of brain aneurysms (without any normal reason to be fearing brain aneurysms) doesn't have an aneurysm problem, but instead has a phobia. The phobia (excessive, irrational fear) can be of one of many kinds, and in this case happens to be of brain aneurysms. The problem is a psychiatric one, and so are its exam and treatment. It has nothing to do with aneurysms. ...Read more

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How often should a woman, age 53 who is in pretty good shape, have a physical exam?

How often should a woman, age 53 who is in pretty good shape, have a physical exam?

Depends: Depends on your individual health goals. But in general, for preventive screening, every two years is probably sufficient if you have no medical conditions. This is primarily driven by the USPSTF recommendation that you have a mammogram every 2 years between the ages of 50 and 75. Other things to have checked would be blood pressure, cervical cancer screening (every 3-5 years) and Colon cancer. ...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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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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What do doctors check during a physical exam of a 12-year-old boy?

Head-to-toe: First: vital signs. Heart rate, blood pressure, weight, height. We will also check their vision. Then a head to toe exam just like in previous exams. ENT, heart, lungs and abdomen. We look for signs for the onset of puberty including pubic hair, and testicular size. We talk to the child about maturation, general safety, activity specific safety, avoiding high risk behaviors, school and friends. ...Read more

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Does every physical exam require a testical exam. I had one last year and everything was in check. Jw 16 yr old?

Does every physical exam require a testical exam. I had one last year and everything was in check. Jw 16 yr old?

Usually: That is part of a yearly physical. I used to wonder the same thing, until I found a boy who was missing a testicle after having it there all the previous years. Other things can also show up, like hernias. ...Read more

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Can calf twitches b painful? One calf tight w/painful twitches/ tiny spasms. Doc did physical exam & negative DVT upon palpate, checked pulses. Cause?

Can calf twitches b painful? One calf tight w/painful twitches/ tiny spasms. Doc did physical exam & negative DVT upon palpate, checked pulses. Cause?

That is reassuring: With the testing you had it is reassuring that nothing of concern is going on
You need to look after yourself with healthy food and good hydration.
Lack of certain minerals or salts might give you these symptoms like potassium, calcium or magnesium
Also it is important to keep yourself well hydrated
And yes calf twitching and spasms can be painful ...Read more

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Physical exam 3 mos ago all good. I'm a runner who now feels rundown lightheaded and generally not myself after a run. Searching for poss. Reasons?

See a doctor: It is very difficult to answer intelligently because it would require an extensive history, a physical exam and some basic laboratory tests to even begin to have a clue. Feeling rundown is as vague a symptom as there is. It is also unclear where you live, how far you run and what other features of your life may play a role. Good luck. Suggest a primary care doctor to start with. ...Read more

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For physical exam blood tests, Do doctors usually check for Lyme disease or does it get noticed in the blood? Does that have to be requested?

For physical exam blood tests, Do doctors usually check for Lyme disease or does it get noticed in the blood? Does that have to be requested?

Blood tests: "Routine" blood tests do not check for Lyme disease. A blood test for Lyme disease would be done when a suspicion for the disease from the history and/or physical warrants it. ...Read more

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What can I expect from an annual physical exam from a new Primary Care Doctor? What will they be checking? Anything regarding my genitals?

What can I expect from an annual physical exam from a new Primary Care Doctor? What will they be checking? Anything regarding my genitals?

Bring all past info: Since it is a first visit he will take a detailed personal history, ask you about your family history of illnesses, your social history, do a thorough physical exam, a laboratory exam and then a discussion of the results with you. If you have any lab results from last year and if you are on any meds bring that info with you. And if you have particular questions write them out and bring them. ...Read more

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How often should I get a physical exam?

How often should I get a physical exam?

Depends on your age: Sex, pre-existing conditions, family history, and a whole host of other factors. ...Read more

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How often should I have a physical exam?

How often should I have a physical exam?

Physical frequency: A healthy man your age is unlikely to have any findings on a routine physical exam. It is much more important to exercise regularly, eat a healthy diet and avoid smoking and excessive alcohol intake. The United States preventive services task force lists recommendations for health services. Your doctor can discuss these with you taking your family history into consideration. ...Read more