Well Infant/Child / Adolescent Checkups and Sports Physicals
Pediatric Physical Examination
A physical examination, also known as a routine physical or medical check-up, is recommended for children of all ages. It is an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about a child’s development and health.
Questions typically asked of the doctor during a well visit may include some of the following:
- Toilet training methods
- Sleep patterns
- Socialization issues
- Learning problems
- Family problems
- Concerns about puberty
- Behavioral issues
By sharing concerns with the pediatrician and working to resolve any problems that the parent may have, a trusting relationship is established that will continue for a long time.
During the Visit
During a routine physical, the doctor will perform a complete physical examination to monitor growth and development as well as detect any changes or abnormalities. Immunizations may be administered as well.
Some of the following may be conducted:
- An assessment of the child’s growth and development
- Physical examination
- Immunization update
- Blood test
- Blood pressure
- Respiration rate
A schedule for routine well-care visits will be provided in the office during your child’s first well exam.
A school physical is a thorough medical examination that is often required for students by state law. Conducted annually, these well-care visits involve taking a detailed medical and family history that is then usually recorded on a form from the school.
The physical examination typically includes:
- Recording height and weight
- Checking blood pressure and pulse
- Vision and hearing tests
- Heart, lungs, abdomen, ear, nose and throat examination
- Evaluating posture, strength and flexibility
If any immunizations are necessary, they may be provided during the school/sports physical as well. There is a $5 – $10 charge for school/sports forms depending on the form (school forms can only be completed if the patient has had a physical within the year). The normal processing time for form completion is 1 week.