Checkups & Physicals

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
  • Eating
  • 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
  • Pulse
  • Respiration rate

A schedule for routine well-care visits will be provided in the office during your child’s first well exam.

School/Sports Physicals

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.

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