Maryvale Family Practice
Family Practice located in Phoenix, AZ
A physical exam can be a useful diagnostic and preventive care method to evaluate your overall health and detect issues before they become harder to treat. At Maryvale Family Practice, Nahla Chirco, FNP, a board-certified family nurse practitioner, offers comprehensive, customized physical exams. Nahla spends ample time assessing your medical concerns and works meticulously to find the best ways to enhance your wellness. If you’re due for your annual physical or have concerns about your health, call Maryvale Family Practice or make your appointment using the online booking tool.
What is a physical exam?
Nahla uses physical exams to evaluate a specific medical concern or serve as part of a general preventive care checkup. Physical exams are sometimes also referred to as wellness visits and are centered around improving and assessing your health.
Physical exams are recommended annually and involve a review of your medical history and family history. Nahla also has an in-depth discussion with you about your health and allows ample time for you to answer any questions you might have.
Depending on your current state of health and age, Nahla might recommend additional blood work and testing.
Why would I need a physical exam?
Nahla might recommend a physical exam to:
- Check for possible diseases
- Update any necessary vaccinations
- Make sure you’re maintaining a healthy lifestyle with balanced nutrition and regular exercise
- Identify concerns that might turn into medical complications
She might also conduct a physical exam before surgery or before treatment for a medical condition.
How can I prepare for a physical exam?
Preparing for your physical exam allows you to make the most out of your time with your provider. You should gather paperwork or information to demonstrate:
- A list of your current medications
- A list of symptoms or pain you’re experiencing
- Any relevant recent test results
- Your medical and surgical history
- Contact information and names of other doctors you’ve visited recently
You might want to dress in comfortable clothing and avoid excess jewelry or makeup that may interfere with the exam.
What does a physical exam involve?
One of the most important parts of your physical exam or wellness visit is your in-depth discussion with Nahla. She also checks your pulse, weight, height, blood pressure, and other vitals.
Nahla will examine your body, looking for signs of tenderness or irregularities. During this evaluation, she will use a percussion technique, in which she gently taps on your body like a drum to assess organs.
She also uses an instrument called a stethoscope to listen to your lungs, intestines, and your heart’s rhythm.
At the end of your exam, Nahla might also order bloodwork to evaluate your blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and other vital factors that can help paint a clear and accurate picture of your overall health.
To schedule a physical evaluation at Maryvale Family Practice, call the office or book an appointment online today.