Physical Exam Specialist

Optimum Medical -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine

Optimum Medical

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Orthopedic Specialists located in Newport Beach, CA

An annual physical examination is a quick preventive health measure that can provide valuable insights regarding your general well-being. Optimum Medical in Newport Beach, California, offers annual physical exams to both men and women. Dr. Fan also offers respiratory screenings using spirometry. Whether you’re new to the area and need to establish care or you’ve simply been putting your health on the back-burner, the team at Optimum Medical can help. Call or use the online booking tool to request your consultation today.

Physical Examination

What is an annual physical exam?

An annual physical exam provides an opportunity to check in with your overall health.

During a physical exam you can address previous health problems, update your vaccinations, ask your doctor questions, and, if necessary, obtain new prescription medication.

What happens during a physical exam?

The team at Optimum Medical tailors your physical exam to your unique health needs.

First, your doctor does a thorough physical exam, checking your heart rate, respiration rate, temperature, and blood pressure.

Next, your doctor reviews your medical history and asks you a series of questions about your overall health. If you haven’t been feeling well or are experiencing unusual symptoms, make sure to share this information with your doctor.

After reviewing your medical history, your doctor continues your exam, looking in your ears, nose, throat, and eyes. They might also ask you to stand up, sit down, or walk around the room in order to review your posture, ensuring your spine and musculoskeletal structure are healthy.

Finally, your doctor tests your reflexes, looks at your skin and nails, and examines your joints.

Are physical exams different for men and women?

Physical examinations follow the same basic structure. However, men and women have unique health needs based on their reproductive organs.

Women’s physical

A woman’s physical exam typically includes a breast exam and a pelvic exam. During a breast exam, your Optimum Medical provider feels for any abnormal bumps or growths. They also visually inspect your nipples, lymph nodes, and the area under your armpits.

During a pelvic exam, your doctor examines your uterus, ovaries, cervix, and vulva. The team also offers Pap tests, a preventive screening measure used to determine your risk of cervical cancer.

Men’s physical

During a men’s physical, your doctor examines your penis and testicles and also performs a hernia check, the famous “turn your head and cough” test. If you are over 50 or have a family history of prostate cancer, your provider will also recommend a digital rectal exam (DRE). A DRE involves your provider sticking a gloved finger into your rectum and feeling around for potentially cancerous growths.

What should I bring to my physical examination?

If you’re a new patient, the Optimum Medical team encourages you to have your medical records transferred before your first appointment.

On the day of your appointment, try to arrive 10 minutes early and bring a list of any prescription medications, vitamins, or supplements you’re taking.

What is spirometry?

Spirometry is a common medical procedure that tests how well your lungs work. During spirometry, your Optimum Medical provider measures how much you inhale and how much and how quickly you exhale.

In addition to diagnosing respiratory health problems, spirometry helps your doctor monitor the condition of your lungs. Spirometry is also used to document the success (or failure) of a particular treatment.

Who can benefit from spirometry?

Anyone who is experiencing respiratory problems can benefit from spirometry. The team at Optimum Health Clinics will recommend you participate in spirometry if they suspect you have:

  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Emphysema

Spirometry is also used to determine the health and overall function of your lungs prior to surgery.

Has it been a year or more since your last physical? Are you experiencing respiratory health problems? If so, it’s time to take charge of your health. Call or use the online booking tool and request your appointment for an annual physical or spirometry at Optimum Medical today.