Internists & Aesthetic Specialists located in Winter Park, FL
Annual physical exams are often the best way for patients to gain a better understanding of their health needs. The exams also provide Dr. Shukla with the opportunity to identify and diagnose conditions such as high blood pressure that have no symptoms. At JS Healthcare in Winter Park, Florida, Dr. Shwetanshu Shukla and his compassionate medical staff offer comprehensive annual physical exams to diagnose and prevent chronic health conditions which can lead to more dramatic situations, such as heart failure, Type 2 diabetes, and organ disease. Physicals for school and employment are also available at JS Healthcare.
Physical Exam Q & A
Why are physical exams important?
At JS Healthcare, Dr. Shukla provides annual physical exams for monitoring overall good health. Aside from performing a physical examination of the body, he also discusses the patient’s health history, family history, and any concerns or questions regarding both the physical and mental health of the patient.
Physical examinations help Dr. Shukla detect medical conditions early so treatment and management of the condition can be more effective. Annual exams are also a good time for patients to receive necessary vaccinations.
Besides regular health checkups, a physical exam may be a requirement for:
- Driver’s license
- Insurance applications
What happens during a physical exam?
During a physical exam, Dr. Shukla checks blood pressure, weight, and other vital signs. He may also conduct screenings for conditions like high cholesterol and diabetes, based on the patient’s family history.
Dr. Shukla performs a physical examination of the ears, eyes, nose, and throat. He also listens to the patient’s heartbeat and lungs to detect pulmonary dysfunction.
Checking for abnormalities in the internal organs, he palpates parts of the body, including the abdomen. He tests reflexes and motor function of your legs and arms.
Additionally, Dr. Shukla may inspect the skin for infections or abnormal moles, as well as hair and nails for signs of vitamin deficiencies, infections, or signs of an underlying medical condition.
Depending on the patient’s medical history, Dr. Shukla may order additional blood work or a urinalysis to monitor blood glucose levels, check thyroid function, and detect signs of infection.
How do I prepare for a physical exam?
To get the most of out of an annual physical, patients should make notes of any new symptoms or health concerns that Dr. Shukla should address.
For first-time patients, it's helpful for the medical staff to have a complete medical history that includes allergies, past and current prescription and over-the-counter medications, and recent results of lab work.
It’s also important that patients can truthfully answer questions about their eating habits, use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, and sleeping habits. This information can let Dr. Shukla know if additional health screenings are necessary to prevent specific diseases and conditions.
If it’s time for your annual physical exam, call Dr. Shukla’s office or make an appointment online.