San Mateo Primary Care

Board Certified Internal Medicine & Primary Care & Concierge Medicine located in Mid-Peninsula, SF Bay Area, San Mateo, CA

A physical is an excellent opportunity to check in on your health and have the maintenance you need to protect your overall wellness. San Mateo Primary Care offers traditional physicals, well-woman appointments, and Medicare annual wellness visits for patients from in and around San Mateo, California. If you’re due for a physical, call the practice or schedule your appointment online today.

Physicals Q & A

Why do I need a physical?

Most diseases don’t cause symptoms in their early stages, which is also when your doctor can treat them easily. A physical exam is an opportunity to check on your current health and have the health screenings that identify diseases before you have symptoms. 

In addition to having critical preventive health screenings, you get a chance to talk to your health care provider about any concerns or health changes. For example, you might be concerned about your weight or suspect you have symptoms of depression or anxiety.

Your physician at San Mateo Primary Care is your partner in health. During your physical, they evaluate your health and compare it to your medical records. This allows them to identify changes quickly.

How often should I have a physical?

Your health can change a lot in a year, so the team at San Mateo Primary Care recommends annual health checks. However, if you get sick or notice a change in your health, you can schedule a visit any time. 

What happens during a physical?

After you check in with the friendly and helpful office staff, a member of the clinical team escorts you back to a treatment room. They check your height, weight, blood pressure, pulse, and blood oxygenation. 

Then, you meet with your physician for the rest of your physical. They review your medical history and ask about any new changes in your physical, mental, or emotional health. 

Your physician also completes a variety of physical assessments, including listening to your heart and lungs. They look into your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and throat, and feel your abdomen.

They perform some standard neurological checks, including assessing your grip, reflexes, and sensation in your feet. They also check your balance. 

If necessary, your physician can also perform health screenings, including a pelvic and breast exam and a Pap smear for women or a prostate check for men. Depending on your age and health history, they may suggest screening tests for colon cancer or breast cancer.

They can also provide vaccines if you need a booster or your annual flu shot. 

Your provider might also order lab tests to screen for health issues like diabetes, high cholesterol, or hormonal imbalances. You might need to fast before your blood tests to ensure accurate results. 

Call San Mateo Primary Care or make your appointment for a physical exam online today.