Physical exams are the foundation of good health and a need that shouldn’t fall to the bottom of your to-do list. At A.L.M.S Community Health Center in Grand Prairie, Texas, you have access to outstanding annual exams as well as a range of specialized visits, including sports exams, school exams, and pre-employment screenings. Booking an appointment is fast and easy using the online scheduling tool or over the phone.

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Why are annual exams so important?

Your annual health exam is an opportunity to learn more about your current health. It also provides the screenings you need at various stages of life. As you age, you’ll need different lab services and other types of health screenings.

If you’re concerned about changes or symptoms you’ve noticed, your annual exam is a great place to discuss those concerns. You can also ask questions about general health and wellness topics.

Thinking of trying a new diet or wondering if you should add supplements to your existing routine? Want to know the best ways to boost brain health and protect against cognitive decline? Your annual exam is the setting in which to raise those questions.

What happens during a physical exam?

There are aspects of your annual exam that remain constant throughout your life. A discussion of your personal and family health history is one example. You’ll also be asked about any supplements or medications you’re taking.

Your practitioner gathers information about your:

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart function
  • Breathing function
  • Skin condition
  • Reflexes
  • Lymph nodes
  • Nose, ear, and throat tissue

These are just some of the routine areas of focus during an annual exam.

What are specialized physical exams?

From time to time, you or your child might need a specialized exam. The items included in these exams are often predetermined by the organization that requires them.

Sports physical exams

For example, sports or athletic exams are often required for children and college students who want to play organized sports. These visits focus on determining if your child is healthy enough to participate without risk of harm.

School physical exams

Physical exams are sometimes required if your child attends a new school, starts a new daycare, or heads off to summer camp. You’ll usually receive paperwork to bring in for your visit, and your practitioner will complete those forms and return them to you.

Pre-employment physicals

Pre-employment physicals are sometimes required before starting a new job. These exams are usually similar to your annual physical exam, and might include drug screening.

If you or your child needs an annual health exam or any form of a specialized physical exam, call A.L.M.S Community Health Center to set up an appointment. Online scheduling is also available, and can be booked from home day or night.