Physicals Specialist

Family Health Associates

Family Medicine & Aesthetics located in Murfreesboro, TN

Routine physicals are an essential part of staying on top of your health and intervening early if anything is out of the ordinary. With the help of Akashia Anderson Murphy, MD, Dennis Carter, MD, and the expert family medicine providers at Family Health Associates, all members of your family can receive annual physicals and screenings under one roof. Book your physical exam at this Murfreesboro, Tennessee, family practice by calling the office directly.

Physicals Q & A

Why do I need a physical?

Routine physicals are part of your preventive care regimen. Even if you’re generally healthy, annual exams and physicals are still important to evaluate your health and check for early indicators of chronic disease. You need regular physicals to:

  • Keep tabs on your blood pressure and cholesterol
  • Ensure you’re maintaining a healthy weight
  • Monitor chronic diseases
  • Run routine labs

You may also need a physical as part of a requirement for employment, such as a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical to maintain your commercial driver license. In some cases, children need specialized physicals for school or sports, too.

What happens during a physical?

Family Health Associates entirely personalizes your physical exam to you or your child. Depending on your previous health history, current concerns, and reason for your exam (like if it’s for work or school), it’s common for physicals to involve:

  • Blood draw, like a basic metabolic panel to check glucose and organ functions
  • Vision and hearing screening
  • Height and weight checks
  • Blood pressure check
  • Neurological exam
  • Abdomen check
  • Urinalysis

Family Health Associates also provides a wide variety of immunizations for both children and adults, including annual flu shots. You can get any vaccines you need during your physical.

Do I need to prepare for a physical?

There are a few things you can do to prepare for your or your child’s physical exam at Family Health Associates. While not required, it’s often helpful to:

  • Arrive with a full bladder if you need to provide a urine sample
  • Get a copy of your previous medical and vaccination records
  • Wear a loose-fitting shirt to make it easier for blood draws and blood pressure checks
  • Make a list of all supplements and medications you take, even if they’re over-the-counter

If you need a physical for work or if your child needs a physical for school or sports, make sure you bring in any required paperwork for your doctor to sign. Because you have access to a team of dedicated family practitioners at Family Health Associates, you can even schedule back-to-back physical exams, so you only have to make one trip for all of your family health care needs.

Schedule your next physical at Family Health Associates by calling to speak with a team member to book your exam.

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