Physical Examinations Specialist

Sabiha Mohiuddin, MD

Family Practice & General Practitioner located in Frederick, MD

Regularly participating in physical examinations is an easy and effective way to preserve your health. Routine appointments with your primary care physician can alert you to potentially serious health problems and provide you with education to live a healthier, more active lifestyle. At her practice in Frederick, Maryland, Sabiha Mohiuddin MD provides physical examinations for teenagers and adults. To make an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office today.

Physical Examinations Q & A

What are physical examinations?

Physical examinations are routine appointments with your doctor to check in on your overall health. They present an opportunity to ask your provider questions or to discuss unusual symptoms that you’re experiencing.

By determining the status of your health, you can take steps to prevent disease and improve your quality of life. In addition, you can gain insights about improving your diet, exercise plan, and sleep.

Why are physical examinations important?

Physical examinations are important because they check for possible diseases that require treatment. Many serious health problems, including high blood pressure and diabetes, present few obvious symptoms. Therefore, you could be at risk and not realize it. 

You can also update your immunizations during a physical exam. Certain vaccines require several doses or change each year. Immunizations train your immune system to identify and protect your body from potentially harmful invaders like viruses and bacteria.

What should I bring to a physical examination?

To ensure you get the most out of your time with your provider, gather the necessary paperwork prior to your physical exam, including:

  • A list of the medications, supplements, and vitamins you take
  • Your medical and surgical history
  • A list of any symptoms or pain you’re currently experiencing
  • Names and contact information of doctors or specialists you’ve seen recently
  • Your insurance information

If you have any questions, make sure to write those down as well.

What happens during physical examinations?

Before meeting with your provider, a nurse takes your temperature and asks questions about your medical history, including if you have allergies, how often you exercise, and if you smoke or drink alcohol.

Afterward, your provider begins your physical exam. They carefully observe your skin looking for any unusual marks or growths. Then, they palpate your organs, inspect your ears, nose, eyes, and throat, and use a stethoscope to listen to your heart and respiratory rate.

Depending on your age and medical history, your provider might also order laboratory tests or administer vaccinations. The entire appointment typically lasts 45-60 minutes.

How often should I schedule a physical examination?

The team at Sabiha Mohiuddin MD recommends scheduling a physical exam annually. This is particularly true if you’re 40 or older. As you age, you become more susceptible to potentially serious health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Routine check-ups can alert you to these and other issues when they’re most responsive to treatment.

To schedule your next physical examination at Sabiha Mohiuddin MD, book a consultation online, or call the office today.