There are many types of physicals that are targeted to assess specific areas of your health. Children may need a school physical, teens joining their school team need a sports physical, and adults may come in for a Department of Transportation physical. No matter what type of physical you need, the experienced team at Patrick County Family Practice in Stuart, Virginia, is available to perform the appropriate exam. To schedule a physical today, call the office or use the online booking feature.
What are the different types of physicals?
The experienced team at Patrick County Family Medicine provide many types of physicals, including an annual wellness exam, school physicals, pre-employment physicals, travel physicals, and examinations that meet the requirements for DOT and sports physicals.
What is a DOT physical?
If you want to obtain or renew a commercial driver’s license, you must get a Department of Transportation physical. This type of physical is similar to a routine exam, except the team at Patrick County Family Medicine screens for specific problems that would interfere with your ability to safely drive a commercial vehicle.
Your DOT physical covers every part of your body, including vision and hearing tests, and screening for sleep disorders, seizures, cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, diabetes, and muscle, back, or nerve problems that could affect your ability to sit. You’ll also submit a sample for a urinalysis.
When your DOT physical is over, your provider at Patrick County Family Practice issues a medical examiner’s certificate to verify whether you’re physically capable of driving a commercial vehicle.
What is a sports physical?
Anyone who’s involved in organized sports, especially school teams, needs a sports physical before they can participate. During a sports exam, the team at Patrick County Family Practice evaluate whether an injury, illness, or condition exists that prevents your child from engaging in sports.
They determine whether your child previously or currently has problems such as skin infections, pain or dizziness after exercise, concussions, fractures or sprains, asthma, or viral infections. Your child’s bones, muscles, and joints are examined for strength, flexibility, and signs of inflammation or stress.
Having an existing health condition doesn’t always mean your child can’t play sports. The team at Patrick County Family Practice can often find a treatment or accommodation that allows them to enjoy their chosen activity.
What is a travel physical?
If you plan to travel outside the United States, you may need vaccinations to protect you from contagious diseases that commonly occur in your chosen destination. The team at Patrick County Family Practice administer the vaccinations you need and help you plan for health needs you may face while on your trip, such as a need for extra medication.
Here’s the most important thing to remember about a travel physical: Schedule it at least two to three months before you plan to leave for your trip. Vaccinations can need four to six weeks before they take effect and some vaccinations require multiple doses given a few weeks apart.
If you need any type of physical, call Patrick County Family Practice or schedule an appointment online today.