Physical Examinations / Sports Physicals in Sterling Heights, MI


What is a physical exam / sports physical?

A physical exam, or a sports physical, is a check-up with a family health care physician that assesses a patient for any illness or injury. These physical exams include a number of routine procedures and screenings to identify any health issues and evaluate the overall health of a patient. Annual physical examinations are a core element of preventive health care, including immunization updates.

Often, physical examinations are required for children or teens participating in sports. Sports physical exams vary only slightly from regular physical exams, in that your physician is specifically looking for any illness or injury that might keep a patient from safely participating in sports activities.

To schedule an annual physical examination or sports physical at our Sterling Heights medical clinic, fill out the form on this page.

Why are physical exams performed?

A physical checkup is usually performed once a year by a family medicine doctor in order to:

  • Check a patient’s overall health
  • Discuss patient health concerns with a doctor
  • Scan for diseases so they can be treated early
  • Update any needed immunizations or vaccines
  • Monitor any chronic conditions

One advantage of annual physical examinations with the same family medicine physician is that patients are able to build a relationship with their doctor and receive continuity of care and treatment.

What does a physical examination involve?

Physical exams may involve slightly different elements depending on the age of the patient, type of physical being performed (e.g. sports physical), and each patient’s unique needs. Prior to your physical exam, patients will be asked to provide or update their medical history and provide or update information about their health and health-related details that may have changed since their last physical. Patients visiting Tri-County Medical Clinic for a complete physical exam may access the required forms to print and fill out prior to their exam in order to speed up the check-in process.

In cases where the exam is being completed for a sports team, a sports physical packet will typically need to be filled out by your physician and returned to the sports organization. Be sure to bring all required paperwork with you at the time of you or your child’s sports physical appointment.

Physical exam procedures typically consist of the following elements:

  • Measuring and recording your height and weight / BMI
  • Measuring and recording your blood pressure
  • Listening to your heart and lungs
  • Evaluating your ears, nose and throat and testing hearing (if hearing loss is suspected)
  • Checking vision
  • Examining your stomach for any signs of tenderness
  • Evaluating posture, joint mobility, and spinal alignment
  • Checking neurological functions such as reflexes, coordination, and strength
  • Evaluating and discussing any chronic conditions you have and medications you take

Depending on your needs and the type of physical examination being performed, your exam may also include:

  • Digital rectal exam for colorectal cancer screening / FOBT
  • Lab work
  • Additional diagnostic tests – such as x-rays, ECG
  • A recommendation for additional screening procedures such as a mammogram or colonoscopy
  • A referral to a specialist for certain conditions or symptoms

To schedule an annual physical exam or sports physical at Tri-County Medical Clinic, call our office today at (586) 979-5100, ext. 1. You may also use the form on this page to send an inquiry directly to our Sterling Heights, MI office.

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