Sulkowski Family Medicine
Thomas E. Sulkowski, MD
Family Medicine located in Murfreesboro, TN
You already know a healthy diet and exercise are essential for your good health, but you might not realize that a regular physical exam plays a crucial role in preventing health problems — now and in the future. An award-winning practice, Sulkowski Family Medicine in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, provides physical exams for adults and children alike. You can count on their team to treat you like family. Call today or schedule a consultation online.
Physical Exam Q & A
What is a physical exam?
The focus of a physical exam is preventive care. This check-up includes immunizations, flu shots, cancer screenings, and counseling to improve your long-term health and wellness.
The team at Sulkowski Family Medicine generally recommends an overall physical exam at least once a year. You may need one more frequently if you have a chronic health condition, such as asthma or diabetes.
Each exam is tailored to your age, health, and other factors. You can expect the team at Sulkowski Family Medicine to review your medical history and note your vital signs, including blood pressure, pulse, and temperature.
If you need a physical exam in order to participate in sports, Sulkowski Family Medicine may recommend screenings for heart and muscle-related conditions.
What happens during a woman’s physical exam?
Often called a well-woman exam, this is a check-up with routine screening tests. These include:
- Pap test: To look for early signs of cervical cancer
- Breast exam: To check for changes in your breasts and under your arms
- Pelvic exam: To look for any issues inside your vagina and pelvic area
The team at Sulkowski Family Medicine may refer you to a breast imaging center if it’s time for you to get a mammogram.
What happens during a men’s physical exam?
Based on your age and overall health, you may need one or more of these routine preventive tests:
- Body mass index (BMI)
- Blood pressure
- Cardiovascular disease
- Colorectal cancer
You may also need to be tested for prostate cancer.
What happens during a well-child exam?
The team at Sulkowski Family Medicine performs a physical exam, taking your child’s weight, height, and temperature. The goal is to make sure your child is hitting the correct developmental milestones.
They’ll also make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date. Some of the vaccines your child may need include:
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B
- Haemophilus influenzae Type b (Hib)
- Meningococcal (meningitis)
- Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
This visit is a great time to ask questions about your child’s growth and development.
If it’s been a while since you or a family member has had a physical exam, call or schedule your consultation online today with the experts in family medicine at Sulkowski Family Medicine.