Wellness & Physicals

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 Annual physical exams are an essential part of your overall health and wellness. It is your chance to meet with your provider, when you are well, to work on a plan that keeps you that way. What’s more, insurance companies find value in annual exams, so they are not subject to deductible or co-pay under most plans. That means no out-of-pocket expense for most patients.

little girl at doctor officeAnnual exams focus on whole person wellness rather than a current or specific problem. Your provider will want to know about your personal and family history, as well as any changes in your health since your last exam. He/she will also want to ensure that you are current on other checkups including eye exams and dental visits. Your annual visit is a great time to arrange for any prescription refills for the year, determine whether you need any preventative screenings and for you to voice any immediate concerns.

Are you exposed to dangers at work? Do you smoke or use alcohol? Do you follow an exercise regimen? Are your relationships healthy? It’s important to look for connections between your lifestyle and your health.

Well Baby Exams and Immunization

Well baby exams are important in monitoring the growth and development of your baby, and are a great opportunity to ask your doctor any questions you may have. During the exam, we will measure your baby, provide a head-to-toe physical exam, and evaluate their development. Infant immunizations are also important to prevent diseases that can be dangerous or difficult or impossible to treat with medicine. At your well baby exams, we will ensure that your baby’s immunizations are up-to-date based on CDC guidelines.

Well Child Exams

It is important for children to have regular check-ups with their doctor to ensure that they are growing and developing properly. Well child exams provide an opportunity to update your child’s immunizations and discuss any concerns you have regarding your child’s health.

Sports Physicals

A sports physical is a critical part of your child’s athletic experience. Sports physicals are typically required for any child doing any kind of organized athletic activity, although they are often only required to get one every two years. If you are uncertain, check with your child’s school; most schools keep records of previous sports physicals on file and will likely be able to tell you when your child’s next one is due. You can schedule a sports physical with your regular provider, or if you’re short on time, you can use either of our walk-in clinic locations. For your convenience, we have copies of the sports physical form available for you in our offices.

A sports physical is designed to help you find out about any health issues that may arise from your child’s participation in a given sport. A typical visit will include completing an extensive health history prior to being seen by a provider. During the exam things like height and weight, blood pressure, vision test, and when needed strength and flexibility, will be evaluated.

In contact sports like football, a baseline concussion screening may also be required. These are done through the school on certain days for each team. Talk to your child’s coach to make sure you know when and where the screening is being conducted. A concussion screening is not typically conducted during a sports physical and can take up to thirty minutes. You will need to make your provider aware if you are expecting concussion-screening services during a physical appointment.

Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation Physicals

Some jobs through the FAA and DOT require applicants to complete a specialized physical to determine whether the applicant is eligible to operate specialized vehicles. Sound Family Medicine has several qualified providers to complete these examinations across our Bonney Lake and Puyallup locations.

Pap Smear/Pelvic Exam

Women don’t need their first Pap smear until age 21, even if first intercourse occurred prior to that age. That said, younger women still need appropriate contraception and STD screening.

Women over 21 need regular Pap smear screenings, generally every three years to age 30 and every five years to age 65 unless otherwise directed by a physician.

 

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