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Physical Exams Specialist

ProHealth Clinic

Catharine Nformangum, MSN-FNP

Family Medicine & Nurse Practitioner located in Houston, TX

Routine physical exams are one of the easiest and most effective ways to preserve your health and well-being. At ProHealth Clinic in South Houston, Texas, Catharine Nformangum, MSN-FNP, and the team provide physical exams for adults, including annual physicals, work physicals, and school physicals. If it’s been more than a year since your last checkup, it’s time to schedule your appointment with ProHealth Clinic by calling or using the online booking tool.

Physical Exams Q&A

What are physical exams?

Physical exams are regular checkups used to assess your health. In addition, they present an opportunity to ask questions, discuss unusual symptoms, and build a relationship with your provider. 

You don’t need to be sick to participate in a physical exam. The team at ProHealth Clinic recommends scheduling a physical once a year. Before they become life-threatening, routine screenings can alert you to potentially serious health problems, like high blood pressure and diabetes.

What happens during a physical exam?

The team at ProHealth Clinic tailors your physical exam appointment to your individual needs. 

During your exam, the team:

  • Checks for signs of possible diseases
  • Identifies issues that may become medical problems in the future
  • Updates necessary immunizations
  • Orders laboratory testing
  • Asks about your lifestyle, including if you exercise and what foods you eat

Depending on your age and health history, the team might also recommend preventive screenings, such as blood pressure monitoring or a mammogram.

What are the types of physical exams?

ProHealth Clinic offers several types of physical exams, including:

Annual physicals

An annual physical is a basic screening used to observe your physical and mental health. During this type of physical, the team tests your vital signs, including your heart rate, temperature, and respiration. They also assess your gait and posture and palpate your organs. Laboratory testing might be ordered, including a complete blood count (CBC) and urinalysis.

Work physicals

Some professions require employees to undergo work physicals prior to starting a new job. This is especially true if you operate heavy machinery or a commercial vehicle. During a work physical, the team determines if you’re healthy enough to perform certain on-the-job functions.

If you have heart disease, sleep apnea, or are overweight, the team might recommend interventional treatments before signing off on any necessary paperwork. Catharine Nfomangum, MSN-FNP, is also a certified medical examiner for the Department of Transportation and can give extra care to DOT exam patients. 

School physicals

Many colleges and universities require students to undergo annual physicals. This is particularly true if you play an organized or intramural sport. 

A school physical follows the same basic structure as an annual physical. The only real difference is that the team signs paperwork following your appointment that you can submit to your school’s administration during enrollment.

To learn more about the benefits of physical exams, request a consultation at ProHealth Clinic. Book an appointment online, or call the South Houston, Texas, office to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff today.