Physical Exams Specialist

New Hope Medical Clinic

Family Practice located in Gastonia, NC

Whether you need an annual checkup or work physical, or if it’s time for your child’s school physical, you can rely on the skilled providers at New Hope Medical Clinic in Gastonia, North Carolina, to provide high-quality health screenings. They have an on-site lab for your convenience and offer same-day and walk-in appointments as their schedule allows. For annual physicals and medication checks, they do recommend you call the clinic to make an appointment or book your visit online.

Physical Exams Q & A

New Hope Medical Clinic

Why are There Different Types of Physical Exams?

All physical exams focus on certain aspects of your health. The difference really lies in the reason for your exam, and the specifics are often directed by the entity requesting your exam. School, sports, and work physicals often require your provider to focus on certain health aspects and sign official forms that include information regarding your exam results.

For instance, a potential employer may want to know if you’re physically capable of doing a job that requires heavy lifting. Many employers also require drug screening as part of your pre-employment physical.

During a well-child physical, your provider considers all aspects of your child’s health, including his growth compared to his last physical, whether he’s meeting his developmental milestones, and if his immunizations are up to date.

A sports physical is usually fairly brief in comparison and focuses mainly on your child’s general health as it applies to athletic activity. You can expect your provider to check his heart and lung sounds and ask him to perform some simple range-of-motion and stamina tests, such as sprinting down the hall and back.   

What is Different About an Annual Physical Exam?

Annual physical exams are very detailed. Your New Hope Medical Clinic provider thoroughly reviews your past medical history, family history, current medication list, and any symptoms or complaints you have about your physical and emotional health and well-being.

Your exam during an annual checkup includes a complete evaluation of your current physical state from the top of your head to your toes, including your heart and lung function and basic neurological and musculoskeletal health. The way your eyes react to light, how the thyroid gland in your neck feels when you swallow and the sounds your abdomen makes are all important parts of a complete physical. Breast and gynecological exams for women and prostate exams for men are often included in an annual physical.

What Kinds of Physical Exams Do You Provide?

Along with annual physical exams, New Hope Medical Clinic providers also offer:

  • Department of Transportation physicals
  • Sports physicals
  • Employment physicals
  • School physicals
  • Camp physicals

They also provide lab screenings such as cholesterol checks and drug screening with fast results through their on-site lab.