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Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physicians & Board Certified Pediatricians located in Grand Rapids, MI

If you're due for an annual physical exam or a school or sports physical, you can trust the board-certified internal medicine physicians and pediatricians at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with your care. They complete comprehensive physicals and treatments to help you stay healthy and detect medical problems early before complications develop. Schedule your next physical by phone or online today.

Physicals Q&A

What are physicals?

A physical exam is a routine annual evaluation your internal medicine specialist offers to examine your overall health. The goal of physicals is to identify small health problems before they become severe or even life-threatening. The team at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan offers men’s, women’s, and children’s physicals, school physicals, and more.

A lot can change in your children's health within a year's time. By scheduling an annual child wellness exam, your provider can monitor their growth, health, and development in addition to safeguarding against potential problems that can arise.

What happens during a physical exam?

During physical exams with the team at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan, expect the following:

Vital signs check

Your internal medicine specialist checks your vital signs to screen you for possible health problems. They weigh you and check your pulse, blood pressure, and other vital signs.

Medical history review

Your provider reviews your medical history and discusses symptoms you may have. They ask about medications you’re taking and past diagnoses, injuries, treatments, and surgeries.

Physical examination

During a physical examination, your internal medicine specialist evaluates your ears, eyes, throat, abdomen, breathing, and heart rate. They complete a pelvic exam in women and Pap test to evaluate reproductive organs and screen for signs of cervical cancer.

Diagnostic testing

If you have signs of an illness, injury, or disease, your provider might recommend a urine test, blood test, tissue biopsy, electrocardiogram (EKG), X-rays, or other diagnostic tests to detect or rule out medical problems and develop a treatment plan, if necessary.

What happens after my physical?

After a physical exam, your provider lets you know if you require treatment for a medical condition. They might recommend over-the-counter or prescription medicines, lifestyle changes, injections, an inhaler, or another treatment. Your internal medicine specialist also offers vaccinations and birth control.

If you pass a school, sports, work, or immigration physical, your provider signs the required paperwork and gives you a copy for your records.

Schedule physicals every year or more often if your provider recommends it to ensure you’re in good health or to treat minor problems before they become serious. Schedule you or your child’s next physical by phone or online today.