Mental Health & Family Practice located in Bowie, MD

Physicals services offered in Bowie, MD

Physicals and health screenings are often needed for school, sports, and work. Johanese Sandy, MSN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, and his team at Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services in Bowie, Maryland, offer a range of exams, including annual physicals, Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals, and well-woman exams. To arrange a physical for you or your child, call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.

Physicals Q&A

What are physicals?

Physicals are routine exams that identify health problems at their earliest stages.

Anyone can benefit from an annual physical — an all-around health evaluation you undergo each year.

The Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services team also offers specialized physicals for specific purposes.

What specialized physicals are available?

Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services offers several specialized physicals, including:

School, camp, and sports physicals

Children often need physicals for school, before attending summer camp, or if they play sports. After the physical, the team completes any forms required for your child to participate in these activities. Adults taking up a new sport or joining a different team might also need a sports physical.

Pre-employment physicals

Pre-employment physicals ensure that employees are safe and healthy enough to do their jobs. During the exam, the team assesses your suitability for the position and completes any paperwork to certify you can do the work required. Some employers ask for drug screenings as part of pre-employment physicals.

DOT physicals

DOT (Department of Transportation) physicals certify that drivers are healthy and fit enough to operate commercial vehicles safely. During a DOT physical, the team evaluates your vision and hearing in addition to blood pressure and overall physical health.

Well-woman exams

A well-woman exam or women’s health physical is similar to an annual physical but focuses more on reproductive and sexual health.

What happens during a physical?

The specifics of your physical vary depending on which type you’re having. However, most physicals involve some general wellness checks.

After reviewing your medical history, the Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services team performs a physical exam, testing your blood pressure, temperature, heart and respiration rate, and reflexes. 

They examine your body for signs of ill health, checking your joints, eyes, mouth, throat, skin, and hair. They also palpate (feel from the outside) internal organs like the liver. Screening tests are also an essential part of an annual physical. These tests cover:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Vision and hearing loss
  • Mental health problems like depression
  • Infections
  • Diabetes (blood sugar levels)
  • High cholesterol
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Dietary deficiencies

Cancer screening may form part of your physical. For example, a well-woman exam might include a breast cancer exam and a Pap smear to check for early signs of cervical cancer.

If there are concerns about your physical exam or test results, the team might recommend further investigation.

To schedule your physical, call Comprehensive Healthcare & Wellness Services today or book an appointment online.