Physicals Specialist

Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance Primary Care

General Internal Medicine located in Downtown Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

An annual physical or wellness exam is an extremely effective way of safeguarding your health. Physicals are also a requirement for certain activities and occupations. If you need a physical, Ahmar Butt, MD, Lalasa Valasareddi, MD, at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance, provides comprehensive exams for men, women, and children in the Downtown Brooklyn area of Brooklyn, New York. Find out more by calling Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance Primary Care today or book an appointment online.

Physicals Q&A

What are physicals?

Physicals are medical health assessments that you might need to undergo for a variety of reasons. One of the primary uses of physicals is to examine whether there are any indicators of disease or health issues that your doctor needs to treat.

Annual physicals or wellness exams are a vital part of keeping yourself healthy and preventing a serious disease from developing unchecked. Some of the most dangerous conditions cause few or, in some cases, no symptoms until they reach an advanced stage. Diabetes is one example, along with high blood pressure, which can lead to stroke, heart attack, and kidney failure.

You might also need a physical before you go traveling, or you might have to get medical clearance to participate in sports. Your child might need a physical for school or camp, or you might have to undergo a physical for insurance purposes or before starting a new job.

If you drive for a living, you might need to undergo a DOT (Department of Transportation) physical to receive your commercial driver's license.

What happens at a physical exam?

The exact procedure Dr. Butt follows for your physical might vary depending upon the purpose of your exam. Most exams begin with discussing your current health, how you feel, and any symptoms you've noticed.

Dr. Butt checks your medical history and orders routine blood and urine tests. These tests show common problems like raised blood glucose levels and high cholesterol, which are indicators of underlying health conditions.

Dr. Butt also carries out a thorough physical exam, beginning with measuring vital signs and responses, including:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Respiration rate
  • Temperature
  • Reflexes
  • Heart and lung sounds

If any symptoms need further investigation, Dr. Butt can organize additional diagnostic tests or refer you to a specialist.

Are physicals necessary?

Physicals are a crucial part of your wellness plan and a key tool in preventive medicine. Regular physicals help you avoid complications from underlying illnesses or prevent them from occurring in the first place.

If you haven't had a physical in a while or you need one to participate in an activity, call Ahmar Butt, MD, and the team at Brooklyn Health Medical Alliance. You can also use the convenient online booking tool to schedule.