Physical Examinations Specialist

Family Practice Associates

Family Practice & General Practitioners located in Broomfield, CO

Routine physical exams are the cornerstone of preventive medicine. As family care providers, Pamela Abrams, MD, and the compassionate team at Family Practice Associates, PC, offer physical exams for men, women, and children in and around Broomfield, Colorado. If you need a physical exam for work, school, sports, or as part of a preventive screening, call Family Practice Associates or book an appointment online today.

Physical Examinations Q & A

Family Practice Associates

Why are physical exams important?

There are numerous reasons you may require a physical exam. Sometimes, your employer or school requires a physical exam to ensure you're physically fit enough to perform a particular job or play a sport.

Even when they’re not required, physical exams, sometimes called annual exams, are essential to maintaining good health. When you visit Family Practice Associates for annual exams, you develop a trusting relationship with Dr. Abrams and her team. This makes it easier for them to identify any changes in your health that may indicate underlying medical issues.

Since early detection is key, physical exams improve your chances of fighting severe diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. This, in turn, helps you live a longer, happier, and healthier life.

What does a physical exam involve?

The team at Family Practice Associates tailors your annual exam based on factors such as your age, sex, medical history, and lifestyle. In general, you can expect the team at Family Practice Associates to:

  • Review your medical history
  • Check your vital signs such as blood pressure and heart rate
  • Listen to your heart and lungs
  • Palpate your abdomen
  • Visually examine your skin and physical appearance
  • Check your head and neck, including tonsils, lymph nodes, and sinuses

They may perform additional tests specific to men’s health or women’s health issues, depending on your needs.

What types of preventive care do I need

Preventive care may involve screening for signs of common medical conditions. The types of preventive screening and services you need depend on your age, sex, and risk factors for those diseases.

Dr. Abrams and the team at Family Practice Associates relies on information from your medical history, as well as observations during your physical exam, to determine what types of tests you need, and how often.

Examples of common preventive care services include:

  • Breast cancer screening
  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Diabetes tests
  • Pelvic exams
  • Pap tests
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Vaccinations

Dr. Abrams may also offer counseling on lifestyle choices that affect your risk for disease, such as:

  • Eating well
  • Quitting smoking
  • Losing weight
  • Treating depression
  • Reducing alcohol use

To schedule your physical exam, call Family Practice Associates or book an appointment online today.