Physical Exam Specialist

Family Medical Wellness Center

Family Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Elkridge, MD

Physical exams are a simple, routine way to check up on your overall health. With more than 20 years of experience, Rubina Alvi, MD, and her team at Family Medical Wellness Center in Elkridge, Columbia and Ellicott City, Maryland, use physical exams to identify a wide range of medical concerns as early as possible to help you maintain good health. Book an appointment by calling the Howard County office or using the online booking tool today.

Physical Exam Q&A

Why do I need a physical exam?

Physical exams are a routine part of your annual wellness visit. Your doctor uses physical exams to determine the general status of your overall health. Physical exams also allow you to discuss any concerns or recent changes to your health. Dr. Alvi also uses physical exams to help identify a wide range of medical conditions and injuries. Whether you’re looking to maintain good health or address a medical concern, physical exams are typically the first step in addressing your health care needs. 


What are the different types of physical exams?

The details of your physical exam depending on your age, gender, and medical concerns. The different types of medical exams include:

Child physical

A well-child visit or checkup is an important part of keeping up with your child’s health and development. During your child’s physical exam, Dr. Alvi checks a number of your child’s systems to ensure they’re functioning properly. She examines your child’s breathing, blood pressure, vision, and hearing. She also measures their height and weight to ensure they’re developing properly. You also discuss your child’s activity level, school performance, and sleep health.

Men’s physical

Physicals for adults involve several examinations, including a check of your blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and motor functions. Dr. Alvi also feels your abdomen and other areas of your body for tenderness and other abnormalities. Physicals for men can include some additional tests, like a prostate cancer screening and testicular exam.  

Women’s physical

In addition to the standard evaluations, a physical exam for women may include additional evaluations, like a breast exam and pelvic exam. 


Geriatric physical

A geriatric physical helps identify many illnesses and injuries associated with older adults. During a geriatric physical, Dr. Alvi pays special attention to hearing, vision, mobility, and cognition.   


How should I prepare for my physical exam?

Before your physical exam, you should be prepared to discuss your medical history and personal health. You should also keep a list of your current medications as well as any new medications you’ve started since your last exam. Routine physical exams are important for patients of all ages. Family Medicine and Dental Wellness Center makes it easy for you to access the care you need for your entire family. 

To schedule your next visit, call the office, or book an appointment online today.