Physicals Specialist

Decatur Health and Wellness

Rosiland Harrington, MD, MSCR

Family Medicine & Obesity Medicine located in Tucker, GA

An annual physical or wellness exam is an extremely effective way of safeguarding your health, but physicals are also a requirement for some activities and under various regulations. If you need a physical for any reason, Rosiland Harrington, MD, MSCR, of Decatur Health and Wellness, provides comprehensive exams for men, women, and children in Tucker, Georgia. Find out more by calling Decatur Health and Wellness 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 you to see if there are any indicators of disease or health issues that Dr. Harrington needs to treat.

Annual physicals or wellness exams are a vital part of keeping yourself healthy and preventing 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, and high blood pressure, which can lead to stroke, heart attack, and kidney failure, is another.

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.

Decatur Health and Wellness offers all types of physicals for your entire family.

What happens at a physical?

The exact procedure Dr. Harrington follows for your physical might vary depending on what the exam is for, but is likely to begin with a discussion of your current health, how you feel, and any symptoms you’ve noticed.

Dr. Harrington always checks your medical history, too, 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. Harrington 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

Dr. Harrington can also pick up clues about your health by observing how you move, how well you respond physically and mentally, and the condition of your skin, hair, and nails.

If there are any issues that need further investigation, Dr. Harrington organizes more diagnostic tests, for example, X-rays, ultrasound scans, and MRI or CT scans.

Does everyone undergo the same physical exam?

Both men and women undergo the same physical exam for the most part, but there are differences when it comes to reproductive health.

If you’re a man, you need to have your genitals and prostate checked, and a hernia exam. If you’re a woman, Dr. Harrington carries out a pelvic exam, and if you’re due for one, a Pap smear to screen for abnormal cells that may indicate cervical cancer.

Whatever the reason you need a physical, call Decatur Health and Wellness today or book an appointment online.