It may not be on your list of favorites, but a physical exam is a valuable tool in your preventive healthcare kit. Dr. Alfredo Quinonez is an internal medicine specialist who leads the team at Gaslamp Medical Center in San Diego, California. Whether you’re presenting for an annual physical or as part of your pre-employment screening, he strives to make you feel at home as he provides quality medical care for first-time visitors and established patients. Schedule your physical by calling, or use their handy online appointment tool.
There are many different variations of a physical exam and each variant depends on the reason for your visit.
When you see Dr. Quinonez for a specific problem, the focus of the exam is generally on your symptoms. If you’re having knee pain, Dr. Quinonez gives your heart a listen and checks your lung sounds, but he spends most of the exam time assessing the health of your knee.
If a sore throat brought you to the office, he virtually ignores your knee and focuses on your throat and other connected systems such as your ears, your sinuses, and the size of the lymph nodes in your neck.
A pre-employment physical is directed by the job you’re considering. The exam may include physical abilities testing and an audiogram to check your hearing. Screening labs are often requested by potential employers and may include drug and alcohol testing.
An annual physical is also called a wellness exam and takes a comprehensive view of your current as well as your future health. This includes a very thorough physical and a careful review of your medical history, current medications, family history, and any issues that are bothering you. It’s also the time to discuss healthy nutrition, physical activity, and other preventive measures such as screening labs.
The physical portion of your wellness checkup includes a head to toe examination of your body. Dr. Quinonez evaluates your:
The exam also includes a check of:
For women, a complete physical may include a breast and pelvic exam. Men can expect a testicular exam and, depending on age, a prostate exam.
Depending on your age, previous health history, and what he finds during the exam, Dr. Quinonez may recommend various screening labs, including: