Physical Exam Specialist

Arthur Dove, M.D. P.C. -  - Internist

Harlem Laser Center

Arthur Dove, M.D. P.C.

Internist located in Harlem, New York, NY

A physical exam is a highly effective preventive care and diagnostic method that can detect abnormalities and reveal important information about your overall health. At Harlem Laser Center in Upper Manhattan, New York, physician Arthur Dove, MD, PC, provides physical exams and spends sufficient time evaluating your health, addressing your concerns, and improving your wellness. Schedule your physical exam online or call Arthur Dove, MD, PC, today.

Physical Exam Q & A

What is a physical exam?

Physical exams are used in medicine to assess certain medical concerns and as part of a general preventive care visit. Physical exams revolve around improving and evaluating your general health and wellness.

Annual physical exams are highly recommended and involve an in-depth discussion about your health, a physical assessment, a review of your medical and family history, and plenty of time to address your questions and concerns.

Why would I need a physical exam?

Your provider might suggest a physical exam to look for possible diseases, update any necessary vaccinations, and identify concerns that could become medical complications.

During your physical exam, your provider can ensure you’re living a healthy lifestyle with optimal nutrition, exercise, and stress management. Your provider might also perform a physical exam before treating a medical condition or an upcoming surgery.

How can I prepare for a physical exam?

If you spend time preparing for your physical exam, you can be sure you’re getting the most out of your time with your provider. Before your physical exam, you should try to gather certain information or paperwork, such as:

  • Your list of current medications
  • A list of your symptoms
  • Any recent test results
  • Your surgical and medical history
  • Contact information for any other doctors

Make sure you dress in comfortable clothing and avoid excess makeup or jewelry that could get in the way of your exam.

What does a physical exam involve?

A physical exam involves an in-depth consultation with your provider. Your provider also checks your weight, height, and pulse, and inspects your body for any unusual growths or marks.

If necessary, your provider examines your abdomen and other areas of your body, looking at the size, consistency, tenderness, location, and texture of your organs. Your provider might gently tap on your body like a drum. This technique is called percussion, and it helps assess organs and discover fluid.

Your provider uses a special instrument called a stethoscope to listen to the rhythm of your heart and assess how it functions. Your provider can also use a stethoscope to listen to specific organs, such as your intestines or lungs.

Your provider might request bloodwork to evaluate your cholesterol, blood sugar levels, and other important factors of your health.

Get the benefits of a physical exam and protect your health. Call Arthur Dove, MD, PC, or schedule online today.