Physical Exam

Center4Health Medical Group

Elizabeth J. Covington, MD

Family Practice & Aesthetics located in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles, CA

A regular comprehensive physical exam is an essential part of maintaining your well-being. At the Center4Health, the team of providers spearheaded by Dr. Elizabeth Covington offers regular physicals to help evaluate and manage your health. Men, women, and families in Los Angeles can call the office or book an appointment online to schedule a physical exam today.

Physical Exam Q & A

Why is a physical exam necessary?

Even if you feel perfectly healthy, a physical exam can benefit you. Acquiring baseline numbers, such as weight and blood pressure, can help you understand your health and notice deviations when they happen. Drastic changes can signal a potential health problem.

Annual physical exams also check the health of all your major organs, including the reproductive organs for women. Many times, diseases such as high blood pressure or even Type 2 diabetes have no symptoms. An annual exam can catch these issues in their early stages and help prevent progression or complications.

What should I expect during a physical exam?

During a physical exam, your height, weight, blood pressure, temperature, and oxygen saturation levels are measured. Dr. Covington will evaluate your general appearance, looking at the brightness of your eyes, the health of your nails, and the appearance of your skin. She’ll listen to your heart and lungs and check your head and neck, particularly your tonsils and throat. She’ll also check your nervous system by testing your reflexes.

Men may have a prostate and penis exam. Women may undergo a well-woman exam to check their vagina and reproductive organs.

Laboratory tests are often ordered along with the physical exam, including a:

  • Complete blood count
  • Urinalysis
  • Metabolic blood panel
  • Cholesterol check

These tests can help assess your overall well-being and identify any underlying nutritional deficiencies or hormone problems.

What is a well-woman exam?

During a well-woman exam, the health of your reproductive organs is evaluated through a pelvic exam.

The provider from the Center4Health inserts a speculum into your vagina so they can evaluate your cervix and other reproductive organs. A Pap smear to check for cervical cancer or irregular cells is usually part of this exam. The doctor swabs your cervix and sends the collection of cells to a laboratory for analysis.

Along with the pelvic exam, you will also undergo a breast exam to check for breast cancer. After the age of 40, you’ll get a referral to have a mammogram to further check for this potentially fatal disease.

To schedule your comprehensive physical, call Center4Health or book an appointment online today.