Peace Valley Internal Medicine, P.C.
5039 Swamp Rd., Suite 401
PO Box 417
Fountainville, PA 18923
215-230-8380
215-230-8370 fax


 

Physical Examinations

Routine Exams | Sports Physicals | School Physicals
Pre-Employment Physical | Driver’s License | Pre-Operative Medical Clearance  

Routine Exams

We recommend adults have a routine physical exam each year to screen for diseases, determine the risks of possible future medical problems, update vaccinations and promote a healthy lifestyle. The majority of patients only seek medical attention if he/she is ill. By maintaining a relationship with your doctor, even when you are well, will allow us to recognize potential problems, like high blood pressure, early and treat them before they become more serious. During this exam, your physician will discuss your family history and medical history, as well as thoroughly examine the following for any abnormal signs/symptoms that may indicate an impending medical issue:

  • Skin
  • Entire head
  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Nose and sinuses
  • Mouth and pharynx
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Breast and armpits
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Abdomen
  • Rectum and anus
  • Reproductive Organs
  • Legs
  • Blood vessels
  • Spine

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Sports Physicals

A sports physical will determine if your child is physically fit enough to perform certain activities. Many sport organizations and schools require a physical exam prior to your child’s participation in a sport.

When you visit our office for a sports physical you can often expect that we will review your health history as well as discuss your family’s health history. The doctor will also:

  • Check blood pressure, pulse reading
  • Record weight and height
  • Check lungs, heart, abdomen, ears, nose and throat
  • Evaluate posture, joints, reflexes, strength, and flexibility
  • Check your vision

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School Physicals

We recommend annual school physicals for all school-aged children. School physical documentation is required for all children entering kindergarten, and for grades 1 – 12 if transferring from another school. If this is the first time you have seen one of our doctors, please bring with you the immunization card from your previous doctor.  Our doctor will review your child’s medical history, give immunizations and do any pertinent lab work that would reveal any suspected problems.  We will also discuss healthy lifestyle choices such as a balanced diet and physical activity. Help keep your child healthy and schedule an appointment today.

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Pre-Employment Physical

Some employers request a pre-employment physical to help determine if the prospective employee can meet the physical requirements of the job. These exams involve a review of your medical history and a physical exam as well as drug and alcohol screening. Depending on the type of job and the physical demands, the physical may also involve pulmonary function testing and physical ability tests.

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Driver’s License

In the State of Pennsylvania, a physical examination is required for obtaining your driver’s license.  Form DL-180 – “Medical Qualification Form” – must be filled out and signed by your doctor. This form is valid for one year from the date of the physical. During the physical, the doctor will go over your medical history with you and discuss and medical issues you may be experiencing. A physical examination will also take place to ensure that the driver is fit to operate a motor vehicle.

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Pre-Operative Medical Clearance

Surgeons routinely order medical pre-operative exams to ensure that the patient is in good condition to undergo surgery. If the patient has a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, this exam indicates whether it is under control. If the condition is not under control, complications could arise during or after surgery.

Preoperative testing will include a complete medical history, a physical examination, an EKG, X-rays, blood work and other specific lab tests (such as an urinalysis).

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