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Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine -  - Family Medicine

Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine

Family Medicine & Medical Weight Loss located in Orland Park, IL

A physical is an excellent way to check in on your health and make sure you’re getting the medical care you need. Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine offers yearly general physicals, well-child visits, sports physicals, and work physicals at their office in Orland Park, Illinois. If you or a family member needs a physical, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Physicals Q & A

Why are physicals important?

Physical exams are the best way to identify health and developmental issues in their earliest stages. Many health issues, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes, don’t cause symptoms in their early stages, which is also when treatment is usually easiest. 

The tests and health screenings provided at your annual physical allow your provider to track your health and identify changes before you notice any symptoms. If you already have a health issue, your annual physical is a critical part of managing the condition.

Physicals are also essential to your children’s health. Your provider monitors your child’s mental, emotional, and social development as well as their physical growth and health. Children develop rapidly, and your doctor can help ensure that all aspects of your child’s health are on track. 

What happens during a physical?

After you check in with the friendly front office staff, a clinical team member calls you to the treatment area. They measure your height, weight, and blood pressure before escorting you to the examination room. 

Your health care provider reviews your medical history and asks about any changes or new concerns since your last visit. 

During the physical exam, they:

  • Listen to your heart and lungs
  • Look into your ears, eyes, nose, and throat
  • Feel your abdomen for swelling or other abnormalities
  • Test your grip, balance, and reflexes
  • Perform any other necessary health screenings

After the physical exam, you and your provider discuss your health and how you can improve and protect it. They may recommend dietary changes, weight loss, or other lifestyle changes. Physicals are an excellent opportunity to get personalized health advice.

Your provider reviews any medications, vitamins, or supplements that you take regularly and renews prescriptions as needed. 

How should I prepare for a physical?

Bring a list of any medications you take, recent test results, and your insurance card. If you or your child are having a school, sports, or work physical, make sure to bring the paperwork for your provider to complete.

Some patients like to bring a list of questions and concerns to ensure they don’t forget to ask their provider while they have the chance. 

Call Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine today or make an appointment online if you or a family member need a physical.