Physicals Specialist

BridgeSpan Medicine

Adolescent Medicine Physicians & Pediatricians located in Purchase, NY

Physicals at BridgeSpan Medicine evaluate your child’s overall health and make sure that they don’t have any medical issues requiring attention right away. Having regular physicals is especially important during the adolescent years, as your child’s body goes through so many changes during this time. The experienced doctors at BridgeSpan Medicine in Purchase and Harrison, New York, have a true understanding of everything that can affect health during these years. Call the office or book an appointment with online scheduling.

Physicals Q & A

Why do adolescents need regular physicals?

Regular physicals are important for all ages — and they're particularly essential for teens and young adults. When the body is changing constantly, as it does during the adolescent years, it's sometimes hard to recognize problems or potential health issues. 

During physicals, the BridgeSpan Medicine team can find potential problems in the early stages, allowing children to get the care they need before the problem gets serious or threatens their health. 

Regular physicals are also a good way to make sure your child’s doing everything necessary for long-term good health. The choices your child makes now, when they’re still young, play a huge role in their health 20, 30, 40, and more years down the line. 

Your child’s BridgeSpan Medicine doctor can help them take healthy steps now so they don't struggle with chronic illness as an adult.

How often should teenagers schedule a physical?

BridgeSpan Medicine recommends a customized physical exam schedule for your child. If your child’s generally healthy and doesn't have chronic health conditions, they usually need a yearly physical.

If your child has health problems like diabetes, asthma, or other chronic conditions, they may need a physical more often to manage their condition effectively. 

It's important to schedule physicals when your child’s healthy. A physical isn't like a sick visit, in which the goal is to get the patient feeling better fast. With a physical, the goal is to keep your child feeling healthy over the long term. 

What happens during a physical?

Your child’s doctor reviews their personal medical history and your family's health history. Then, they discuss any health challenges or physical changes since your child’s last physical. 

Your child’s provider performs a physical exam that includes: 

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Vital signs
  • Flexibility
  • Joint strength
  • Heart function
  • Lung function
  • Eyesight
  • Hearing

If your child has any chronic illnesses or is at risk for conditions like diabetes, their doctor may perform lab tests as part of the physical. If your child needs any new immunizations, such as the HPV or flu vaccine, they can get it during the physical. 

BridgeSpan Medicine offers school physicals, camp physicals, and routine annual physicals that they customize for your child’s needs. Call the office or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.