A back to school physical may be required if your child plays sports. School physicals are also required when your child is entering grammar school, middle school or high school. A physical exam is important to evaluate any issues your child may have with their health, and help protect your child from various diseases.
What to Expect During a Back to School Physical
School physicals at LaGrange Medical Center and Urgent Care include one of our doctors performing a complete physical exam and reviewing your child’s medical history.
Based on the child’s age and gender, physical exams will vary. An annual physical may include:
- Discussing the medical history of your child and your family.
- Checking your child’s height and weight.
- Check your child’s vital signs including heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, and respiration rate.
- Check your child’s heart, lungs, head and neck, lymph nodes, abdomen, skin, joints, muscles, and spine.
- Check the eyes, ears, nose, and throat.
Vaccination status and an update on your personal and family medical history will be a discussion as well.
It would be helpful to prepare yourself for questions your doctor may high school students. Lifestyle behaviors like sexual health, alcohol usage, smoking, diet, and exercise may be mentioned. Your skin may also be a topic of discussion as well, it should appear healthy to your doctor.
Another point that shouldn’t go unnoticed is the general appearance of the patient. Your doctor will gather information about your health just by communicating and examining the patient. They will pay keen attention to your mental quickness and memory.
What to Bring to an Annual Physical
You should bring your child’s immunization records. Bring a list of any medications your child takes, including prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Annual physicals are essential to any person’s life and health. They should be taken seriously. If you’re not in the annual routine of receiving a physical, we recommend scheduling an appointment, as soon as possible. An annual physical could detect a serious problem with a person’s life.
If you need to schedule a back to school physical for your child, call LaGrange Medical Center and Urgent Care at 708-352-0330 for an appointment. We are located at 6170 Joliet Road in Countryside, Illinois.