What is a School Physical?
It is common for schools to require a school physical each year. A school physical is an exam where a physician or medical assistant will evaluate a child and make sure they are getting the right medical care to address the childs specific needs. Also, the school physical will ensure that the child has access to the right vaccines so that the child is better protected from unnecessary harm or serious illnesses. Extra curricular activities, such as sports, also require a school physical to make sure that the childs body is ready for the physical demands of that kind of activity.
What is reviewed?
During the physical, the medical personnel will review your child’s medical history. This helps the physician to find any patterns of chronic illness or conditions that may need treatment.
During the school physical, the medical personnel will do a comprehensive check of your child’s body. This usually includes recording the childs height and weight and taking the childs blood pressure and pulse. It also includes checking the childs vital organs such as the lungs and heart.
Additionally, the childs neck, chest, abdomen, lymph nodes, and spine will be reviewed. The childs sensory organs, such as the eyes, ears, skin, nose, mouth, teeth and throat will be reviewed as well.
Note on Immunizations
Many diseases that were once deadly, are now preventable with immunizations. During the visit, the medical personnel will give your child any necessary vaccinations.
Although school physical examinations may be inconvenient to schedule, they are not only mandatory, but provide a true medical benefit to everyones health and wellbeing. At our clinics, you have access to physicians that can schedule a time that best suits you and your family so that this required exam can be completed.
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