Healthy Physicals Specialist

Natomas Family Practice

Family Practice located in Sacramento, CA

No matter your age or activity level, a healthy physical ensures you’re on top of your game and in the pink of health. A healthy physical performed by either Dr. Patrick Lau or Dr. Steve Hwang at Natomas Family Practice in Sacramento, California, is a thorough exam that monitors your health. It’s also a great time to ask the doctors about any concerns you may have. To set up your healthy physical, call or book an appointment online.

Healthy Physicals Q & A

Natomas Family Practice

What are healthy physicals?

A healthy physical is a great way for you and the doctor to keep track of your health. During the exam, the doctor generally records the following basic information:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Height
  • Weight

From there, Dr. Lau or Dr. Hwang goes over your medical history, then performs a physical examination of your body, and a number of tests to monitor your motor and cognitive skills. The doctor asks about your current medications, including over-the-counter medicine and any nutritional supplements.

Healthy physicals play an important role in both your preventive care and overall wellness. These one-on-one sessions with the doctor also allow you an opportunity to discuss any concerns about your current or future health and the steps you can take to maintain your health.

Do you offer sports physicals?

Yes. If you need a sports physical for the upcoming football, basketball, soccer, field hockey, cheerleading, or other sports season, Natomas Family Practice can help. Sports physicals include both a medical history and a physical exam.

The medical history is simply a review of health and wellness up to the present. The doctors ask about any past illnesses, surgeries, injuries, and health issues. The medical history also includes a list of all allergies and current medications.

After the medical history, the doctor performs a thorough physical examination. This includes:

  • Height and weight
  • Vital signs: blood pressure, pulse
  • Vision exam
  • Heart and lungs check
  • Gentle palpation of the abdomen
  • Ear, nose, and throat examination
  • Posture evaluation
  • Strength, flexibility, and reflexes tests

At the end of the physical, the doctor issues a sports physical certificate, which remains valid for a full year. This means that most children and teens who play team sports need to have a sports physical at the beginning of each school year or sports season.

How often should I have a healthy physical?

If you’re in good health, you should see Dr. Lau or Dr. Hwang once a year for a healthy physical. However, if you’re diagnosed with a chronic condition, or you fall into a high-risk group, such as having a hereditary predisposition to certain cancers, the doctors may recommend more frequent visits.

To make an appointment at Natomas Family Practice for a healthy physical, call the office or book an appointment online.