Physical Exam

Cyrus Lavian, M.D. -  - Internist

Valley Medical Urgent Care

Cyrus Lavian, M.D.

Internist located in Panorama City, CA

Whether you’re applying for a new job, in the process of attaining immigration status, or if it’s just that time of year again, a physical exam is an important part of determining and monitoring your overall level of health. Though physical exams are one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor, it’s still vital that you see a trustworthy and experienced physician for this type of evaluation. For more information, call Cyrus Lavian, MD, at Valley Medical Urgent Care in Panorama City, California, or set up an appointment online.

Physical Exam Q & A

What is a physical exam?

A regular physical exam is a vital aspect of maintaining your health. It’s an opportunity for Dr. Lavian to make sure everything is working as it should be, to test for any conditions you may have without realizing it, and for you to ask any questions you may have for him.

Why would I need a physical exam?

In addition to your health and safety, there are a number of other reasons you may need a physical. Physical exams are often part of the immigration process, and you may need to be tested for communicable diseases or other conditions. You’ll often be asked to get a physical exam when you start a new job, get new insurance, or enroll in college.

Certain jobs, like driving large trucks and operating heavy machinery, will require a specialized physical from the Department of Transportation to ensure you’re healthy enough to use these machines without endangering the public. In these exams, special consideration will be given to hearing and vision, the likelihood of developing diabetes or low blood sugar, and any heart disease or cardiovascular problems.

Whatever your reasons for needing a physical exam, Dr. Lavian provides a personalized experience to his patients and can perform all the necessary tests.

What should I expect when I get a physical exam?

Your physical should be a quick but thorough examination of your body’s overall health and the function of its major systems. First, Dr. Lavian will address any questions or concerns you may have, and, if it’s your first visit, learn a little more about your medical history.

Dr. Lavian will check your vital signs, like blood pressure, heart, and respiration rates, and he’ll examine your general appearance for any signs of disease.  He’ll use a stethoscope to examine your lungs and heart, and will examine your throat and inside of your mouth. He’ll probably palpate your abdomen in search of any tenderness or liver swelling, and do a quick test of your reflexes as well.

If necessary, he’ll take a sample for lab tests, and if you’re otherwise healthy, he’ll likely prescribe preventive care for any areas of future concern. After you discuss any necessary tests or treatments going forward, you’ll be done with your exam.

If it’s time for your next physical, call Valley Medical Urgent Care today to make an appointment, or make one online.