Physical Exams

Physical Exams

Physical Exams services offered in Farmington, NM, Durango, Cortez and Pagosa Springs, CO and Blanding and Monticello, UT

Whether you need an annual physical or exam for sports, Innovation Medical Group Southwest Territory provides comprehensive assessments at their clinics in Farmington, New Mexico, Durango, Colorado, and Cortez, Colorado. The primary care specialists perform all types of physical exams, including Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals. To learn more, call Innovation Medical Group Southwest Territory today or schedule an appointment online.

Physical Exams Q & A

What are physical exams?

A physical exam is a routine health assessment that evaluates your overall health. These preventive screenings help identify early signs of disease and risk factors that may increase your chances of health complications. Physical exams are safe, noninvasive, low-cost tools that allow the Innovation Medical Group Southwest Territory team to monitor and protect your health.

What happens during physical exams?

Physical exams typically consist of two parts:

Medical history review

Reviewing your medical history helps the team pinpoint any risk factors you may have, so they can provide the best care possible. During your medical history review, the team asks detailed questions about your:

  • Family health history
  • Past and present medications
  • New or worsening health concerns
  • Past injuries, illnesses, or surgeries

The team also asks questions regarding your diet, activity levels, and certain lifestyle factors, like whether you smoke cigarettes or consume alcohol frequently.

Physical exam

During the physical portion of your exam, the team checks your height and weight and records your vitals. Next, they look inside your ears, nose, and throat before listening to your heart and lungs. The team then palpates your abdomen and tests your flexibility and muscle strength.

If you visit the clinic for a school, sports, or Department of Transportation (DOT) physical, the team may perform additional screenings to assess your health and fitness. Specialized physicals may also require paperwork and other documents to show that you’re healthy enough to participate in school, competitive sports, or drive a commercial vehicle.

How often do I need physical exams?

The Innovation Medical Group Southwest Territory team recommends visiting for an annual physical at least once a year. Routine physicals allow the team to refer back to your previous results and determine whether you’re experiencing changes in your health. 

Schools in Colorado and New Mexico often require physical exams at the beginning of the school year, while you may need clearance before joining a competitive sports team. Commercial truck drivers must undergo DOT physicals at least once every two years.

To learn more about physical exams, call Innovation Medical Group Southwest Territory today or schedule an appointment online.