Physical Exam Specialist

Ross Bridge Medical Center -  - Internal Medicine - Primary Care and Urgent Care Center

Ross Bridge Medical Center

Internal Medicine - Primary Care and Urgent Care Center located in Hoover, AL

There are many reasons for physicals today, from basic wellness checkups to immigration physicals to back-to-school or sports physicals. Physicals can also be a good chance to discuss new or chronic symptoms that you’re dealing with. The experienced urgent care team at Ross Bridge Medical Center in Hoover, Alabama, provides Birmingham-area patients with the best in dedicated care. Book your physical online or by phone now.

Physical Examinations Q & A

How often do I need to have a wellness physical?

It depends on factors specific to you, including your general health and your age. For most patients, a yearly wellness physical is a good idea. Many insurance companies, including Medicare, cover annual wellness physicals.

If you have chronic conditions like diabetes or hypertension, it’s especially important that you have wellness physicals at least once a year so your doctor can monitor you for changes and make treatment adjustments, if necessary.

What is an immigration physical?

You need an immigration physical if you’re applying for permanent United States residency. You’ll bring an I-693 form with you for your doctor to complete.

An immigration physical includes a review of your medical history, a comprehensive physical exam, and two specific tests, one for tuberculosis and the other for syphilis.

The tuberculosis test can be either a skin test or a blood test, which may be followed by a chest X-ray to verify tuberculosis and to assess damage. The syphilis test is a blood test.

During the comprehensive physical exam, your doctor checks the following:

  • Eyes
  • Ears
  • Nose
  • Throat
  • Lymph nodes
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Reflexes

The physicians at Ross Bridge Medical Center are U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) civil surgeons, which means that they're specially designated by USCIS to perform immigration exams.

After your immigration physical, your doctor completes the I-693 form and gives it back to you in a sealed envelope. Don’t open this envelope, as USCIS accepts only sealed envelopes for immigration physical results.

What are some issues that may come up during a physical?

At your physical, you should mention any problems you’re dealing with, and the exam itself may raise some issues. Some common problems that may be discussed during a physical at Ross Bridge Medical Center include:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Common cold
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis

If you’re dealing with any of the above issues, your physician can prescribe appropriate treatment during your visit. This may include medication, simple lifestyle changes, or follow-up care if it’s a chronic condition.

Need a physical exam? The experienced physicians at Ross Bridge Medical Center have the latest state-of-the-art equipment and are ready to help. Book online or call the office anytime.