Physical Exams Specialist

Webster Clinic -  - Transitional Care Clinic

Webster Clinic

Transitional Care Clinic located in Webster, TX

Physical exams are an essential component to maintaining a healthy life and protecting yourself against disease and illness. If you live in the Webster, TX area and have been looking for a doctor you can trust with your and your loved ones' health, then schedule an initial consultation and physical exam with internist Dr. Janis Fowler-Gulde today.

Physical Exams Q & A

Webster Clinic

What is a Physical Exam?

A physical examination is a valuable tool that a doctor can use to assess your overall health and screen for potential problems. Most people need at least one physical exam a year, but some may need more depending on their health.

The basic physical examination may be short or long, but typically includes the following key areas:

  • Patient History: Dr. Fowler-Gulde will review your past medical history and discuss any questions you may have.
  • Vital Signs: You'll have measurements taken of your height, weight, temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen saturation of your blood.
  • Heart, Lung, Head and Neck Exam: Using tools such as a stethoscope, otoscope, or even her hands, the doctor will take a close look at (or listen to!) your skin, ears, eyes, mouth, teeth, gums, heart, lungs, and abdomen; the doctor will also briefly scan and assess your overall appearance.
  • Neurological Exam: A series of tests can be used to measure the function of your cranial nerves, reflexes, and sensation.

Dr. Fowler-Gulde may perform other tests and measures (including different tests for males or females). She may order blood work to check the function of certain organs and internal bodily systems. Lastly, she'll discuss with your recommendations based on her examination findings.

How Should I Prepare for a Physical Exam?

For your next physical exam, bring along a list of all your current medications so that you can review this with your doctor. It's also helpful to bring a list of questions or concerns. It's perfectly normal to be a little nervous, and it's amazing how quickly you can forget something that you wanted to ask when you're sitting there in the examination room!

If your doctor wants to run specific tests, such as fasting blood glucose levels, you may be asked to hold off on eating for several hours beforehand. You're welcome to wear comfortable clothes, although to improve the accuracy and ability of the physical exam, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown. As always, your privacy is respected and fully maintained.

Accepted Insurance Providers

Webster Clinic works with most major insurances. If you have any questions, please call our office and one of our knowledgeable staff members would be happy to help.

Aetna
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Cigna
Humana
Key Benefit Administrators
Medicare
Memorial Hermann
State Farm
United Healthcare