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Physical examinations are an important piece of your child’s healthcare. These are also known as “physicals,” “checkups,” or “well child exams.” They are designed to monitor your child’s health, growth, and development. These are a great time to address any issues or concerns that may have arisen. While it is appropriate to bring up any and all concerns about your child during his or her physical, many of the issues brought up will be better addressed at a separate visit specifically designed to discuss that particular problem. School physicals also help notify and advise the school of any specific health issues that may affect your child, such as asthma, allergies or chronic conditions. Summer camp and sports physicals can alert coaches to any medical issues or injuries that they should be aware of.
During your child’s physical exam, the physician will review your child’s health history, perform a complete medical exam, and complete any paperwork required by your sports team, summer camp or school.
Many times school physicals and sports physicals can be completed based on previous well visits for our existing families. We consider most physicals to be timely if performed within the previous year, although some specific entities will have their own requirements (eg, within the calendar year). If your current physical with us is appropriate, we will be happy to complete most forms you provide to us. In these circumstances, we ask for 24 business hours to complete the forms. Please be sure to fill out any portion of the form that is to be completed by the parent or guardian before giving the form to our office. This helps ensure the timely return of the requested forms.
If your child has not had a well visit with us in the last year, a well visit appointment or a sports physical appointment must be scheduled and done first before we can complete the form. Please remember to complete all portions of the form that need to be filled out by your family and bring the form to your appointment. Our staff will complete the remaining portions of the form at the time of the visit.