Physical exams are designed to help all students stay safe and healthy throughout the duration of the school year. We want our community to be as safe as possible. That is why at AFC Urgent Care Methuen, we provide physical exams to all patients that are tailored to what they need. DOT physicals and immigration physicals are also offered to patients who need them. Visit our center today for a physical exam or treatment for any illness or injury.
What are school physicals for & why do we need them?
In the early years of anyone’s life, changes can happen rapidly to their health and body. Physical exams help ensure that your children are developing and growing properly and to look out for any potential concerns in the future. They can also help to make sure your child will not become injured or sick if they participate in certain activities at school.
During a school physical, the provider will want to discuss any family health concerns and medical history. Your child’s heart rate, height, weight, and blood pressure will also be checked at this time. The lungs, heart, abdomen, nose, mouth, teeth, and throat are also examined during a physical.
Physicals are often required to begin school or sports. In teenagers, they may also be considered to look out for mental health concerns or drug and alcohol abuse. This portion may include a discussion about concerns at home or how the teenager copes with certain problems.
When is the best time for a school physical?
The best time for your child to receive a school physical is before the next academic year begins. This is often in the summer before the following school year. Documentation is usually required to start the year or any sports they plan on participating in. They’re essential to making sure your child is healthy and ready to move forward in school.
Are school physicals considered preventative care?
Yes. Annual physicals are considered preventative care. This includes anything that may discuss the development of a person, as well as their sleep, nutrition, and safety habits. Special attention will be considered when there are certain milestones that may be of concern.
Preventative care visits are designed to make sure a patient’s health is where it needs to be. This can also include getting proper vaccinations when necessary. Your provider may also make recommendations to improve certain areas of health if there are any concerns.