Updated: Oct 9, 2021
A physical examination or a wellness check is a routine test your primary care provider
performs to assess your overall health. A primary care provider may be a doctor, a nurse
practitioner, or a physician assistant. The physical examination can be a good time to ask your
primary care provider questions about your health or discuss any changes or problems that you
have noticed. Depending on your age or medical or family history, your primary care provider
may recommend additional testing.
Proper preparation for your physical examination can help you get the most out of your
appointment with your primary care provider. We recommend you should gather the following
paperwork before your physical examination:
● List of any current medications you take, including any herbal supplements.
● List of any symptoms or pain you are experiencing.
● Results from any recent or relevant tests
● Medical and surgical history
● Names and contact information for other doctors you may have seen recently.
● The front and back of your device card if you have an implanted device such as a
pacemaker or defibrillator.
● Any additional questions you would like answered
We recommend dressing in comfortable clothing and avoiding any excess jewelry,
makeup, or other things on the day of your appointment that would prevent your primary care provider from fully examining your body.