Physical Exams

Jonah Medical Group

Family Practice & Internal Medicine Specialist located in Los Angeles, CA

A physical exam is an effective diagnostic and preventive-care tool to evaluate your health and identify any abnormalities. At Jonah Medical Group in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, Dr. Edwin Choi offers comprehensive physical exams and takes time to assess the individual medical concerns of every man and woman. For quality care, call or schedule your consultation online.

Physical Exams Q & A

What is a physical exam?

A physical exam can be part of a general preventive-care checkup, or it can be used more specifically to examine a certain medical concern or complication.

Your physical exam incorporates your medical and family history, an in-depth discussion and consultation with Dr. Choi, time to answer any questions you might have, and a physical assessment. Depending on your age, current state of health, and medical and family history, Dr. Choi might recommend additional testing and bloodwork.

Why would I need a physical exam?

Dr. Choi might recommend a physical exam to:

  • Check for possible diseases
  • Update any necessary immunizations
  • Identify issues that might develop into medical complications
  • Ensure that you’re maintaining healthy nutrition and exercise

In some cases, a physical exam might be performed before a surgery or before you begin treatment for a medical condition.

How can I prepare for a physical exam?

To make the most out of your time with Dr. Choi, it’s helpful to prepare for your physical exam and gather information or paperwork to show:

  • Any relevant recent test results
  • Your medical and surgical history
  • Any additional questions you might have
  • A list of any symptoms or pain you’re experiencing
  • Names and contact information of other doctors you’ve visited recently
  • Your list of current medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs

You might want to dress in clothing that’s comfortable and avoid excess jewelry and makeup that could interfere with the exam.

What does a physical exam involve?

Your physical exam begins with an in-depth discussion. Next, Dr. Choi checks your height, weight, and pulse, and inspects your body for unusual marks or growths. Dr. Choi might examine your abdomen and other parts of your body and evaluate the location, consistency, size, texture, and tenderness of your individual organs.

Dr. Choi uses a stethoscope – a device to listen to certain body parts, such as your lungs and intestines. He also listens to your heart’s rhythm to assess your heart function.

Dr. Choi might send you for bloodwork and evaluate your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood-sugar levels, inflammatory markers, and other key factors that can help paint a clear picture of your health. He might also use a technique called percussion, where he gently taps your body like a drum to discover any fluid and assess your organs.

If you’re due for a physical exam and have concerns, call or click to schedule online.