Annual Physical Exams Specialist

Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center

Primary Care Physician & Sports Medicine located in San Diego, CA

When it comes to your health, what you don’t know could be hurting you. Regular physical exams are a fundamental part of maintaining and optimizing your well-being. Primary care physician Dr. Wong performs physical exams and administers vaccinations for patients of all ages at Metropolitan Comprehensive Medical Center in San Diego, California. If you need a physical, call or book an appointment online today.

Annual Physical Exams Q & A

What is a physical exam?

Physical exams provide a vital window into your overall health. By screening for early signs of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions, Dr. Wong can catch and treat illnesses early. Additionally, he makes sure that your vaccinations are current, safeguarding you from shingles, flu, and many other infections.

What types of physical exams can be performed?

The type of physical exam you require depends on your age, lifestyle, medical history, and in some cases, occupation. Dr. Wong is proficient in a suite of medical exams, including:

  • Annual physicals
  • Department of Transportation physicals
  • Preoperative physicals
  • Sports physicals

What happens during a physical exam?

Your vital signs are the foundation of any physical exam. After checking your blood pressure, heart rate, and weight, Dr. Wong discusses his findings and asks follow-up questions about your health. If necessary, he’ll order tests for cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, or HIV.

Physicals for the California Department of Transportation require vision and hearing tests, blood-sugar checks, and screening for substances like amphetamines, narcotics, or other habit-forming drugs.

Because prevention is your first line of defense against disease, Dr. Wong might recommend a wellness plan to help you lose weight, build strength, decrease stress, and improve your overall quality of life.

Why do I need to get vaccinated during my physical exam?

From babies to the elderly, vaccines protect patients from devastating and potentially fatal diseases. Your physical is a great time to get up-to-date with vaccinations. Dr. Wong recommends that children from birth to 18 years be vaccinated for:

  • Chickenpox
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis
  • Hepatitis A and B
  • Influenza
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Polio

Whether you’re 19 or 99, it’s important to make sure your vaccinations are current. You should get an annual influenza vaccine and periodically renew vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Additionally, adults over age 65 should receive vaccinations for shingles and pneumococcal viruses.

Lastly, if you frequently travel to foreign countries, Dr. Wong might recommend other vaccines based on prevalent diseases in those regions.

Regular physical exams are the keys to good health. Dr. Wong has the skills and experience to treat you and every member of your family. Call or book an appointment online today.