Physical Exams

North City Urgent Care

Daniel Bekele, MD, AP

Urgent Care & Primary Care located in St. Louis, MO

Preventive care can catch illnesses and conditions early on, and one of the very best ways to do this is to get a routine physical. If you live or work in St. Louis and would like a physical, simply stop into the North City Urgent Care, where Dr. Daniel Bekele and his team perform general checkups and physicals tailored to school, work, sports, and Department of Transportation requirements (coming soon). For faster service, pre-register via the online portal.

Physical Exams

What are physicals?

Administered once per year or whenever an organization requires it for you, physicals are basic medical examinations. A visit to your doctor is like a tune-up, a check for signs of common health conditions. These routine exams play a good part in preventive care.

What are the benefits of physicals?

Annual and required physical exams offer many benefits, such as:

  • Early disease detection
  • Learning and preventing lifestyle-related conditions
  • Clearance to work (when passed), as required by some employers
  • Assessing potential risk factors
  • Diet, exercise, and treatment advice

Whether recommended or required, physicals are an important part of your overall health care plan.

What are the required physicals?

Sometimes physicals are mandatory, such as sports physicals, school physicals, pre-employment physicals, and Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals. 

For sports, a physical exam and medical history evaluation determine whether it’s safe for you or your child to enjoy a sport or athletic camp. 

A school physical will check: 

  • Height
  • Weight
  • BMI
  • Vision
  • Spine, muscle, and joint development
  • Vaccination records
  • Medical history

This ensures your child is safe, healthy, and immunized. 

DOT physicals are required for transportation industry professionals, such as bus and truck drivers. Dr. Bekele examines your blood pressure, heart rate, vision, and hearing. He takes your medical history into account when performing tests, such as a urinalysis, and looks for any underlying or developing health issues.

Pre-employment physicals determine the physical and mental wellness of candidates. Dr. Bekele assesses your joints, muscles, reflexes, and vision. Drug and alcohol tests are performed, and any medication and health history are evaluated.

What do physicals check?

Physical exams include observations, measurements, tests, and questions about chronic issues or pain development.

Most physicians examine:

  • Skin appearance
  • Mental state
  • Medical history
  • Vaccination status
  • Risky lifestyle habits (drug or alcohol use, sexual activity, smoking)
  • Diet and exercise habits
  • Vital signs (heart rate and rhythm, breath rate and ease, temperature, blood pressure)
  • Motor skills, reflexes, and balance
  • Oral health
  • Other infection zones (lymph nodes, thyroid, abdomen, eyes, ear canals, nostrils)

Dr. Bekele looks for signs of illnesses and health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, skin cancer, dementia, obesity, and heart arrhythmia. 

Certain lab tests may be recommended in order to detect weakened immune system, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, bad cholesterol levels, and other possible conditions like colon cancer (if you’re over 50 years of age).

If you’re local to St. Louis and are in need of a physical for school or work, or are due for an annual exam, visit North City Urgent Care today.