If a yearly physical could save your life, wouldn’t you make that a priority? At Marlene Rocha Farooq, MD, in Long Beach, California, you can have your routine physical exam with one of the area’s most trusted and reputable physicians. Dr. Farooq helps both children and adults stay on track with their health, using the physical exam as a baseline for measuring overall wellness, disease risk factors, and areas where your health can be improved.

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What is a physical exam?

A routine physical exam is an opportunity for you to manage your health and monitor both your physical and mental well-being over time. When done regularly, this type of exam can help you:

  • Create a lasting relationship with your physician
  • Prevent diseases early or monitor disease risk factors
  • Discuss changes in your body or concerns you may have
  • Get appropriate screenings, vaccinations, or tests for your age

Even if you feel fine, a physical exam can confirm that you don’t have any medical issues that could become problematic if left untreated.

What happens during a physical exam?

Your physical exam, also commonly referred to as a wellness check, is performed by either Dr. Farooq, a nurse practitioner, or a physician’s assistant.

You can prepare for your appointment by making sure you have all of your relevant health history documents and information about any medications or supplements you’re currently taking.

The actual tests that are performed during your physical exam may vary depending on your health history, your age, or any symptoms you might be experiencing. In most cases, your practitioner will:

  • Ask questions about your lifestyle, health history, eating habits, allergies, and other areas affecting your health
  • Inspect your skin for abnormalities or growths
  • Feel your abdomen to check the health of your organs
  • Use a stethoscope to listen to your lungs and heart
  • Check your height, weight, and vital signs

You’ll also have time to ask questions and discuss your mental health, stress levels, or other factors that might be affecting your physical well-being. Your practitioner might order blood work or additional testing.

What happens after my physical exam?

After your appointment, your practitioner may follow up with you via phone or email to discuss any next steps or to provide you with results from tests or lab work.

If you are given a referral to see a specialist or a different type of provider, it’s important to take this step.

Throughout the year, you can check in with Dr. Farooq about your health or discuss any concerns that come up before your next physical exam.

To book a visit with Dr. Farooq today, use the easy online scheduler.