Physical Exams Specialist

Sherman Oaks Family Medicine, Inc.

Family Medicine & Board Certified Family Medicine Physicians located in Sherman Oaks, CA

A physical exam is a tool your doctor uses to get a general picture of your overall health. Donna Cashdan, MD, and the team at Sherman Oaks Family Medicine, Inc. offer comprehensive physical exams to assess your health and screen for common chronic health concerns. They off both annual physicals and well-woman exams. For an appointment, call the office in Sherman Oaks, California, or book online today.

Physical Exams Q & A

What is a physical exam?

A physical exam is an evaluation conducted by your physician to assess your physical health, and it’s an essential part of your visit. They use the information gathered during your physical exam to create your treatment plan. 

Your provider takes a preventive approach to medicine and gears their recommendations to help you make the necessary lifestyle changes that support health, prevent disease, and improve your overall quality of life. 

Do I need an annual physical exam?

Yes, you need an annual physical. Even if you’re in good health, you should schedule a physical exam with Sherman Oaks Family Medicine Inc. every year. 

This comprehensive exam not only provides your physician with a general foundation of your overall health but also helps establish a more trusting patient-doctor relationship. The more trust you have in your provider, the more likely you are to share your health concerns so they can provide you with the best possible care.  

What can I expect during a physical exam?

Your physical exam at Sherman Oaks Family Medicine, Inc. is comprehensive. During the exam, your provider reviews your medical history, medication and supplement use, and your general health concerns. Then, they conduct a physical exam that includes:

  • Biometrics to assess body composition
  • Cholesterol and diabetes screening
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Spirometry (lung function test) 
  • Check of blood pressure and heart rate
  • Evaluation of your ears, nose, and mouth
  • Palpation of your organs
  • Check of your reflexes

Based on the information gathered during your annual physical exam, your provider develops your treatment plan for health and wellness. If needed, they may recommend updating your vaccinations. Your physician may also provide education about diet, exercise, and sun protection.

What can I expect during a well-woman exam?

The team at Sherman Oaks Family Medicine, Inc. also provides well-woman exams. During your well-woman exam, your provider reviews your medical and gynecological history, as well as your medicine and supplement use. They also review your specific health concerns. 

Your physician then conducts a physical and pelvic exam. They may also recommend other screenings, like a Pap smear for cervical cancer, a mammogram for breast cancer, or a bone density scan for osteoporosis depending on your age and health history. 

To schedule your physical exam, call Sherman Oaks Family Medicine, Inc., or book an appointment online today.