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Physical Exams Specialist

Vinu Ganti, MD

Internists located in Germantown, MD

The best way to learn about the state of your health is to get a physical exam. Employers, government entities, schools, and sports programs often require them to make sure you’re healthy. Vinu Ganti, MD, provides thorough physical examinations for a variety of purposes and annual physical exams at his office in Germantown, Maryland. To book an immigration exam, sports physical, pre-employment physical, or an annual exam, call Vinu Ganti, MD, or book an appointment online today.

Physical Exams Q&A

What is a physical exam?

A physical exam is a routine evaluation of your general health. Also called a check-up or preventive screening, it allows Dr. Ganti to take note of your current health and identify trends and patterns in your health over time. Furthermore, he can find signs of conditions affecting your health before they cause any symptoms. 

Physical exams also give you the chance to gain a better understanding of the way your body functions. You can ask Dr. Ganti questions about your health, and he can recommend lifestyle changes that can help preserve your health over time. 

Why might I need a physical exam?

Dr. Ganti provides a variety of physical exams at his private practice. There are many reasons why you might need a physical exam, whether it be for yourself, the government, your coach, or your employer. Dr. Ganti offers:

Annual physicals

You should get a physical every year to monitor your body’s changes as you age. You don’t need to be sick or concerned about your health to benefit from an annual physical.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) physicals

The FAA requires pilots to get physical exams to make sure they are physically and mentally fit to fly planes safely. If you pass your FAA physical, you receive a certificate saying that you meet the standards.

Immigration physicals

Part of the application process of becoming a United States citizen is a physical examination. Dr. Ganti conducts an immigration physical and forwards the results to an immigration office. 

Pre-employment physicals

Many employers require that you get a physical exam as a condition of your employment. It may include a drug test, which you can take in the on-site lab. If you have symptoms, Dr. Ganti can find a diagnosis and a treatment for it so you can work safely. 

Sports physicals 

Sports physicals, also called pre-participation physical exams, evaluate your health and your fitness. Dr. Ganti looks for conditions that could make sports unsafe for you.

Men’s and women’s health exams

Dr. Ganti provides annual gynecological exams for women as well as prostate exams for men starting around age 50.

What should I expect during physical exams?

Physical exams of all kinds are similar. During a physical exam by Dr. Ganti, there are a few components you can expect every time. First, he asks about your medical history or if there are any updates to it since your last visit. You have a chance to bring up any unusual symptoms or changes that you’ve noticed regarding your health. Then, the exam includes:

  • Checking your vitals (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure)
  • Visually examining of your body
  • Checking your eyes, ears, nose, and throat
  • Listening to your heart and lungs
  • Testing your reflexes and movement

Depending on your age, the purpose of your exam, and certain findings from the exam, your physical exam might include other additional components. Dr. Ganti might order lab tests like blood work or urinalysis to gain more information about your health. 

For comprehensive physical exams, call Vinu Ganti, MD, or book your appointment online today.