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A Private Pediatric Practice located in Sacramento and Folsom, CA

Physicals services offered in Sacramento and Folsom, CA

Your child’s physicals shouldn’t be an intimidating experience. When done by a pediatrician that your child trusts and is comfortable with, a physical is an enlightening and rewarding experience. That’s why the team of board-certified pediatricians at Pediatric Medical Associates in Folsom and Sacramento, California, relies on many years of experience to establish warm, long-lasting relationships with every child. If your child needs physicals for school, camps, sports, or an annual physical, call or request an online appointment.

Why does my child require a physical?

Physicals are required by law when your child joins first grade. Before your child engages in sports, camping, and other physically taxing activities, pre-participation physicals are also necessary. Physical examinations are vital because they help ensure your child is strong enough to participate in strenuous activities.

Annual physicals are routine and help to monitor your child’s growth and development. They’re thorough, comprehensive physical examinations that your primary healthcare provider or pediatrician usually conducts.

This allows your child to be examined by someone they are already familiar with and who knows their medical history, such as allergies, past injuries, and family history of illnesses. They do sports physicals in addition to annual physicals. 

What happens during physicals?

The team at Pediatric Medical Associates takes every physical seriously and conducts each one according to guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), especially when it comes to annual physicals. That includes checking for things like:

  • Height and weight compared to your child’s age group
  • Blood pressure and pulse
  • Proper functioning of the heart, lungs, abdomen, throat, ears, nose, and eyes
  • Joint strength and flexibility
  • Posture and balance
  • Chronic conditions such as asthma and diabetes
  • Hernia and scoliosis
  • Fine and gross motor movement, as well as reflexes

If your child has pre-existing conditions, the pediatrician can order blood tests to check for blood count, metabolism, and blood chemistry. They may also review your child’s medical history and ensure their sleeping habits, cognitive development, and mental health are typical.

What if my child is afraid of physicals?

In addition to being thorough, Pediatric Medical Associates cares about providing a comfortable experience for you and your child. The team’s experience working with children of all ages allows them to make physicals as fun and stress-free as possible. Having your child checked by a familiar pediatrician also makes the test much faster since they will already know your child’s medical history.

Compassionate care is at the core of Pediatric Medical Associates’ service delivery. You can trust them to provide quick and reliable pediatric physicals for school, camps, travel, sports, and pre-surgery. Call now or schedule your appointment for a physical online.