Skip to main content

Physicals Specialist

Access Point Healthcare

Tarik Shaaban, MD

Board Certified Family Medicine Physician & Integrative Medicine located in Panama City, FL

If you need to get up-to-date on your health, a yearly physical exam with Tarik Shaaban, MD, at Access Point Healthcare in Panama City, Florida, can help. This routine exam and testing are important even if you’re not sick or don’t have specific things to talk to the doctor about. If you do have questions about your health, your annual physical exam is a great chance to ask. Call today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about physical exams.

Physicals Q & A

What is a physical exam?

A physical exam is an annual exam that Dr. Shaaban performs to make sure you’re healthy. It’s used to check out your general health, looking for any illnesses or diseases you might have. Your doctor talks to you about the medicines and supplements you’re taking and answers any questions you may have. 

Many sports teams require that anyone trying out for the team have a physical exam before they join. Some employers require a certified record of physical health. Dr. Shaaban can also perform Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals, which is necessary for those who drive commercial motor vehicles.

Some employers require a certified record of physical health. They want to be assured by a doctor that the applicant can handle the job’s physical demands before hiring them. If someone has been away from work due to an illness or injury, they also want a doctor’s assurance that they are ready to return to the job.

What happens during a physical exam?

During a physical exam, Dr. Shaaban checks to make sure that your immunizations are current and that you’re maintaining a healthy lifestyle with a nutritious diet and proper exercise. He also checks for any diseases to make sure that they can be caught early on when treatment is more effective. He asks you a series of basic questions about your health.

Dr. Shaaban also measures your cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels, your heartbeat, height, weight, and pulse. It’s important to have these monitored because many conditions don’t show any symptoms.

Dr. Shaaban and the team at Access Point Healthcare are dedicated to your health and making sure you have a pleasant experience during your visit.

How do I prepare for a physical exam?

It’s important that you bring to your appointment a current list of all the medications you’re taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements.

Make a list of questions about your health that you want to ask the doctor. Be ready to talk about any unusual symptoms or pain that you’re experiencing. Don’t count on remembering all of this during your visit; it’s a good idea to write it down.

Be prepared to discuss your medical history with Dr. Shaaban, including any surgeries you’ve had and the names of other doctors you’ve seen. If you have a pacemaker or defibrillator, bring a copy of the front and back of the pacemaker or defibrillator wallet ID card.

The Access Point Healthcare team is committed to providing outstanding service to each of its patients and always putting the patient’s well-being first. The friendly and inviting office provides a calming and relaxing environment for you to feel at home during your visit. The office has brand-new, technologically advanced equipment to give you accurate and precise readings.

Call the office or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about physical exams and how Dr. Shaaban can help you with your medical needs.