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Annual Physical Exam: Unneeded Expense? - Disease Prevention and Wellness Information to Improve Your Health on MedicineNet.com by Dr. Aniruddha M. Medical Doctor Posted Tue 18 Nov 2008 12:14am Annual Physical Exam: Unneeded Expense? - Disease Prevention and Wellness Information to Improve Your Health on MedicineNet.com: "An annual physical exam is a tradition for many U.S. adults, but it is not always necessary, according to a new study. 'I'm not advocating we should get rid of these visits,' says researcher Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH, ... Read on »
Patient-Physician communication addressing a physical exam by Dr. Gemzel H. Medical Doctor Posted Tue 01 Jul 2008 4:10pm At the medical office there’s a need of a dialogue. Dialogue between patient and physician The dialogue between patient and health care provider should be based on the potential expectations of the patients, the level of knowledge, the individual variables, the respect for the patient time, and a consideration of the power of the patien ... Read on »
Percussion of the Thorax during physical exam: some comments by Dr. Gemzel H. Medical Doctor Posted Fri 04 Jul 2008 7:08am 1 Comment An empty thorax? Percussion of the thorax is a maneuver used by physicians to assess part of the integrity of lungs: their emptiness. As the lungs should be filled with air enough to be ventilated and proceed with the local gas exchange. Lungs are like a huge sponge with a big difference from the typical ones: their dividing walls are f ... Read on »
Patient-Physician communication addressing a physical exam by Dr. Gemzel H. Medical Doctor Posted Tue 16 Sep 2008 6:00am At the medical office there’s a need of a dialogue. Dialogue between patient and physician The dialogue between patient and health care provider should be based on the potential expectations of the patients, the level of knowledge, the individual variables, the respect for the patient time, and a consideration of the power of the patient. T ... Read on »
Physical Exam for AV Fistulas & Grafts by Matt S. Posted Fri 11 Jul 2008 12:00am We all realize that maintaining vascular access is a dialysis patient's life-line. Many patients must undergo multiple interventional radiology or surgical procedures in order to sustain fistula or graft patency over a prolonged period of time. The physical exam can be a useful tool in the examination of vascular access. Stenoses--often the ... Read on »
Physical exams: A relic of the past? by Michelle Lin Medical Doctor Posted Fri 21 Dec 2012 12:00am Why do most of us dread patients who complain of dizziness in the ED? Because it is so vague, and the differential is so broad from elusive posterior cerebellar strokes to ear wax clogging up our ear canals. And this is one of those diagnoses where the differential really depends upon performing a thorough physical examination. ... Read on »
Yearly Physical Exams by Mike Patten, DC Facebook Posted Fri 22 Jul 2011 11:42am I see a lot of patients who get yearly physical exams that usually consist of check the heart, lungs, and other organs.  Maybe some blood work.  Height, weight, and blood pressure.  I have noticed an increasing amount of people who “pass” their yearly physical and are told they are “healthy” or “doing good.”  The only problem is these same peop ... Read on »
#DPTSTUDENT CHAT TOPIC FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2013: IS TAKING A HISTORY AND PERFORMING A PHYSICAL EXAM NECESSARY? by Dr. Eric R. Healthy Living Professional Posted Mon 25 Feb 2013 8:12pm The other day this article  was making its way around Twitter. It discusses the importance (or lack thereof) of performing a history and full physical exam on a patient. While this article is not about PT specifically, it got me thinking. I am spending a great deal of time learning how to perform a PT exam- I even have a class this semester ... Read on »
Physical Exam on a Teddy Bear by d.o.ctor Posted Sun 15 Jan 2012 5:12pm He was blueberry blue, about 10 inches tall, and he looked like he had been through a lot of adventures on the playground. Up until that point, I had never done a physical exam on a teddy bear, but there's a first for everything... My actual patient was a five year old boy who came in with his mom, a chief complaint of night terrors. And th ... Read on »
The Physical Exam by Dr. Zagreus Ammon Medical Doctor Posted Tue 26 Aug 2008 4:09pm I was always taught that the physical examination was the most important part of the patient visit. Dr. Rob at Musings of a Distractible Mind just pointed out the diagnostic value of the "laying on of hands". But my teachers, back in the day, used to emphasize how reassuring it was to the patient. I am always pleasantly surprised by my p ... Read on »