Whether you need a physical for school, sports, camp, employment, or just a routine wellness check-up, we are here for you. Our qualified staff has years of experience with all types of physical exams and can get you out and on your way quickly while providing superior care.
What is a physical?
Although physicals vary depending on their purpose and the provider, most consist of the following:
- Medical history: This involves a review of any past or current concerns, an evaluation of lifestyle or behaviors, such as smoking, diet, and exercise, as well as a check of your vaccinations and an update of your personal and family medical history.
- Vital signs: During this portion of the exam, your blood pressure, heart, and respiration rates will be checked, as well as your temperature.
- General appearance: Your examiner can learn much about your health simply by observing your appearance. He or she may look for signs of mental quickness, examine the health of your skin, or even observe you as you stand or walk.
Additionally, most physicals include an examination of the following:
- Head & neck
- Reflexes, balance & muscle strength (neurological)
- Nails & skin
In some cases, you may also require lab tests, such as a blood count, urinalysis, and chemistry panel. Other tests may be needed if potential medical problems are detected.
What are some different types of physicals?
At Emediate Cure we offer physicals for a variety of purposes. For children and teens, sports, camp, and school physicals are often required prior to participation. For adults, a physical may be a normal part of an annual checkup. At other times, a physical can help to determine whether an employment candidate is physically qualified to handle a particular job.
We at Emediate Cure offer the following types of physicals:
- General physical (for adults)
- Camp physical
- School physical (K-12)
- Sports physical (K-12)
- College sports physical
- Pre-surgical clearance
- Department of Transportation (DOT) physical
A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is a physical exam that is required for people who drive commercial vehicles. The point of a DOT physical is to make sure that people who are driving commercial motor vehicles are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires them for the safety of the public.
You will need a DOT physical if you:
- Drive a vehicle designed to carry more than 15 people.
- Are paid to drive a vehicle designed to carry more than 8 people.
- Carry hazardous material in your vehicle that requires your vehicle to have a placard.
- Drive a vehicle on the interstate with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight rating, or gross combination weight of over 10,000 pounds.
Comprehensive Exams & Testing
During your exam, we will review your medical history with you and ask a few questions about your current state of wellness. If any lab work is needed, we can do most common tests in our in-house laboratory and get results in 15 minutes or less. Remember to bring any forms or paperwork necessary, and we’ll take care of the rest.
We’re open 7 days a week, 364 days a year, right in your own community. We make getting physicals convenient and easy—no appointment required. Stop in to either of our locations in Joliet or Shorewood. The average wait time is less than one hour.