Gary D. Schwartz, MD, PC
Internal Medicine Physician located in Hackensack, NJ
Gary D. Schwartz, MD, offers comprehensive physical exams to protect your long-term health and reduce your risk factors for certain diseases. At his internal medicine office in Hackensack, New Jersey, Dr. Schwartz provides annual physical exams to assess how well your body is functioning from year to year. He also offers physical exams that meet the requirements of employers and organized sports. If it’s been longer than a year since your last physical exam, call the office of Gary D. Schwartz, MD, or request a consultation online today.
Physical Exam Q & A
Why do I need a physical exam?
An annual physical exam is a general evaluation of your health that can identify underlying health issues in the earliest stages. This is an important part of preventive care because many chronic health conditions are easier to treat in the earliest stages.
Dr. Schwartz provides comprehensive physical exams that you should schedule once a year, even when you’re healthy and experiencing no changes in your health.
You may also need a physical exam as part of the process of registering for organized sports, school, or new employment. These exams ensure you’re healthy enough to participate in activities or the requirements of your job.
What happens during a physical exam?
During your physical, Dr. Schwartz spends time reviewing your personal and family medical history to determine if you need additional health screenings. He also discusses any new symptoms or changes in your health since your last physical.
As part of the physical exam, Dr. Schwartz evaluates many aspects of your health, including your:
- Heart rate
- Lung function
- Body temperature
- Height and weight
- Skin health
- Blood pressure
Dr. Schwartz also evaluates your muscle strength and flexibility during your physical l exam.
If you need updates to your vaccinations, Dr. Schwartz offers necessary vaccines to protect you from contagious diseases like tetanus, diphtheria, and the seasonal flu.
Will I need blood work during my physical?
If you’re receiving treatment for existing health conditions or have risk factors for certain diseases, Dr. Schwartz may order blood work. Testing can confirm the diagnosis of a new condition and evaluate the effectiveness of medications or other treatments you’re undergoing.
In addition to bloodwork, Dr. Schwartz offers other diagnostic screenings, including electrocardiograms (EKG), blood sugar testing, and pulse oxygen monitoring.
Based on the results of your bloodwork or other testing, Dr. Schwartz can determine if you need treatment for underlying health issues. If you do, he customizes a care plan and continues to monitor your treatment to ensure your condition is well-controlled.
Dr. Schwartz also provides resources to improve your overall health and wellness, such as recommendations for diet and lifestyle changes that reduce your risk for chronic health conditions. He also provides medically supervised weight-loss programs to help you achieve and maintain healthy body weight.
To schedule your annual physical exam, call the office of Gary D. Schwartz, MD, or request an appointment through the online booking feature today.