Physical Exam Specialist

Hope Wellness Center & Spa

Maria Jefferson-Walker, DNPc, APN, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner located in Beverly, Chicago, IL

Primary care medical practitioners emphasize preventive measures, a healthy lifestyle, and patient education so people of all ages can be their healthiest. Maria Jefferson-Walker, DNPc, APN, FNP-BC, owner of Hope Wellness Center & Spa in Beverly, Chicago, is a highly qualified nurse practitioner who provides physical exams, including sports physicals, to families in Chicago and the surrounding areas who want to be proactive about their health care. If it’s been awhile since your last physical, call or schedule an appointment using the online booking system today.

Physical Exam Q&A

How often should I get a physical exam?

Regular checkups can help you stay healthy and maintain a good relationship with your healthcare provider. That way, should a problem arise, your medical practitioner knows you and your family history, medical history, and lifestyle and will be to provide individualized treatment. Primary care practices that focus on preventive care, like Hope Wellness Center & Spa, typically recommend annual physicals for people of all ages.

However, once you establish a relationship with Maria, there are several factors to consider regarding how often you should return for an exam. Most healthy, active adults under age 30 who don’t smoke and are not at risk for serious diseases or conditions may only need to get a physical every 2-3 years. For healthy men and women 30-40 years old, every other year is recommended, and for those 50 and older, plan to get a yearly physical exam.

The frequency of a physical exam depends on your health, hereditary factors, and health screenings. Maria advises men and women based on their individual needs and recommends any necessary bloodwork or follow-up exams. She also offers telemedicine, so after your initial in-person exam, you may be able to speak with her via video conferencing.

What should I expect during a physical exam?

When you come in for a physical, Maria discusses your medical history, family history, lifestyle, and any health concerns you may have. You can talk about anything related to your overall health and well-being, since she takes a whole-person approach toward helping you reach your best health. It’s a good time to discuss any symptoms or pains you have, too.

During the exam, Maria checks you for signs of diseases and identifying any issues that may grow into medical concerns if left untreated. She may update your immunizations and discuss preventive care like exercise and a healthy diet.

She checks your vital signs, including heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature, and notes your:

  • Respiratory health
  • General appearance, including your skin and hair
  • Tonsils, mouth, and teeth
  • Ears and eyes
  • Lymph nodes
  • Thyroid

Maria may also order blood tests to check your cholesterol levels or blood sugar, depending on your age, lifestyle, or family history.

How is a sports physical different from a regular physical exam?

Children and teenagers who play sports often need a sports physical to ensure they are cleared by a medical professional to participate. Sports physical exams help determine if your child is healthy enough to play the sport, which can lessen the risk of injury. Unlike a regular physical exam, a sports physical can identify any risk factors or conditions that could lead to injury or other health issues.

For regular and sports physicals, call or schedule an appointment online today.