A physical examination is performed to determine an individual’s general state of health. It will start with collecting health history and lifestyle information from the patient followed by laboratory tests, and screening for disease.
The doctor will observe the patient's appearance, general health, and behavior, along with measuring height and weight. Vital signs are taken including pulse, breathing rate, body temperature, and blood pressure. The doctor then will do a complete examination of your entire body.
The frequency with which it is conducted depends on factors such as the age, gender, and the presence of risk factors for disease in the person being examined. Generally, it is recommended to have a physical examination by your physician annually.