Physical Exams Specialist

Mitchell E. Cohen, M.D.

Internist & Diabetes Specialist located in Century City, Los Angeles, CA

As part of your preventive health care plan, Dr. Mitchell Cohen encourages annual physical exams at his Century City, California practice. Regular physical exams allow Dr. Cohen to identify potential medical issues before they affect your health. He provides a full range of diagnostic services to help you prevent diseases, disabilities, and other chronic health conditions. Physical exams are also available for employment, sports, and driver’s licenses, so schedule a routine physical exam online or by calling Dr. Cohen’s office directly.

Physical Exams Q & A

What can I expect during a routine check-up?

It's essential that you provide Dr. Cohen with a complete medical history, including your family’s health history. If your family has chronic health conditions, like diabetes and hypertension, you may be at an increased risk for the same issues. Dr. Cohen uses this information to tailor your check up to your specific needs.

As part of your check-up, Dr. Cohen conducts a comprehensive physical exam and may order additional health screenings that involve blood work, urine tests, or other diagnostics.

Additionally, Dr. Cohen discusses your diet to confirm you are receiving sufficient nutrition from the foods you eat, as well as your level of physical activity. He provides guidance on nutrition and exercise to ensure you maintain a healthy weight and strong muscular system.

 

What happens during a physical exam?

Dr. Cohen conducts a full physical exam to ensure your body is functioning optimally. Based on your medical history and your family’s history, he may focus on specific areas of concern. Dr. Cohen also bases the physical on other factors including your age and the results of in-office health screenings.

Typically, a physical exam involves an evaluation of your vital signs, including blood pressure checks, heart rate monitoring, and a breathing assessment.

Dr. Cohen also conducts a visual assessment of your head, chest, and abdomen. He may evaluate your nervous system health by asking you to walk around the office and through testing your reflexes. If need be, he then examines your musculoskeletal system, including your legs, hands, fingers, and toes.

Physically, Dr. Cohen takes a closer look at your eyes, ears, throat, and nose and visually inspects your skin, fingernails, and hair. He touches your abdomen in various areas, checking for internal abnormalities

 

Will I need blood work?

Dr. Cohen may require blood testing if you have existing medical issues, or a family history of conditions like high cholesterol, diabetes, or organ disease. Blood tests help Dr. Cohen identify potential issues, like thyroid disorders and heart disease, that can cause additional medical complications.

If blood work or the physical exam indicates potential medical issues, Dr. Cohen creates a customized care plan to diagnose and treat the condition correctly.

As part of the physical, Dr. Cohen will order several laboratory tests in order to comprehensively assess any irregularities in your body that may indicate a possible problem. These can include a complete blood count and a complete metabolic panel (also called a chemistry panel). The panel tests your blood and can indicate any issues that exist in your kidneys, liver, blood chemistry, and immune system. He will screen do a diabetes screen and a thyroid screen. He will also request a lipid panel (cholesterol test) to monitor for increased risk of heart attack, heart disease, or stroke.

To schedule a physical exam, book an appointment online or by phone.