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Physical Exams

Desoto Family Care Clinic

Primary Care Practice located in Southaven, MS & Olive Branch, MS

Children and teens need regular school exams and sports exams to ensure they stay healthy and strong as they rapidly grow. At Desoto Family Care Clinic, Diosan Powell, FNP, Cynthia Burchfield, FNP, and Danielle Bradley, FNP, specialize in all types of physical exams. They detect any problems affecting your child’s health, provide treatment when needed, and help your child stay active, healthy, and well. To schedule your child’s annual, school, or sports exam, call the office in Southaven, Mississippi, or book an appointment online today.

Physical Exams Q&A

What happens during a school physical exam?

School physical exams are designed to evaluate your child’s vision, hearing, and general health. During a school physical, your provider checks your child’s height and weight, reviews their medical history, asks about any problems, and completes a thorough physical evaluation. 

Mississippi requires all children to have the following vaccines before entering school for the first time:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
  • Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Chickenpox
  • Polio

Desoto Family Care Clinic brings your child up to date with their vaccinations.

Does a school physical include a developmental assessment?

School physicals don’t include a developmental assessment. However, your provider may do one during the same appointment if you or your child’s teacher has any concerns.

Developmental assessments check your child’s physical, cognitive, emotional, and social milestones to see if they’re on target or falling behind. 

Finding problems early allows your child to get the appropriate services, whether they need to overcome a developmental delay or get specialized services for a developmental disorder like ADHD or autism.

What happens during a sports physical?

Mississippi requires children participating in athletics to have a sports physical every year. This type of physical exam has a specialized focus on making sure your child can engage in athletic activities without getting hurt.

During a sports physical, your provider evaluates your child’s general health, including their medical history, chronic diseases, weight, blood pressure, and pulse. Then they focus on sports-specific concerns.

Your provider learns about issues such as pain or dizziness during and after physical activity. They ask if your child has had any concussions, broken bones, or seizures. Then they carefully evaluate your child’s musculoskeletal system, examining their muscles, joints, bones, spine, and movement.

What happens after my child’s physical exam?

Your provider completes the physical exam form, talks with you about any health issues they find, and recommends treatment if needed.

Most children can still participate in sports even with an existing health condition, as long as the condition has fully healed or is properly managed. For example, children who have asthma flare-ups when they’re active may need to take medication prior to their athletic activity.

When your child needs a physical exam, call Desoto Family Care Clinic or schedule an appointment online today.