Physical Exams Specialist

Laurie Thomas, MD -  - Family Physician

Laurie Thomas, MD

Family Physician located in TUCSON, AZ

Physical exams are a great way to spot any health problems before they develop into something more serious. If you need a physical exam, Laurie Thomas, MD, of Tucson, Arizona, is a perfect choice. She is an experienced family practitioner who’s been carrying out physical exams for more than 25 years. Find out more by calling Dr. Thomas today or book an appointment online.

Physical Exams Q & A

What is a physical exam?

A physical exam involves visiting Dr. Thomas for a comprehensive check-up and assessment of your general health and well-being. You can attend a regular annual physical exam, or book one anytime you need certification for a job, hobby, insurance, vacation, or other purposes.

A physical exam is a chance for you and Dr. Thomas to discuss how well you are and look at all your health indicators. You might have questions, concerns, or symptoms that you can bring up at your physical exam, and Dr. Thomas can run tests to look for the early signs of many serious diseases.

What diseases could be detected at a physical exam?

Dr. Thomas can examine your skin for signs of cancer or any unusual lumps on your body that you might not be able to see. She can also run tests for different cancers that detect the earliest stages of cell change, so you can start treatment early to eradicate the disease.

As well as cancer, there are many other potentially life-threatening illnesses that you might not be aware you have, like diabetes and high blood pressure that cause few if any symptoms.

What happens during a physical exam?

Dr. Thomas starts each physical exam by reviewing your medical history and discussing with you any current symptoms or concerns. She tailors the physical exam to each patients’ needs, so if you already have a heart issue or diabetes, she will look for symptoms and signs that could indicate a worsening of your condition.

Dr. Thomas also carries out checks of your vital signs, such as:

  • Heart rate
  • Respiration rate
  • Temperature
  • Reflexes
  • Reactions
  • Blood pressure
  • Heart and lung sounds

She examines all the external parts of your body and looks into your mouth, throat, ears, nose, and eyes. She feels your lymph nodes, thyroid gland, carotid arteries, joints, and liver, listens to your bowel sounds, and tests your muscle strength, nerve responses, and balance.

Looking at your skin, hair, and nails can tell her a lot about your general health. Dr. Thomas will also be observing your mental well-being throughout your physical exam.

The final stage of your physical exam is to draw blood and conduct urine tests. Dr. Thomas can take your blood in her office, so you don’t have to go elsewhere and queue up for your test. These tests can check for:

  • Infection
  • Hormone levels
  • Blood sugar
  • Cholesterol
  • Micronutrient deficiencies

Dr. Thomas might also want you to have other types of tests, such as X-rays, a CT or MRI scan, or screening tests for cancer and other conditions.

To arrange your physical exam, call Dr. Thomas today, or book an appointment online.