Children and adults of any age can schedule an appointment with a family doctor for a physical examination. Annual recommendations are a good idea, especially in persons over the age of 50, explains Healthline.
Physical examinations provide confirmation of overall health and are useful in catching health concerns before they become threatening, such as high cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. In addition to checking vital signs, the body is inspected for unusual growths or marks, with the doctor feeling certain parts of the body to check the size and tenderness of organs, states Healthline.
Such exams may also include hernia, prostate and testicular screenings in men and breast and pelvic screenings in women, states WebMD.