Physical Exam Specialist

Ulrike D. Sujansky, MD, FACP -  - Concierge Medicine

Ulrike D. Sujansky, MD, FACP

Concierge Medicine located in San Mateo, CA

Physical exams are vital to good health, and Ulrike Sujansky, MD, provides all of her concierge patients in San Mateo, California, with regular 90-minute executive physical wellness exams and well-woman consultations. By getting to know you well, Dr. Sujansky can more easily spot any changes in your health. Plus, of course, it’s always more comfortable to undergo this type of assessment with someone you know well and trust. To learn more about concierge medicine and the executive physical exam, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Physical Exam Q & A

What is a physical exam?

Physical exams are part of most office visits and allow Dr. Sujansky to assess what could be causing any worrisome symptoms. In addition, when you become a member of the concierge service provided by Dr. Sujansky, you also get a comprehensive annual physical exam and an annual body composition evaluation.

Your annual physical exam is a thorough evaluation of every aspect of your health and well-being, often called a wellness exam. Dr. Sujansky checks your physical and mental health, and you can discuss any concerns and ask for advice on any health topic you wish. 

As part of the exam, she might also go over your social and family history, check for allergies, and carry out a review of any medications and supplements you may be taking.

The annual body composition evaluation uses state-of-the-art technology to analyze the amount of fat and muscle tissue you have. Beyond knowing how much you weigh, this technology provides a more comprehensive understanding of your body composition and how to improve it.

Why do I need an annual physical exam?

This thorough evaluation ensures that any health issues that could be just starting can get diagnosed early. This matters because many medical conditions bring few if any symptoms early on, only causing noticeable problems when the disease is at a later stage.

Type 2 diabetes is an example of a potentially life-threatening long-term illness that is highly treatable if identified at an early stage. High blood pressure is another. These diseases often don’t cause any symptoms, but the damage they cause to your internal organs can lead to serious and possibly fatal complications such as a heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure.

Screenings are also an essential aspect of physical exams, as they can pick up the first changes in cells that could lead to cancer. Oftentimes, early cancer detection leads to improved treatment options and better cure rates. 

What happens during a physical exam?

Dr. Sujansky starts your physical exam by reviewing your medical history and discussing your current health with you. Because you’ve seen her regularly under the concierge membership design, she’s usually already familiar with you and any health problems or risks you have.

Prior to the physical exam itself, Dr. Sujansky usually orders blood and urine test looking at your cholesterol, thyroid, kidney, and liver function. She will also screen for diabetes and other medical illnesses.

Each person’s physical exam could be slightly different depending on their wishes and what Dr. Sujansky needs to focus on, but typically she checks your blood pressure, heart and respiration rates, and temperature. Other checks could include:

  • Reflexes and reactions
  • Heart and lung sounds
  • Ears, nose, and throat
  • Eyes
  • Lymph nodes and thyroid
  • Carotid arteries
  • Teeth and gums
  • Liver and bowels
  • Muscle strength
  • Balance
  • Skin, hair, and nails
  • Joints

Dr. Sujansky also evaluates your mental well-being, to ensure there are no signs of mood disorders or other psychological problems.  She then reviews your blood tests with you and makes sure you understand all the implications of your testing.

At a 90-minute executive appointment, Dr. Sujansky may also review the results of audiological screenings that check your hearing, and your body composition analysis. You could also undergo an EKG (electrocardiogram) to analyze heart function, and gynecological or male sexual health exams as well.

To schedule your comprehensive physical exam with a compassionate and attentive physician, call Dr. Sujansky or use the online booking button.