Work Physicals

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What is a work physical?

Some companies require a work physical, or pre-employment physical, to determine if you are suitable for the job. A work physical is similar to a regular physical exam. A work physical examines health components including:  

Medical History:  

You will have to provide information about your personal medical history. Commonly, you will provide this information on a form and the provider will ask you questions. Information you will need to provide include, but are not limited to:  

  • Past surgeries or hospitalizations 
  • Past and current medications 
  • Family history of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes 

Physical Exam 

  • Vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature) 
  • Abdomen health (ensure your liver bowel, and other organs are functioning normally) 
  • Skin appearance 
  • Heart and lung exam 
  • Reflex testing 

What do I need to bring to my work physical? 

  • If your job gives you paperwork detailing the service you need, be sure to bring it to your appointment.  
  • Valid ID (driver’s license, state or federal ID, or an employee issued badge). 
  • List of current medications. 
  • List of past surgeries, medical conditions, and allergies. 
  • If have hearing or vision trouble, bring your hearing aids and glasses for additional tests. 

What do I need to bring to my exam? 

  • A complete list of current and past medications that includes the dosage regime and providers’ names and addresses 
  • If you are a driver with vision or hearing problems, you must bring your glasses, contacts, or hearing aids. 
  • If you are a driver with heart-related issues, bring a letter from your cardiologist that outlines you are safe to work, along with your medical history and current medications. 
  • If you are a driver with diabetes, you must bring the most recent lab results from your Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1C) and your blood sugar logs. 

Do I still need to get my annual wellness visit? 

Yes, you still need to go to your primary care provider for your annual wellness visit. However, you can see if your provider is able to do your work physical and your annual wellness exam in one appointment. Overall, a work physical is not a substitute for your annual wellness exam.  

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