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Physical examination

  • Definition
    • During a physical examination, a health care provider studies your body to determine if you do or do not have a physical problem.

      A physical examination usually includes:

  • References
    • Simel DL. Approach to the patient: history and physical examination. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Goldman's Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2011:chap 6.