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What Does a Back-to-School Physical Involve?  

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Autumn signals a return to football tailgates, closed-toed shoes, jackets, and of course, school. If your child is due for a back-to-school physical, you may be wondering what exactly this exam involves and why it’s so important.

The details of a back-to-school physical can vary based on your child’s age, overall health, and whether they’re playing sports. Generally speaking, though, most school physicals involve:

  • Recording height and weight
  • Taking blood pressure
  • Examining the ears, eyes, and throat
  • Checking vision, hearing, and respiratory health
  • Screening for conditions like scoliosis
  • Administering any required vaccines, if necessary
  • Discussing personal and family medical history
  • Assessing overall physical health, motor skills, and mental wellness

Back-to-school physicals play a key role in your child’s healthcare routine. In addition to helping ensure your child is well enough to handle the physical and emotional rigors of a school year, physicals can uncover potential medical concerns before they worsen and provide a space for your child to ask questions about their health.

Back-To-School Physicals at Fast Track Urgent Care

Fast Track Urgent Care’s locations in Silver Spring and Kensington are excellent places to turn for school physicals. Our team is led by board-certified medical practitioners who have ample experience caring for kids of all ages. And unlike overbooked and bustling primary care centers that close at 5 p.m. sharp, we’re open every day (including weekends!) during extended hours and never require appointments, although families who prefer to plan ahead can book an appointment time on our website.

Fast Track Urgent Care is here for you and your family. Stop by today for a back-to-school physical or contact our friendly professionals at 844-202-1532 if you have any questions regarding our services or what paperwork to bring along with you. We accept most health insurance plans and offer sensible rates to self-pay patients.