Physical Exam Specialist

Cardinal Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Lowell, MA & Chelmsford, MA

Parents know all too well that their children and teens rapidly change as they grow and mature. Routine physical exams are the best way to ensure your child stays healthy and well as they develop over the years. The team at Cardinal Pediatrics has extensive experience performing physicals and providing compassionate care that supports the long-term health of children and teens. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Lowell or Chelmsford, Massachusetts, or use the online booking feature today.

Physical Exam Q & A

When should you schedule a physical exam?

Infants and toddlers need well-child check-ups more than once every year. After the age of 3, children and teens should get a yearly physical exam.

You shouldn't skip your child’s physical exam just because they feel good. Annual check-ups are intended to provide preventive health care that screens their risks for developing problems and takes proactive steps to avoid serious conditions.

What happens during a physical exam?

Your provider reviews your child's medical history and learns about any symptoms or current problems. After taking their weight, blood pressure, and heart rate, they complete a thorough physical exam.

When the exam is finished, your provider talks about any potential concerns and orders bloodwork or other diagnostic tests as needed. 

Your child may receive many possible services during their physical exam, including:

  • Immunizations
  • Health risk assessments
  • Vision and hearing screening
  • Screening for chronic diseases
  • Mental health assessments
  • Developmental assessments
  • Nutrition and weight loss counseling
  • Medication management


A sick visit focuses on diagnosing the cause of their current illness and providing treatment to quickly ease their symptoms. By comparison, an annual physical exam is all about protecting their future health. To do that, your provider looks for early signs of problems in all of their body systems.

Does a yearly exam include school physicals?

The team at Cardinal Pediatrics routinely performs school physicals, often as part of an annual physical exam that's timed for the start of the school year.

A school physical proceeds in a manner similar to your child's annual physical, but may have specific requirements. For example, you might not need a vision or hearing screening during a routine physical exam, but they're often required for a school physical.

Massachusetts requires specific vaccinations at different grade levels. If your child hasn't had their routine well-child exams, they may need immunizations before entering school. The team at Cardinal Pediatrics can determine which shots your child may need.

If you need to schedule a physical exam for your child or teen or you have any questions about their health, call Cardinal Pediatrics, or book an appointment online today.