School starts in Palm Beach County on August 13 – less than a month away. Of course, school sports training starts earlier than that, so why not beat the rush and get your school physical today? What does a school physical involve and why should you get one at the walk in clinic in Forest Hill area, part of the Urgent Care of the Palm Beaches? We’ll tell you!
What does a school physical involve?
Before you start school in the fall, you need to have the basics checked. In Florida, that means you will fill out a form about your child’s general health, allergies, prescription medication, problems with vision, hearing or speech, significant past injuries or disabilities, and more. This ensures that the school can make the proper accommodations for your child, whether that’s allowing them more time to get to class, ensuring they get a seat at the front of the room to hear or see better, or simply permitting them to go to the nurse to take their medications.
After you fill out the initial medical history, the care provider – that’s us at the walk in clinic Palm Springs – will do a physical exam, entailing a vision check, as well as a review of your child’s dental health; head and scalp; eyes, ears, nose, and throat; chest, lungs, and heart; and abdomen. Having a regular school physical means that you can get ahead of any congenital or underlying issues that may arise during the school year. This is especially important for student-athletes.
Why should you get one now?
There’s a lot of reasons to get your school physical, even if it weren’t required. First of all, you can ease your mind that you’re healthy or you can get a jumpstart on addressing any health problems that appear. Secondly, we provide vaccinations when necessary.
One of the most common unaddressed problems for young students are dental and vision problems, and the once-a-year appointment at school physical time is an exceptional opportunity to ensure that your little learner isn’t experiencing pain or having trouble seeing the board.
Having a physical is also critical for athletes of all ages. Whether they’re playing football or softball under the hot Florida sun, they’ll be running wind sprints and doing ladders to get in shape during pre-season conditioning and daily practice. Don’t you want to make sure that their heart is up to it?
Finally, even for the non-athletically inclined, a school physical is a great way to start the year, as sometimes problems appear that go unnoticed except at a doctor. This can be untreated allergies, abdominal pain or ear pain.
School physicals – Walk in clinic Palm Springs
Avoid the rush by coming to any one of our Palm Beach walk in clinics, before everyone and their brother is waiting in line. Our walk in clinic in Greenacres area accepts you 7 days a week with no appointment necessary, meaning it can be quick and easy to get your school physical done.