Each year, students are required to undergo a physical examination to check for injuries and medical conditions prior to returning to school. Because physicals are required by state law, your child’s primary care physician may be booked up weeks in advance, leaving you unable to schedule an appointment. If that is the case, visit AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham! Our walk-in urgent care center works with school districts around Philadelphia to provide examinations that meet each district’s standards.
What Happens During a Physical?
During a physical, our clinicians will perform a complete check of your child, including a review of medical history and making sure all vaccinations are up to date. If a potential issue is discovered, our center will be able to work with your child’s doctor to provide treatment and future care for the issue. Physicals are especially critical if your child participates in sports, where an undetected medical issue or injury can affect the level of play or even be exacerbated and lead to a medical emergency. Some of the things checked during a school physical include:
- Checks of height, weight and BMI
- Blood pressure screening
- Heart rate and health screening
- Ear, nose and throat exam
- Scoliosis exam
- Vaccination check and necessary updates (additional charges apply when vaccines are required)
When Do I Need a Physical?
The physical examination on file with your child’s school must be updated within 30 days of the first day of school. If your child is participating in athletics, a physical should be performed prior to the first practice of the season. Check with your school to see if a sports physical needs to be updated prior to each season.
School & Sports Physicals in Cheltenham & Philadelphia, PA
If you are in need of a school physical for your child, visit AFC Urgent Care Cheltenham today! Our urgent care center is open 7 days per week, with convenient evening and weekend hours to accommodate your busy schedule. For more information about our services, please call 215-935-6777 or check-in online to reserve your spot.