Physicals Specialist

Montecristo Medical Group

Anita E. Gonzalez, MD

General Practitioner & Pediatrician located in Van Nuys, CA

Most patients only visit their doctor when something’s wrong, but it’s important to get regular physical checkups to ensure your health over the long run. Additionally, many patients require certified physicals for work, sports, school, or extracurricular activities. Dr. Anita E. Gonzales in Van Nuys, California, and the team at Montecristo Medical Group provides a wide range of physicals and can help you navigate the requirements of your work or sport. Call the office or use the online scheduling tool to schedule your physical today.

Physicals Q & A

Why are physicals important?

Annual physicals are highly recommended for everyone, but especially for patients over the age of 50. At your initial consultation, Dr. Gonzalez assesses you and suggests how often you should get a physical based on your current state of health and medical history.

What do physicals help prevent?

Dr. Gonzalez recommends getting regular physicals as a preventive care measure. With annual checkups, Dr. Gonzalez is able to detect issues early and treat them before they become serious conditions. Regular physicals prevent complications from chronic health problems like:

  • High blood pressure 
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Breast cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease

At your checkup, Dr. Gonzalez also offers counseling for health promotion. She can help you stop smoking, lose weight, and set goals to improve your overall health. 

What types of physicals do you offer?

Anita E. Gonzalez, MD, provides different types of physical exams, depending on what you need. The different types of physicals offered by the practice include:

Annual physicals

These are general wellness exams that Dr. Gonzalez recommends for all her patients, especially those over 50. Dr. Gonzalez performs a physical exam, checks your height, weight, and vital signs, asks questions about your health, and orders relevant blood tests. If you have a chronic disease, she may do additional tests to check the status of your condition.

Sports and camp physicals

Many sleep-away camps, schools, and athletic clubs now require a doctor to sign off on your level of fitness to participate in particular activities. Dr. Gonzalez assesses whether you can safely take part in a sport or camp, identifies areas that may be prone to injury, and suggests ways to strengthen these areas. 

Work physicals

Some jobs are designated as “safety-sensitive” and require an official physical to certify you to work. These physicals are more intensive than your annual physical since they follow strict guidelines to ensure you’re in good physical condition. 

Along with a regular physical exam, Dr. Gonzalez checks your vision and hearing, reviews any medications you’re currently taking, and reviews your lab results if you have an existing health condition like diabetes. Work physicals may also require a urinalysis to test for drugs and alcohol.

To learn more about the requirements of different physicals, call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.