Coordinated Health

Conditions

Definition

During a physical examination, a health care provider studies your body to determine if you do or do not have a physical problem.

A physical examination usually includes:

  • Inspection (looking at the body)
  • Palpation (feeling the body with fingers or hands)
  • Auscultation (listening to sounds)
  • Percussion (producing sounds, usually by tapping on specific areas of the body)
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