Why Do Doctors Press on Your Stomach During a Checkup?
I was wondering, why do doctors push on your stomach during a checkup or if
you complain of abdominal pain?
Pressing on your stomach is a way to find out if the size of your internal organs
is normal, to check if anything hurts, and to feel if anything unusual is going on.
Looking, listening, and feeling are all part of a physical exam. Doctors use all
three to check that everything's normal or to evaluate a health condition. For example,
doctors use sight to diagnose conditions like acne or pinkeye. They'll listen to a
person's heartbeat to be sure it sounds normal. And they'll use touch to investigate
areas that aren't visible to the naked eye, like bones or internal organs.
During a checkup, don't hesitate to ask your doctor questions if you're curious
about why something's being done. Your doc is there to help, and answering questions
is part of that!