Teen Health Supervision
A complete physical should include blood pressure, vision and hearing, and checking the spine for scoliosis.
More on Scoliosis
Hypertension is usually asymptomatic but may indicate the onset of conditions such as renal or cardiovascular disease or drug use.
Vision screening is important because myopia (nearsightedness) often develops and progresses rapidly during pubertal growth. Teenagers may not report vision or hearing problems even if they are adversely affecting educational performance.
Hemoglobin and hematocrit should be obtained on young women a year or two after menarche to check for iron deficiency. Other routine labs are not indicated.
Idiopathic scoliosis (lateral curve of the spine) should be checked for during the early teenage years as it may progress during growth.