Many employers require their drivers to get a health card or Department of Transportation (DOT) physical in order to be compliant to drive a company vehicle. A DOT physical follows strict guidelines mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), ensuring that CDL drivers and other safety-sensitive employees are in good health to work safely.
What to Bring to a DOT Physical
All drivers need to bring a complete list of their medication, including the doses and their doctors’ names and addresses.
To make sure the exam runs as smoothly as possible, drivers with certain medical issues need to bring the appropriate documents or items. For example:
Drivers with vision or hearing problems need to bring their eyeglasses, contacts, or hearing aids
Drivers with diabetes need to bring the most recent lab results from their Hemoglobin A1C (HgAIC)
Drivers with heart-related issues need to, at minimum, bring a letter from their cardiologist that outlines their medical history and current medications, and indicates that they are safe to work
Be prepared to go to the bathroom for a urine sample when you arrive.
With thousands of DOT physicals performed in the last several years, Dr. Ploessl is fast, experienced, and fair in his evaluations. Most drivers can expect to have their exam completed in about 30 minutes and have their health card given to them that same day. We work with many companies in the metro area to provide trusted, quality services. We take care of your DOT Medical Card process and get it done right the first time at Synergy Chiropractic!
What the DOT Physical Covers
Drivers are required to have at least 20/40 acuity in each eye with or without correction. They are also required to have at least 70” peripheral in the horizontal meridian, measured in each eye.
Drivers must be able to perceive what is known as a “forced whisper” at a distance of 5ft or less, with or without a hearing aid. This standard equates to an average hearing loss in the better ear of less than 40 dB.
3. Blood pressure/pulse rate
The medical examiner will check the driver's blood pressure and pulse to look for high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats.
A urinalysis is required. The test looks for indications of underlying medical conditions such as diabetes. This is not a drug screening, but tests for blood, sugar, or protein in the urine. Please be prepared to go to the bathroom when you get to our facility.
5. Physical Examination
The physical exam will cover a dozen different categories:
Eyes (cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.)
Ears (scarring of tympanic membrane, perforated ear drums, etc.)
Mouth and throat (to look for problems breathing or swallowing)
Heart (murmurs, extra sounds, pacemaker, etc.)
Lungs and chest, not including breast examination (abnormal breathing, impaired respiratory functions, cyanosis, etc.)
Abdomen and Viscera (enlarged liver, viscera, muscle weakness)
Vascular (abnormal pulse, carotid, varicose veins)
Extremities (limb impaired)
Spine, other musculoskeletal (previous surgery, limitation of motion, tenderness, etc.)
Neurological (impaired equilibrium, coordination or speech pattern, ataxia, asymmetric deep tendon reflexes)
A DOT physical can only be completed by a medical examiner certified by the FMCSA. It is up to the Medical Examiner to determine if a candidate meets all the requirements, and to mark the report to the best of their knowledge.
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