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What To Expect At A Dot Physical

When you are a professional truck driver or bus driver, you may require a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical. The medical staff at Urgent Care TX, located in Cleburne, TX, and Lancaster, TX, perform DOT physicals to ensure you can handle the long hours, exhausting schedule, and stress of operating a commercial vehicle. 

What is a DOT Physical?

Each state has specific regulations, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets rules for one to operate a commercial vehicle safely. The DOT physical is designed to assess your:

  • general overall health
  • mental and emotional wellbeing

As a driver, the FMCSA requires you to show a certificate of good health received when you pass your DOT physical. In addition, medical professionals must be certified to perform a DOT physical. The physicians at Urgent Care TX, located in Cleburne, TX, and Lancaster, TX, can be found on the FMCSA National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, proving their certification capabilities in DOT physicals. 

Do I Need a DOT Physical?

The following individuals need a DOT Physical:

  • You operate a motor vehicle designed to carry 8-15 people or more.
  • You operate a motor vehicle with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, or gross combination weight of over 10,000 pounds.
  • You operate a motor vehicle that transports hazardous materials that require your car to be placarded.

When in doubt, you can always call the staff at Urgent Care TX to inquire if your job requires a DOT physical.

What Happens In a DOT Physical?

Before your appointment, the staff may ask you to complete a Medical Examination report form to indicate any prior or current health conditions. Some health conditions to report on the paper include:

  • Neurological disorders like brain injuries or seizures
  • Hearing loss
  • Heart disease or heart attack
  • Impaired vision
  • Digestive problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Depression, anxiety, or other mental illness
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Paralysis
  • Stroke
  • Missing limbs
  • Chronic pain
  • Spinal cord injuries

First and foremost, you should be honest on your form. Otherwise, you could be at risk of having it revoked. 

After reviewing your medical history, the doctor will check your lungs, heart, digestion, and coordination. They may also perform the following tests:

  • Blood pressure measurement
  • Height, weight, and BMI (body mass index)
  • Vision and hearing check
  • Check urine for glucose and drug screen

At the end of the exam, your doctor will discuss any abnormal findings with you and offer advice if needed. Then, once approved, you will receive your certificate.

Most certificates are good for two years. If you are due for a DOT physical, call the physicians at Urgent Care TX, at either office located in Cleburne, TX, at (682) 317-1500, or Lancaster, TX, at (682) 549-8300, to make an appointment.

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