What is a DOT Physical?
For commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers who operate a vehicle weighing five tons or more, the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires periodic physical exams in order to stay in compliance with safety regulations. The physical exams must be carried out by a medical examiner who is certified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). If you need a DOT physical, triple board-certified physician Dr. Janice Alexander is a certified medical examiner who offers this service for men and women in Cedarburg, WI. Your exam will include a check of your hearing and vision along with other indicators of your overall wellness, such as your blood pressure and heart health. Reach out to Cedarburg Family Wellness & Aesthetics today to schedule your appointment.
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What Is Included in a DOT Physical?
Dr. Alexander will begin your exam by reviewing your medical history and medications. Next, she will conduct a series of tests, including checking your general appearance, blood pressure, pulse, hearing, vision, heart, abdomen, lungs, extremities, spine, and neurological health. A urinalysis will be conducted to detect any potential medical conditions or illegal drugs. As required by the DOT, it is crucial that you notify Dr. Alexander of any known health conditions during your physical. Upon passing your exam, you will receive a certificate that may be valid for up to two years. If you do not pass your exam, you may still be able to apply for a federal medical exemption. Our team can provide you with more information on this process.
DOT Physical FAQ
Is there a difference between a CDL physical and a DOT physical?
No. A DOT physical is the exact same examination as a CDL physical. Though some patients will simply require a DOT physical and not a CDL physical, there is no difference between the two physicals.
How can I fail a DOT physical?
We test for a number of ailments during a DOT physical, which means there are a number of things to consider when it comes to your health. Some of the most common ways individuals are unable to pass a DOT physical are due to:
- High blood pressure
- Alcoholism or drug use
- Missing extremities
- Cardiovascular or respiratory disease
- Poor eyesight or hearing
- A nervous or psychiatric disease
What happens if I fail my DOT physical?
According to the United States Department of Transportation, individuals who are unable to pass a DOT physical must be removed from their safety-sensitive DOT-covered position. For this reason, it is imperative for relevant employees to take and pass their physical.
Schedule Your Physical Exam
As a commercial truck driver, your job not only affects your safety but the safety of others. Make sure you stay in compliance with DOT health regulations by getting a physical at least every two years. Dr. Janice Alexander is certified by the FMCSA to perform this important health check to help drivers stay on the roads. If it's time for your DOT physical, please contact Cedarburg Family Wellness & Aesthetics in Cedarburg, WI to book your appointment.