DOT Physicals Specialist

Salient Health Primary Care

Primary Care Practice & Addiction Medicine Physicians located in Goodlettsville, TN

If you operate a commercial vehicle at work, you must visit your doctor for a DOT physical at least once every two years. At Salient Health Primary Care, the team are experienced medical professionals with the necessary training to perform DOT physicals in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today to schedule a DOT physical exam.

DOT Physicals Q&A

What are DOT physicals?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) guidelines, DOT physicals are mandatory physical exams. Specifically tailored for individuals who operate commercial vehicles in the United States, these physicals are necessary to evaluate your physical and mental fitness for operating heavy machinery.

Commercial vehicle operators, like truck drivers, often transport hazardous materials, drive in dangerous conditions, sit for long periods, and work long hours with hectic work schedules. That’s why it’s essential to undergo a DOT physical once every two years.

Who needs DOT physicals?

Many individuals who operate commercial vehicles must undergo DOT physicals, particularly if the vehicle transports hazardous materials, carries more than eight passengers, including the driver, or weighs more than 10,000 pounds.

If you pass your DOT physical, you receive a certificate that you must renew once every two years. Individuals with certain medical conditions may require more frequent exams, so connect with your provider at Salient Health Primary Care if you have an underlying condition that may impact your ability to pass the DOT physical in the future.

What happens during DOT physicals?

A comprehensive DOT physical typically has three steps:

Medical history review

Your provider must review your medical history to determine whether you’re physically, mentally, and emotionally fit enough to operate a commercial vehicle. Certain conditions, such as epilepsy, vision impairment, and sleep apnea, may disqualify an individual from passing a DOT physical.

Physical exam

During the physical exam portion of your appointment, your provider examines your eyes, ears, nose, and throat to check for abnormalities. They also palpate your organs to ensure they are the proper size and in the correct location. The team then listens to your heart and lungs before conducting strength and reflex exercises.

Lab testing

Blood work and urinalysis are standard during a DOT physical. If necessary, your provider may also order additional testing, such as a lung function test or an electrocardiogram (EKG).

Before your DOT physical, it’s best to limit your consumption of tobacco use and alcohol. Maintaining good health through a balanced diet and regular exercise can help accelerate the DOT physical process. 

Call Salient Health Primary Care or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about DOT physicals.