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DOT Physicals

White Integrated Health Clinics PLLC

Chiropractors & Family Nurse Practitioners located in Fort Worth, TX

If you drive a commercial motor vehicle, you likely need a Department of Transportation (DOT) physical as a condition of your employment. At White Integrated Health Clinics in Fort Worth, Texas, the expert medical team consists of a licensed medical examiner who can complete DOT physicals and fill out the necessary paperwork. Call the office to schedule DOT physicals today, or book an appointment online.

DOT Physicals Q & A

What are DOT physicals?

A DOT, or Department of Transportation, physical is a medical exam a licensed medical examiner completes. 

You might need one as a condition of employment if you’re a professional truck driver, bus driver, or drive any other type of commercial motor vehicle. The exam ensures you’re in good enough health to safely operate a commercial motor vehicle.

What should I bring to my DOT physical?

When you attend a DOT physical at White Integrated Health Clinics, please bring the following:

  • Photo ID
  • A list of your medications
  • Vaccination records
  • Insurance card if you have one
  • Method of payment

If you have a physical disability, bring a medical release form that indicates a doctor’s approval for you to safely drive and work with your condition. 

What should I expect during DOT physicals?

When you arrive at White Integrated Health Clinics for DOT physicals, the friendly staff members check your weight, pulse, blood pressure, and other vital signs. Your provider reviews your medical history, including prior diagnoses, symptoms, and medications you might take.

They complete a comprehensive physical exam to assess your:

  • Eyes, ears, mouth, and throat
  • Lungs, chest, and breathing
  • Swallowing
  • Abdomen
  • General appearance
  • Balance
  • Reflexes
  • Speech
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Limbs
  • Body mass index (BMI)

You might undergo a urine test, blood tests, asthma tests, X-rays, or other diagnostic tests to detect or rule out possible health problems. Your specialist may ask about your vaccination history as well.

You might need treatment prior to passing a DOT physical. Examples include medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. Your specialist personalizes a treatment plan to help you manage a chronic disease, if you have one, and pass your DOT physical. 

You may also require contact lenses or glasses to correct vision problems, or you may need a hearing aid to eliminate hearing impairments.

What happens after DOT physicals?

After you pass your DOT physical, which means your medical examiner determines you’re physically qualified to safely drive a commercial motor vehicle, they would complete a Medical Examiner’s Certificate and give you a copy.

Your certification is valid for 3-24 months, depending on your overall health and whether or not you have an ongoing medical condition.

If you’re due for a DOT physical, call the White Integrated Health Clinics office today, or schedule an appointment online with our Family Nurse Practitioner.