If your job involves operating a commercial vehicle, you’re required by law to undergo a DOT physical once every two years. At LCT Medical, Chidi Anukwuem, MD, and Miriam Joseph, NP, offer DOT physicals in compliance with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) guidelines. To make an appointment at the practice, call the office in Irvington or Old Bridge, New Jersey, or click the online booking tool today.
A DOT physical is a routine screening procedure that determines if you’re healthy enough to safely operate a commercial vehicle.
It’s required by law and assesses your ability to handle the intense schedule, physical demands, and emotional stress of operating heavy machinery and vehicles.
You’re required to undergo a DOT physical if you’re a driver who:
Once you complete a DOT physical, you receive a medical certificate that’s valid for two years. If you have a chronic underlying condition, like high blood pressure, diabetes, or sleep apnea, more frequent checkups may be necessary.
At LCT Medical, a DOT physical involves three steps:
Before a DOT physical begins, your LCT Medical provider has you fill out a health history form, including a list of the medications you regularly take, the surgeries you’ve had, and how often you use alcohol, tobacco, or other substances. In addition, let your provider know about any unusual symptoms you’re experiencing.
After reviewing your complete health history, your LCT Medical provider conducts a comprehensive physical exam.
They shine a light in your ears, eyes, nose, and throat, palpate your organs to determine their location and size, and test your reflexes. Then, they listen to your heart and respiratory rate and have you perform a series of easy strength and range of motion exercises.
Following the physical, your LCT Medical provider orders laboratory tests. These tests analyze samples of bodily fluids like blood, urine, or saliva to determine your risk of specific health problems. Depending on your medical history, they might also recommend other in-office tests like an electrocardiogram (EKG).
To ensure your DOT physical goes smoothly, LCT Medical recommends:
If you wear glasses or contact lenses, it’s important to have them regularly updated.
Living a healthy lifestyle can reduce your risk of chronic health problems, making it easier to handle your professional responsibilities.
Don’t wait to schedule a DOT physical at LCT Medical. Call the nearest office to speak with a caring member of the staff or click the online booking tool today.