DOT Physicals

Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine -  - Integrative Medicine

Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine

Integrative Medicine & Aesthetics located in Summerville, SC & Mount Pleasant, SC

To ensure safety on the more than 4 million miles of roadways in the United States, the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that commercial carriers undergo a medical exam every two years, which is to be performed by specially licensed health care providers. The team at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine offers DOT physicals in Summerville and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. If you need to get your first DOT physical or are due for a follow-up, call or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment at one of their two locations.

DOT Physicals Q & A

Why do I need a DOT physical?

In an effort to keep the 4 million miles of public roads and 164,000 miles of the National Highway System safe, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that anyone who drives a commercial carrier undergo a physical exam every two years.

Driving a large vehicle over great distances and long hours is a demanding job, and the FMCSA wants to ensure that you’re physically fit enough for the rigors of the job.

Only a limited number of doctors and providers are certified to sign off on the specialized DOT physical, and Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine is one such provider.

What does the DOT physical check for?

Your DOT physical is not unlike your regular annual check-up, except that your doctor has a very specific checklist to cover for the FMCSA. To give you an idea of what to expect, your doctor will:

  • Check your heart rate and blood pressure
  • Perform a urine test
  • Check your hearing and vision
  • Review your medical history, including past surgeries
  • Check for any motor issues, such as limited use of one of your limbs
  • Review your mental health
  • Review any seizure disorders
  • Check for diabetes
  • Review your medications

Keep in mind, this list is just a sample of what your doctor covers during your DOT physical, which takes about four hours. The bottom line is that the DOT physical is for your safety, as well as the safety of others, so your doctor reviews any health issue or concern that may compromise your ability to operate a large rig.

How should I prepare for my DOT physical?

There isn’t much you need to do to prepare for your DOT physical, but you should bring the following items with you:

  • Any prescription medication you’re taking
  • Corrective lenses you wear, including contact lenses or glasses
  • Information on any recent surgical procedures or medical issues

When you call to make your appointment at Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine, you’ll receive a list of what you should bring.

How often do I need a DOT physical?

Once your doctor completes your DOT physical, the staff sends the information to the FMCSA, which will sign off on your Medical Examiner’s Certificate for 24 months. When that certificate expires, you simply return for a follow-up physical.

If you have more questions about the DOT physical or you’d like to go ahead and schedule your appointment, call Atlantic Coast Physical Medicine or use the online booking tool.