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.

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What is a DOT physical?

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.

Who needs a DOT physical?

You’re required to undergo a DOT physical if you’re a driver who:

  • Transports hazardous materials and displays a hazmat card
  • Is paid to operate a motor vehicle that carries more than eight people
  • Operate a commercial vehicle with more than 15 passengers
  • Operate a motor vehicle that has a gross combination weight of over 10,000 lbs.

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.

What does a DOT physical involve?

At LCT Medical, a DOT physical involves three steps:

Detailed health history

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.

Comprehensive physical exam

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.

Laboratory testing

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).

How do I prepare for a DOT physical?

To ensure your DOT physical goes smoothly, LCT Medical recommends:

  • Taking your medications as prescribed
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Exercising regularly
  • Limiting your intake of alcohol and tobacco

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.