DOT Physicals Specialist

NewMed Immediate Care

Urgent Care located in Rolling Meadows, IL

If your job requires you to operate a commercial vehicle, it’s important to participate in DOT physicals regularly. A DOT physical ensures you’re fit for duty and helps you comply with all federal rules and regulations. At NewMed Immediate Care in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, urgent care specialist Ruchir Thakkar, MD, provides DOT physicals. To schedule an appointment, call the office to speak with a team member or book a consultation online today.

DOT Physicals Q & A

What is a DOT physical?

A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is a screening procedure used to acquire a commercial driver’s license. Only health professionals qualified as Medical Examiners –– like Dr. Thakkar –– can perform a DOT physical.

A DOT physical makes sure you’re healthy and fit enough to meet your job’s physical requirements. This includes your ability to tolerate the health risks of sitting for long periods.

What happens during a DOT physical?

At NewMed Immediate Care, a DOT physical begins with a thorough review of your medical history. Afterward, your provider conducts a physical and neurological exam and asks about your lifestyle and any unusual symptoms.

Your provider also evaluates your:

  • Hearing and vision
  • Digestive health
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Lung function
  • Reflexes

Lastly, your provider orders laboratory tests, including a complete blood count (CBC) and urinalysis. These measures can detect underlying health problems and the use of alcohol or illicit drugs.

How do I prepare for my DOT physical?

Before your DOT physical, gather any vital paperwork that’s relevant to your physical or mental health. This includes your immunization records, a list of your medical diagnoses, and a full list of the prescription medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements you take regularly.

During your appointment, your provider asks about your family’s health history. If you have a medical condition that you regularly see a primary care physician for, you should also bring supplementary information regarding treatment.

Additionally, if you’ve suffered a heart attack or stroke in the past, you may need a letter from a specialist that says you’re healthy enough to drive a commercial motor vehicle.

How often do I need to schedule a DOT physical?

Once you pass your DOT physical, you receive a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. In most states (including Illinois), this documentation is good for 24 months or a full two years. If your medical exam detects a potential health problem, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or obstructive sleep apnea, more frequent DOT physicals may be necessary.

Your NewMed Immediate Care provider can make recommendations to improve your health in the meantime. Addressing health problems early on can extend the time between future DOT physicals.

If it’s time for your next DOT physical, schedule an appointment at NewMed Immediate Care. Call the office to speak with a team member or book a consultation online today.