If you work behind the wheels of large commercial vehicles, you need to get routine DOT physicals. The Department of Transportation requires these physicals to ensure that drivers are healthy enough to drive these vehicles for long periods of time. At Lorenzen Chiropractic Clinic in Richardson, TX, we provide DOT physicals. We are happy to answer any questions you have about these exams.
What Is a DOT Physical?
An annual DOT physical is necessary because it catches diseases, early signs of potential neurological disorders, and other health conditions that can prevent you from safely operating larger commercial vehicles. These tests ensure that you can handle the stress and long hours of operating these vehicles.
Texas DOT Physical Requirements
In Texas, a successful DOT physical grants you a medical card that you carry with you, just as you hold your driver's license and other essential credentials. The Department of Transportation allows for certain exceptions to be made on a physical, and those exceptions vary based on the type of roads, equipment, or interstate travel you plan on conducting.
To pass a DOT Physical, our Nationally certified medical examiner (NCME doctor) will run you through a series of approved tests. These tests check for many things.
- How well you can see. You must not have any color blindness and clearly see the differences between red, green, amber, and other colors.
- Your hearing levels must allow you to hear warning signals like a horn, air-raid siren, or emergency vehicle siren over background noise. You should be able to hear a forced whisper at five feet. Some exceptions allow you to meet this requirement with a hearing aid.
- Your height, weight, and blood pressure must all be within acceptable limits. Your blood pressure may be controlled using medication in some circumstances.
- You must not have any disease that requires insulin for management, nor have blood sugar levels that consistently stay over 200.
- You'll be checked for cardiopulmonary disorders, chronic breathing issues, or neurological issues that can cause immediate and uncontrolled sleeping spells or seizures.
- Your ability to lift certain weights while performing a range of motion may be tested.
Our NCME doctor is trained to look for any underlying conditions and can provide you with the next steps you'll need to take to solve them. Your DOT physical can last from 3 months up to 2 years, depending on any health conditions you have.
Schedule an Appointment with Our NCME Doctor in Richardson, TX for a DOT Physical
If you need a DOT physical for your job, visit our facility. At Lorenzen Chiropractic Clinic in Richardson, TX, our NCME doctor provides these exams to ensure that you are fit for the job. We are happy to answer any questions you have about the process. We recommend that you get an exam within 60 days before the expiration of your current one. Call us today to schedule an appointment.