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DOT Physicals & Occupational Medicine

Here at Comprehensive Primary Care & Wellness, we also provide DOT physicals (Department of Transportation) and occupational medicine services. If you’re a professional truck or bus driver, you have probably been told that you need a DOT physical. They are mandated by federal law and they clear you for driving commercial motor vehicles. They help ensure that you and fellow drivers can handle the long hours, exhausting schedules, and stress of operating commercial vehicles.

Most DOT medical certificates are good for two years. However, if you have low or high blood pressure, or any other condition that may inhibit your ability to drive, you may receive a 1-year certificate. Also, if you have very high blood pressure or other treatable conditions, you may only get a 3-month certificate. If you are able to show improvement in those three months, you can be eligible for a 1 to 2-year certificate.

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Reasons You Need A DOT Physical

  • You operate a vehicle designed to carry more than 15 people
  • Paid to operate a vehicle that carries more than 8 people
  • You operate a motor vehicle with a gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight, gross vehicle weight rating, or a gross combination weight of over 10,000 pounds
  • Transport of hazardous materials that require your vehicle to be placarded

Basic Tests Performed For DOT Physical

  • Blood Pressure Measurement
  • Vision Check
  • Hearing Test
  • Urinalysis for Glucose Levels & Drug Screen
  • Appointment Length: About 45 Minutes
If you would like to visit with one of our nurses or schedule a consultation, give us a call or fill out our contact form today.

DOT Physicals

It’s important to note that sometimes drivers begin suffering from a condition after receiving their DOT physical certificate. That makes it unsafe to carry out the responsibilities of the job. If this is the case, you should stop driving, have the condition treated, and then take your DOT physical again. It sounds like a hassle but it’s important to ensure your safety as well as the safety of other drivers and those around you.

Should you fail the exam, this does not necessarily prohibit you from becoming a driver. Speak with us about your disqualifying condition. If able to be improved with treatment, we can discuss a plan to address it and try again.

There are some driver exemption programs for people with specific disabilities. We can help you decide if you’re eligible for those programs. A DOT physical is an important component in commericial vehicle safety. We want to make this exam easy and convenient for you so you can hit the road safely. Contact our providers with any questions or concerns, we’d love to help out.

Occupational Medicine

Occupational medicine is the practice of maintaining health in the workplace. This includes prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries. It also aims to increase productivity and social adjustment in the workplace.

Our specialists work hard to make sure that the highest standards of occupational health and safety are met. We focus our services on preventative medicine along with the management of illness, injury, and disability that occur in the workplace.

Occupational medicine and therapy is all about health and safety in the workplace. According the American College of Occupational and Enviromental Medicine, occupational medicine can be described as the following: Work that combines clinical medicine, research, and advocacy for people who need the assistance of health professionals to obtain some measure of justice and heathcare for illnesses they suffer as a result of companies pursuing business success.

Whether you’re a truck driver, construction worker, or work in an office, occupational medicine has a place there.