Department of Transportation Physical Exams

Department of Transportation Physical Exams in Belleville, MI

Department of Transportation busIf your job has an effect on your own safety and that of the public’s, you’ll need a Department of Transportation physical.

A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is necessary for those who are employed as drivers, truckers or anyone else operating a motorized vehicle. These differ from a normal physical exam, as they are a bit more stringent and can seem a bit intimidating. Being in this line of work means that you are constantly around other drivers, and this exam simply shows that you are capable of keeping yourself and those around you safe. 

At Belleville Health Care, PC, we offer walk-in DOT physicals for your convenience to quickly get you back to work. Our staff is experienced in providing these exams and quickly supplying you the results you need to get back on the roads. Trust our staff of medical professionals to take your work seriously. 

To simplify the exam process, drivers with known medical issues should bring appropriate items, including:

  • A complete list of current medications (including dosages)
  • Eyeglasses, contacts or hearing aids, where applicable 
  • If you’re diabetic, you need to bring the most recent lab results from your Hemoglobin A1C (HgAIC) and your blood sugar logs
  • If you have heart-related issues, you should try to bring a letter from your cardiologist that outlines your medical history and indicates that you are safe to work 

The Department Of Transportation physical consists of the following examinations: 

  • Vision – Drivers are required to have at least 20/40 acuity in each eye (with or without correction). They also need to have at least 70” peripheral in the horizontal meridian in each eye.
  • Hearing – Drivers must be able to perceive what is known as a “forced whisper” at a distance of five feet or less, with or without a hearing aid. This standard equates to an average hearing loss in the better ear of less than 40 dB.
  • Blood Pressure/Pulse Rate – The physician will check the driver's blood pressure and pulse to look for signs of high blood pressure and irregular heartbeat.
  • Urinalysis – The test looks for indications of underlying medical conditions, such as diabetes.
  • Physical Examination – The physical exam covers the following categories:
    • General appearance 
    • Eyes (cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.)
    • Ears (scarring of tympanic membrane, perforated eardrums, etc.)
    • Mouth and Throat (to look for problems breathing or swallowing)
    • Heart (murmurs, extra sounds, pacemaker, etc.)
    • Lungs and chest, not including breast examination (abnormal breathing, impaired respiratory functions, cyanosis, etc.)
    • Abdomen and Viscera (enlarged liver, viscera, muscle weakness)
    • Vascular (abnormal pulse, carotid, varicose veins)
    • Genito-urinary (hernias)
    • Extremities (limb impaired)
    • Spine, Other Musculoskeletal (previous surgery, limitation of motion, tenderness, etc.)
    • Neurological (impaired equilibrium, coordination or speech pattern, ataxia, asymmetric deep tendon reflexes)

Not every doctor is certified to administer a DOT physical.

Your DOT health exam may only be completed by an FMCSA-certified medical examiner, and at Belleville Health Care, PC, we have certified doctors standing by to help. We can evaluate the results of your physical to determine if you meet all of the requirements needed to pass the physical, and then mark the report with our findings to pass on to your employer. We stay current on the DOT regulations so you can expect your DOT walk-in physical to be accurate, quick and friendly!

Call or visit Belleville Health Care, PC today for your DOT physical!