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DOT Physicals Specialist

Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C.

Family Medicine Practice located in Valdosta, GA

Before you can get behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle, you need a special exam: the Department of Transportation (DOT) physical. At Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., in Valdosta, Georgia, the DOT-certified team completes DOT physicals in a clean, safe, and welcoming environment. Book your appointment using the online link or call the office to schedule.

DOT Physicals Q&A

What are DOT physicals?

DOT physicals are a medical exam required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. You must successfully complete this medical exam to legally drive a commercial vehicle in the United States. 

The experienced doctors at Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., are specially qualified (DOT-certified) to perform this type of exam.

What happens in DOT physicals?

DOT physicals are similar to an annual physical exam in some ways, but there are also specific driving-related assessments during a DOT physical. You can expect:

  • A medical history review
  • Full physical exam
  • Neurological screening
  • Blood pressure check
  • Heart function test - an echocardiogram (EKG)
  • Basic vision test - wearing corrective lenses if you have them
  • Basic hearing test - wearing a hearing aid if you have one

You also have a urinalysis, which the team immediately processes in the on-site lab. The urinalysis screens for drugs and also for diseases like diabetes. 

In some cases, preliminary test results may indicate a potential issue. You may then need additional tests such as blood work or other tests to diagnose or rule out issues. 

Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., has all the necessary imaging and testing equipment in the office. 

Can I pass a DOT physical with a chronic disease?

It depends on the chronic disease and how you're managing it. Some conditions, including high blood pressure and diabetes, are manageable through lifestyle habits and medication. 

But, you must have your condition well-controlled at the time of your DOT exam to pass. You need to provide proof of medical management from your primary care doctor. 

If you're already a patient at Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., it can simplify the DOT physical process because the team can easily review your recent disease management records to make sure you're in optimal health. 

How often do I need a DOT physical?

DOT physicals are good for up to 24 months. However, if you have a chronic condition, like diabetes or high blood pressure, your DOT physical is most likely good for 12 months instead. At the time of your exam, the team explains how long your test results last. 

Valdosta Family Medicine Associates, P.C., makes the DOT physical process simple and easy. Call the office or book your DOT physical online.