DOT Physicals Specialist

Dodd Family Practice

Angela G. Dodd, APRN

Family Practice located in Clinton, AR

If you find yourself behind the wheel to make a living, you’ll likely need a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) license, which also means you need to pass a physical exam. At Dodd Family Practice, APRN Angela Dodd is licensed to conduct DOT (Department of Transportation) exams. If you’re in the Clinton, Arkansas area and you need a DOT exam, call Dodd Family Practice, or book an appointment online.

DOT Physicals Q & A

Why do I need a DOT exam?

There’s much more to driving a large rig than simply turning the key and stepping on the gas pedal. The United States is a big country, and trucks do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to getting things from one place to another. With over 15.5 million trucks on the road, safety is the primary concern for the Department of Transportation, for both the truck drivers and the 222 million other licensed drivers.

The DOT medical exam is designed to ensure that your health won’t be a liability on the road. Driving a truck is a demanding job with long hours, and Dodd makes sure you’re physically up to the task.

What is checked during a DOT exam?

During your DOT exam, you typically start by reviewing your medical history and areas of potential concern with Angela Dodd. After this brief review, she checks the following:

  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Blood pressure/heart rate
  • Urine
  • Blood

From there, Dodd performs a physical examination that includes checking your:

  • Lung function
  • Mouth and throat
  • Heart
  • Abdomen and lower abdomen
  • Extremities
  • Spine and overall musculoskeletal health

Once she’s completed her physical exam, checking for any abnormalities that may present a problem, she also checks your coordination, equilibrium, and reflexes.

In fact, a DOT exam is not much different from your annual checkup. Dodd works off a checklist supplied by the DOT to make sure all of the bases are covered.

Do I need to bring anything to the exam?

Yes. If you’ve had surgery or you have a chronic health issue, bring any associated paperwork with you. If Angela Dodd is your primary care provider, odds are she has everything in her files. If she isn’t, bring along anything that has to do with your recent health, including any prescription medications you’re taking. It’s important, too, to bring any corrective eyewear or audio aids that you use on a regular basis.