You need an official Department of Transportation physical (DOT physical) to obtain a commercial driver’s license. At Open Door Wellness Center in Great Falls, Montana, Melonie Parmley, DO, is a qualified provider of these DOT physicals so you can get out on the road. Call today to set up your appointment or schedule online.
DOT physicals are a lot like a routine physical exam but look at specific physical and mental attributes that could influence your ability to operate a commercial vehicle.
The state of Montana and the U.S. Department of Transportation requires all commercial vehicle drivers to pass and acquire this certification before acquiring a CDL or commercial driver’s license. A DOT physical is also needed for people who drive a vehicle of more than 10,000 pounds of gross weight or drive a vehicle with a capacity greater than eight people.
A DOT physical includes a comprehensive review of your personal and family medical history. Dr. Parmley also performs a physical exam that includes vision, hearing, blood pressure, and urinalysis. The goal of the physical is to evaluate your fitness for driving and to identify any health issues that could interfere with your safety or the safety of other people on the road.
Dr. Parmley looks for problems with the eyes, heart, ears, lungs, vascular system, and spine that could make driving a large or commercial vehicle difficult or dangerous. The urinalysis checks for illicit substances and high blood sugar.
Patients with chronic conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, may require additional screenings before passing their DOT physical. Dr. Parmely wants to ensure that you don’t have complications that could interfere with the safe operation of a commercial vehicle.
Certain conditions will prevent you from passing a DOT physical. These include seizures and certain musculoskeletal disorders.
Usually, you won’t need any special preparation for your DOT physical. Do bring a list of all prescriptions, supplements, or over-the-counter medications that you take. Also, be prepared to discuss your diet, exercise habits, and substance use.
Bring any hearing aids, vision aids – such as glasses or contact lenses – and mobility aids to your DOT physical. You’ll also need to bring your DOT physical form so Dr. Parmley can fill it out and sign it.
Reserve your appointment for a DOT physical today. Call Open Door Wellness Center or use this website to schedule online.