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DOT Exam

Chiropractor, Auto Accident Injury Care & Sports Medicine located in Kissimmee and Orlando, FL

DOT Exam

If your job involves commercial driving, you will likely need a Department of Transportation (DOT) exam as part of the hiring process. Residents of Kissimmee and Orlando, Florida, can rely on Josue Maysonet, DC, and the team at Kerinver Chiropractic for these specialized exams. Booking a visit is as easy as a quick phone call or a few moments online, so don’t delay.

DOT Exam Q & A

What is the purpose of a DOT exam?

The Department of Transportation requires DOT exams for commercial drivers and other workers who engage in work that could lead to personal harm or harm to the public. The purpose of these specialized exams is to ensure that drivers are healthy enough to perform their job duties safely. 

While adding a step to the employment or employment renewal process does place an additional burden on commercial drivers, the intent is to ensure that the roads are safe for all drivers. 

Not every medical professional is authorized to perform DOT exams. Dr. Maysonet is among those practitioners whom the DOT deems eligible to complete DOT exams, and he is also experienced in the documentation aspects of the exams. 

What happens during DOT exams?

Many parts of your DOT exam will feel similar to a routine physical examination. Expect a review of your personal and family health history, as well as a discussion of any medications or supplements you’re taking. 

A brief physical exam follows. Some of the areas of focus include:

  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Heart rate
  • Blood pressure
  • Spine 
  • Neurological function
  • Hernias
  • Abdomen
  • Extremities

Urinalysis is also part of the process, so be prepared to provide a urine sample during your visit. 

How should I prepare for my DOT exam?

Taking a little time to prepare for your exam can make the process easier. It’s helpful to create a written list of all your medications, including the dosage. If you are being treated for any health conditions, be prepared to discuss the details. 

You can still pass a DOT exam if you have hearing or vision issues as long as you have eyeglasses, contacts, or hearing aids that allow you to see and hear within defined parameters. Be sure to bring these devices with you for your exam. 

Don’t let stress about the exam ruin your day. In the unlikely event that your exam reveals areas of concern, you can pursue treatment and resolve those issues. This can help your overall health and wellness, and you may be able to pass another DOT exam once you complete treatment.