DOT Exams

Preparing to hit the road for your career? Dr. Josh Schreiner at Schreiner Family Chiropractic in Verona, WI, offers DOT exams to get you on the road as soon as possible.

Guide to DOT Exams With Your Verona, WI, Chiropractor

Truck drivers and other commercial drivers need a CDL to legally operate the vehicle they are entrusted with. And in order to obtain and maintain a CDL, you have to have a DOT exam. Why, exactly, is this the case? What does a DOT exam entail? And how often do you need one? Dr. Schreiner and our team at Schreiner Family Chiropractic answer these questions below.

Importance of DOT Exams

A DOT exam isn’t just something to check off your to-do list. It’s a very important piece of safely operating a vehicle. Many different health conditions and challenges can impact your ability to drive. And when you’re driving a commercial vehicle, you’re not just responsible for cargo and your own safety. You’re also responsible for the safety of people in the surrounding vehicles. A DOT exam ensures that you are healthy enough to uphold this responsibility.

Additionally, driving and sitting for long periods – in addition to the stresses of driving and delivery schedules – can negatively impact your health. Regular DOT exams help ensure that you stay healthy and address any problems that might arise.

What Happens During DOT Exams?

Your overall health will be assessed, including your:

  • Blood pressure and pulse
  • Temperature
  • Heart rate
  • Reflexes
  • Muscle strength
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Overall appearance
  • Balance

Typically, the exam will include a urinalysis to test for anything that might impact your driving safety.

Can Chiropractors Really Perform a DOT Exam?

Chiropractors in general can perform DOT exams. However, they must be registered as a licensed medical examiner through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

How Often Do You Need a DOT Exam?

This will depend on the results of your examination. If you are in good general health, your medical certificate can last up to two years. If any issues are detected during your exam, the certificate can last less than a year. During this time, it’s prudent to seek attention for any detected issues to achieve more optimal results in your next examination.

Do Vision or Hearing Problems Cause Exam Failure?

Not necessarily. As long as you have corrective lenses or hearing devices that can help you achieve the desired exam results, you can still receive your medical card.

Whether you’re new to driving or a veteran at it, visit Dr. Schreiner at Schreiner Family Chiropractic in Verona, WI, for your DOT exams by calling (608) 848-0058 for an appointment.

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