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Transportation Health Services DOT and CDL Physical Exams

A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is a physical exam that is required of people who drive commercial vehicles. The point of a DOT physical is to make sure that people who are driving commercial motor vehicles are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires them for the safety of the public.

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DOT Or CDL Physical in Kissimmee
What Does a Dot Physical Consist of ?

What Does a Dot Physical Consist of ?

The health care provider who performs your DOT physical will ask you detailed questions about your medical history, including:

  • Any medicines you're taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
  • If you've ever had surgery.
  • Any health problems you've had.
  • If you've ever been dependent on an illegal substance.
  • If you use tobacco, alcohol, or illegal substances.
  • If you've ever failed a drug test.
  • Any symptoms you're currently having.

You will have a hands-on physical that includes checking your

  • Height
  • Weight
  • Blood pressure
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Circulatory system, which is your arteries, veins, and lymphatic system.
  • Genital and urinary system, including checking for hernias.
  • Nervous system, including your reflexes.
  • Gait, which is how you walk .
  • Extremities and joints.

You'll also have to have a urinalysis to check for protein, blood, sugar, and specific gravity. These tests can tell your doctor if you need additional tests to check for other medical problems. You may also have to have other tests if your doctor thinks they're necessary.

You will have a hands-on physical that includes checking your
Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

You may also need to have a sleep apnea test if you have symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, which is a disorder where you periodically stop breathing while sleeping. Symptoms of sleep apnea can include:

  • Heavy snoring.
  • Daytime sleepiness.
  • Morning headaches.
  • Gasping for breath during sleep.
  • Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning.