DOT Physicals in Temple Texas

Anthony Medical & Chiropractic Center offers DOT Physicals to residents of Temple and its surrouding communities. The cost for a DOT phyiscal is only $85. The information below will help you prepare for your physical.

Things To Prepare For Your DOT Appointment

  • All forms must be completed before your examination. ( Click here for complete your forms )
  • Make sure to continue taking your prescribed medications as usual.
  • Wear loose clothing for the physical exam.
  • Don’t use the restroom just before your appointment. You will need to give a small urine sample for a kidney screen. This is not for a drug test.
  • Your valid driver’s license.
  • Eye glasses or contact lenses, if applicable. If you recently had an eye exam it would be helpful, but not necessary, to bring that exam report with you.
  • A working hearing aid, if applicable.
  • List of medications, and the name and contact information of the prescribing doctor.
  • Medical release/opinion letter from your primary doctor or specialist for any medical conditions being treated, or recent illness, injury, or surgery.
  • Current FMCSA Waiver or Exemption Certificate or Skills Performance Evaluation if applicable.

What To Expect During Your DOT Examination

  • The doctor will review your health history with you.
  • Conduct a thorough physical examination.
  • Run a urine screen (dip-stick test) for urine specific gravity, urine protein, urine blood, and urine sugar, to check for the onset of possible disqualifying medical conditions.

Put In A Nutshell

Help the DOT doctor help you. Come prepared to your DOT Physical exam appointment. Bring everything you need. Then it’ll just be a matter of checking through each item on the Medical Examination Report and you should be done and set with your new DOT Medical Card in about 30 to 45 minutes.

How Long Is A DOT Medical Card Good For?

  • It can vary on your health status---individual for each person
  • Options are:
    • 2 years – If you meet all the FMCSA DOT Regulations for Commercial Driver Fitness.
    • A limited time, usually 1 year or 6 months, if periodic monitoring is required for certain medical conditions.
    • A limited time, usually a 1 to 3 month window, if you have a recently diagnosed condition that you are working with your primary care doctor to get under control.
    • Disqualified. A medical condition or medication may cause your medical card to be disqualified until the disqualifying conditions are rectified.

Other Questions About the DOT Physical

Does a DOT physical include a drug test?

No, drug testing is not part of a DOT physical exam.
Be aware that if you have been sent by your company for a DOT physical, they may request – in addition – that a drug screen is done. Currently, we are not doing the drug test in our office.

What is the DOT physical urine test used for?

The urine test is a kidney screen to test for sugar, protein, and bacteria. It is done to determine that there is no early onset of conditions like high blood pressure breaking down the kidneys, or early signs of diabetes, or kidney infection. A positive result does require follow up.

What if I conceal a conditional or disqualifying medical condition?

On the first page of the Medical Examination Report you must certify that your responses are complete and true. Making a false statement for concealing a medical condition may invalidate the examination and the Medical Examiner’s Certificate.

I usually get high BP only when this DOT physical is due!! What can I do?

Here are some tips to manage your blood pressure and have it measure as low as possible during the exam.

Each of these factors may affect your blood pressure reading a number of points:

  • Nicotine/Caffeine. Nicotine and caffeine both raise your blood pressure. It’s best to refrain from smoking, chew, coffee, tea, sodas, and energy drinks a few hours before the examination. Replace caffeinated drinks with water to stay hydrated.
  • Tired. Tired, weary, stressed? Your blood pressure is likely to go up. Get rested before the examination and leave plenty of time to get to your appointment. Get to your appointment early so you have time to sit and relax.
  • Glass of water. Drink a full glass of water before you get to your appointment. This will help calm your body as well as prepare you to give a urine sample.
  • Emotional State. Stress or anxiety can cause large increases in blood pressure. If you are thinking about something that causes you to tense up or become stressed whilst having your blood pressure taken, the levels could significantly increase. While your blood pressure is being taken, be quiet and think about something far away that makes you feel happy and relaxed.
  • Talking. If you are talking to the examiner while having your blood pressure taken, studies have shown that your systolic blood pressure measurement may increase 10 to 15mmHg. Be comfortable talking beforehand, especially if you’re chatting about something that makes you feel happy or relaxed, like a sport or hobby, or a vacation. Then be quiet during the blood pressure reading.
  • Restricted Breathing. Holding your breath because you are nervous will raise your blood pressure. Breathe slowly and deeply like the doctor tells you to when listening to your heart with a stethoscope. Breathing slowly and evenly will help your body to relax.
  • Arm/Back/Feet Unsupported. When having your blood pressure measured, you should always be seated in a comfortable chair, legs uncrossed, with your back and arm supported. If your back is not supported, your diastolic blood pressure measurement may be increased by 6 mmHg. Crossing your legs has shown to raise your systolic blood pressure by 2 to 8 mmHg. The positioning of your upper arm below your heart level will also result in higher measurements, whereas positioning your upper arm above your heart level will give you lower measurements. These differences can increase/decrease your systolic blood pressure 2mmHg for every inch above/below your heart level.
  • Blood Pressure Cuff Used Over Clothing. Studies have shown that clothing can impact a systolic blood pressure from 10 to 50 mmHg. When having your blood pressure measured, the cuff should always be placed directly on your arm.

Bonus tip:

  • Get Your Spine Aligned! Pain or physical discomfort tends to raise blood pressure. Several studies have shown that chiropractic adjustment will lower blood pressure after the correction is delivered.