DOT Medical Exams

Are you applying for a job in the Department of Transportation? If yes, you’ll need to undergo the DOT medical examination to qualify you for the job. Backsmart Wellness Center is a reputed DOT physical exam center in Edison, NJ. We conduct comprehensive DOT medical exams and prepare the report which you can submit to your potential employer.

Our board-certified chiropractic physician, Dr. Robert Foster, has extensive experience helping prospective DOT employees get a complete check-up for their evaluation. He is aware of the mandatory checks and requirements of the DOT. You can trust him for a comprehensive evaluation.

At Backsmart Wellness Center, we use state-of-the-art medical technology to administer your exams. You can trust us for the most accurate and quick results. Schedule your DOT medical exam today.

What happens during the DOT medical exam?

The DOT medical exam involves a series of physical tests that are designed to identify your eligibility to become a licensed driver or heavy vehicle operator under the Department of Transportation.

The DOT exam involves a series of tests such as:

  • Evaluation of medical history
  • Physical stamina and strength test
  • Blood pressure check
  • Hearing test
  • Vision exam
  • Urine analysis

WHO NEEDS TO UNDERGO THE DOT MEDICAL EXAM?

The DOT physical test is a mandatory medical examination that must be undergone by you if:

  • You are interested in applying for a job in the DOT
  • You are driving or operating a vehicle that weighs over 10,000 lbs (if the vehicle is over 26,000 lbs, then a drug test is mandatory)
  • You are operating a vehicle that carries more than 8 people on board
  • You have been diagnosed with diabetes, high BP and heart disease

What are the DOT’s disqualifying points?

While a variety of factors are considered during the exam, typically, the DOT rejects applicants who:

  • Have drugs in their bloodstream (unless it’s a medically allowed drug for your well-being)
  • Have a blood pressure that is above 140/90
  • Have a BMI over 33
  • Have an implanted defibrillator
  • Have any disease or medical condition that can prevent you from discharging your responsibilities at the DOT

Preparing for the DOT physical

One of the best ways to prepare for the DOT – while also improving your health – is to make certain lifestyle changes. These include:

  • Drinking lots of water and staying hydrated
  • Taking your prescribed medication on time
  • Getting your eyes tested and your vision details updated
  • Reducing dependence on alcohol and smoking
  • Reducing consumption of oily or salty snacks
  • Exercising and eating nutritious meals
  • Reducing stress levels by sleeping, meditating, spending time in nature, etc.

These lifestyle modifications – done over the course of a few months before the DOT – can help you reduce your risk of failing the medical exam.

On the day of the exam, be sure to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, as you may be given a physical exercise test. Dr. Robert Foster will be able to advise you on how to prepare for the DOT, if you come in for a consultation prior to the testing.

At Backsmart Wellness Center, we pride ourselves on our quick and efficient medical testing and reporting. Contact us today to schedule your consultation or your DOT exam with Dr. Robert Foster. Once you pass the exam, we will provide a laminated medical certificate, certifying you as eligible for a job as a driver/operator at the DOT.

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