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DOT Physical Specialist

PrimeCare Medical Center

Internists & Family Practice located in Charlotte, NC

If you need a Department of Transportation physical before obtaining a regular or commercial driver’s license, contact PrimeCare Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Kim Neely, PA-C, MSPAS, and board-certified physicians, Patrick Evivie, MD, FACP, RPVI, and Hans Kwaku, MD, MPH, FACP, offer comprehensive physical examinations that meet the state requirements. Schedule your DOT physical today using the convenient online booking system or by calling the office.

DOT Physical Q & A

What is a DOT physical?

As part of the application process for a North Carolina commercial driver’s license, the U.S. Department of Transportation requires certification of your good health.

The purpose of the exam is to ensure you’re in optimal health and can safely operate a commercial motor vehicle. The exam can also identify any existing health issues that could interfere with your ability to drive safely.

What happens during a DOT physical?

During your DOT physical, you can expect to discuss any issues or symptoms you might have. The PrimeCare Medical Center staff review your health history and family history to determine if additional screenings are necessary.

After discussing your health, Dr. Kwaku, Dr. Evivie, or physician’s assistant Kim performs a thorough physical exam. They take your vitals, including temperature and blood pressure, and examine your ears, nose, throat, and lungs to identify any abnormalities.

As part of your physical, you could be asked to perform certain movements that allow the staff to assess your overall strength, flexibility, and reflexes.

What if I have an existing health condition?

If you have a condition like diabetes or cardiovascular disease, you might need to undergo additional screenings like blood work. Screenings can ensure your treatment is keeping your condition under control so you can operate a vehicle safely.

Health conditions that can interfere with your driving ability are also something you can discuss with staff. Impairments like seizures or musculoskeletal disorders could limit your driving activity.

What should I bring to my DOT physical appointment?

To ensure the staff has all of the information necessary to complete your physical, you should bring along a list of your prescription medications and any supplements you take and note the dosages of each.

If you have any other doctor’s notes or lab results relating to an existing condition, bring copies for the staff to review. You should also write down any new symptoms you have experienced or concerns you have about your health and the medical treatments you’re receiving.

You should also bring necessary paperwork from the Department of Transportation that the PrimeCare Medical Center staff can complete during your visit.

Schedule a DOT physical appointment today by calling the office or by using the convenient online booking feature.

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