HELPFUL HINTS TO PREPARE FOR YOUR DOT PHYSICAL
DOT Physical Exam: Things to Plan in Advance
If you have a medical condition you’re going to need some paperwork:
- Diabetic Condition – Bring a list of medications and name of prescribing doctor. Diabetic truckers may need to bring in a copy of your blood sugar results or hemoglobin A1C (a test that shows what the average blood sugar level over the past 3 months.)
- High Blood Pressure - Bring a list of medications and name of prescribing doctor.
- Heart Condition – If you’ve had a heart attack or cardiovascular disease, you’ll need to bring a copy of your last stress test or release from your cardiologist.
- Sleep Apnea – Bring a copy of your latest sleep test results, if you have one.
- Medications – List all the prescription medicines you take, including strength and dosage. If you regularly take over-the counter medications, such as antacids or allergy pills, list them, too.
- Contact information – Have names and phone numbers of your doctors in case you need to call and have them fax missing information.
DOT Physical Exam: Things To Do to Manage Your Blood Pressure
- Make sure you don’t run out of your prescribed blood-pressure medication.
- Remember to take your medication on schedule. If you forget, most doctors recommend taking your medication as soon as possible.
- If you’re significantly late taking your medication, tell the doctor conducting the DOT physical you forgot to take your regular medication. If your blood pressure is too high, ask to have it rechecked later that day – or even the following day.
- Cutting back on caffeine and nicotine can help improve your blood pressure.
- Reducing the amount of salty foods you eat and avoiding adding salt to your food can also help to lower your blood pressure. (30 percent of idiopathic hypertension [high blood pressure] is related to reduced potassium levels – Ask your physician.)
- Invest in a blood pressure cuff- you would not drive without gauges working in your truck. A blood pressure cuff is your gauges for your body.
- Cut back on coffee, sodas, energy drinks, potato chips, etc, and don’t add salt to your food. Also reduce your use of nicotine as much as possible. Doing this can help lower your blood pressure reading.
The Day of the DOT Physical Exam:
What to Bring
What Not to Do Day of Exam:
- Do NOT drink caffeine two hours before your appointment
- Do NOT smoke before your appointment
- Remember to bring the medical records you’ve prepared in advance, including your list of medications.
- Remember to bring eye glasses (it’s surprising how many people forget this).
Getting Past ‘White Coat’ Syndrome:
- We understand this is a very real concern for some drivers.
- We work with drivers all day long. We understand that passing your DOT physical exam is important to your continued career and your livelihood, and we’re here to do everything we can to help you.
- Dr. Pudenz does not wear a white coat.
Back Pain? Neck Pain? Shoulder Pain? Leg Pain?
Repetitive strain injury builds up over time in long
distance drivers. Many drivers come in to see us with back pain. One of the injuries Dr. Bruce sees often is ‘truckers shoulder‘. Others come in with hip
and leg pain. Chiropractic adjustment is a key treatment Dr. Bruce uses to help patients get out of pain and improve their ability to perform their work. Our clinic has Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Physiotherapy to help you get out of pain quickly. If you have pain, ask Dr. Bruce about it. If he can help you he’ll tell you! If it’s not a condition he can help, he’ll tell you that too!
Tips For DOT Physical
At Gowrie Family Chiropractic Clinic we do DOT Physical Exams and DOT Drug Alcohol Testing. Quick, accurate, and hassle free. Appointment welcome, or call (515) 352-3880 to guarantee a time that works for you.
Your DOT doctor at Gowrie Family Chiropractic Clinic is Dr. Bruce Pudenz. Most drivers just call him “Doc”. We have been working with commercial
drivers for more than ten years so he understands the importance of you passing your DOT physical exam for your CDL. Our goal at Gowrie Family Chiropractic Clinic is twofold: To support you in protecting your livelihood, and to help you with
improved lifestyle choices for your health and for your life. We do our best to help you prepare for your DOT physical exam and make your CDL medical certification as hassle free as possible.
If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call at (515) 352-3880 today!