Tips For DOT Physical

At Chiro Stop we do
DOT Physical Exams and
DOT Drug Alcohol Testing.

Quick, accurate, and hassle free.

No appointment necessary. Walk-ins are welcome, or
call 801-972-2332 to guarantee a time that works for you.

Parking for 135 trucks at Sapp Bros. I 80 Truck Stop, in Salt Lake City, Utah.


DOT Doctor

Your DOT doctor at Sapp Bros. truck stop is Dr. Kenn Seals. Most drivers just call him “Doc”.

He’s been here at Sapp Bros. truck stop, in Salt Lake City,  working with commercial drivers for more than seven years so he understands the importance of you passing your DOT physical exam for your CDL.

Our goal at Chiro Stop 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.


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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The week before your DOT physical exam, cut back on coffee, sodas, energy drinks, potato chops, 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:

  • 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).
  • Drink water. Come with a need to pee.


Getting Past ‘White Coat’ Syndrome:

  • First off, we understand that this is a very real concern for some drivers.
  • Secondly, 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.
  • Lastly, we work in a truck stop and you won’t find a white coat in our facility.


Frequently Asked Questions:

CDL and Health Related Articles:

High Blood Pressure: Commercial Driver Risk?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Commercial Driver Risk?


Questions or Comments:

If you have a question about the DOT physical requirements, please leave it in the space below. Doctor Kenn will answer it as soon as possible. Visit this web page again soon to see our response. Your comments are also welcome.

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  1. Trucker Doc

     /  April 22, 2014

    @Rob
    Bring a note from your orthopedist stating the reasons why you can’t lift your arm overhead. Then you can explain to the DOT examiner what you can and can’t do and if there are any other restrictions.

  2. rob

     /  April 19, 2014

    Would a shoulder injury keep me from getting my CDL with the medical examiner I can shift and do everything I just can’t lift my arm over my head

  3. Trucker Doc

     /  April 8, 2014

    @Aly
    Being pregnant is not a disqualifier on the DOT examination.
    The urine test is just a kidney screen to test for sugar and protein. It’s 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.

  4. Aly

     /  April 6, 2014

    I noticed on the for they take a urine sample. If I am pregnant can I fail a dot physical?

  5. Trucker Doc

     /  March 20, 2014

    @Derek
    No!

  6. derek

     /  March 8, 2014

    I just took a drug test for this company, and i found out that i have weed in my system, is there any another way to pass a drug test screening even tho u r dirty. or do u just have to wait till the weed is out of yo system… and if u do test positive 4 weed in your system does it go on your dat report or what…

  7. Trucker Doc

     /  January 15, 2014

    @Arthur
    This should not be a problem for you. It is only a concern if it causes discomfort or is progressively getting worse.

  8. Arthur Sequeira

     /  January 9, 2014

    I have a very small hernia, right side of my groin area…not large or protruding..and its not painful. i am a bodybuilder and lift daily. you can feel it on the exam when I cough..otherwise you cant tell by looking. when I get my physical will this disqualify me from getting a renewal? previous company went thru Concentra for DOT physicals but now does a local DR. my Physical is due in May… please advise

  9. Trucker Doc

     /  December 10, 2013

    @Alvin
    Not necessarily, but you will want to bring information to the examining dot doctor to evaluate as he is going through the examination. Blood thinners usually have other effects and there is a reason for taking this medication to begin with. So bring information and your medication with you at the time of the exam. Thanks for the question. Trucker Doc.

  10. Will I disqualify from a CDL if I take comodine?

  11. Trucker Doc

     /  November 14, 2013

    @Max
    Sorry to hear that you are encountering challenges that affect your livelihood. Hope this information helps.
    This is not a ‘new’ federal law. The federal self-certification process is new, but the DOT physical exam requirements haven’t changed. Since you received your class A driver’s license you have had to have a valid medical certificate to operate a CMV.
    Unless your hernia interferes with your ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle, then there is no reason that the DOT examiner would not qualify you. And if it is true that the hernia does interfere with your operating a CMV, then you should consider getting it fixed.
    As for why an employer would let a good employee go, I think I would have to have a conversation with my employer as to why I was being released. Questions should be answered honestly.
    Thanks for your comments. Trucker Doc.

  12. All of a sudden new federal requirements say its mandatory I have a health card with me starting in 2014. Well I got a left inguinal hernia in the army on my way to desert storm. The army rushed me to surgery and two day later it was fixed. That was in 1991. The hernia came back 4 years ago and I have been living with it. Now it looks like my career will end because I went for my new required physical and the doc said he could not Qualify me to drive. He said I must stop driving. I went back and told my employer. After 9 years with the company they no longer have any use for me. I have been unemployed since july 10 2013. After having a class A CDL for 15 years, my way of living is gone just like that.

  13. Trucker Doc

     /  November 12, 2013

    @Mike
    More questions than answers, I think.
    Like – How are you controlling your diabetes? Diet, meds, insulin?
    Prescription pain meds for your back. What kind and for what duration?

    So if you just want to keep your cdl – Why? See this article on the new FMCSA medical certification requirements for a way to possibly keep your CDL without a medical card.
    If you want to keep your CDL and you are going to go through a DOT medical examination, then I would make a few recommendations.
    Make sure you take whatever information you can about both of your conditions and how they are being treated by your healthcare provider. DOT has changed some of the regulations and you will need to substantiate the findings, treatment and stability of your present conditions to the DOT examiner.
    You don’t need to worry about the long form, every DOT examiner has the forms.
    Thanks for the questions. Trucker Doc

  14. Trucker Doc

     /  November 12, 2013

    @JT
    I do not believe the medications you are taking will cause a DOT drug test to comeback positive.
    If for some reason one of the medications does cause a positive finding, then the Medical Review Officer (MRO) would call you personally and request a copy of your doctors prescription be faxed over to him. That way he can perform a second test on your split sample to confirm your medications, thus causing a positive test to be negative.
    Thanks for the question. Trucker Doc.

  15. hI, QUESTION OR TWO, IM GOING TO BE 60 YRS OLD. IM RETIRED CONTROLED DIABETIC. IM ON PAIN MEDS FOR MY BACK. NOW I HAVE MY PRIMARY TO CONTROL MY DIABETIC NEEDS. AND A NEURO THAT PERCRIBES MY PAIN MEDS. MY QUESTION IS SHOULD I BRING MY LAB WORK PAPERS AND SHOULD I HAVE DOCUMENTATION FROM MY NERO. I JUST WANT TO KEEP MY CDL. BUT I HAVE TO GO TO A CLINIC. WHAT EXACTLY DO THEY LOOK FOR. AND WHATS THE LONG FORM THEY TALK ABOUT TO FILL OUT. I LIVE IN THE STATE OF N.Y. IF YOU CAN KIND OF GUIDE ME THROUGH THIS I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT. AND THANK-YOU.
    MIKE

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