Cermak Immediate Care
Immediate Care & Primary Care Practice located in Cicero, IL, Roseland, IL, Little Village, IL, and North Lawndale, IL
If you’re working toward a commercial driver’s license, a DOT physical is part of that process. For men and women in and around Cicero and Roseland in Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Ruchir Thakkar and the team at Cermak Immediate Care can help check this item off your to-do list. DOT physicals are relatively straightforward and can be conducted at a time convenient for you. Book your visit today using the online scheduling tool, or call Cermak Immediate Care to check appointment availability.
DOT Physicals Q & A
What is a DOT physical?
If you’re planning to earn a commercial driver’s license, the Department of Transportation requires you to undergo a special physical exam. Only health professionals who are classified as a Medical Examiner are able to perform a DOT physical.
Dr. Ruchir Thakkar at Cermak Immediate Care is an authorized provider and can assist you with this step in your path toward commercial driving authorization.
What happens during a DOT physical?
The process begins with a thorough health history. You’ll be asked about your personal and familial health, including questions regarding:
- Neurological disorders
- Psychiatric disorders
- Hearing and vision issues
- Digestive health
- Chronic pain
- Cardiac health
You’ll also receive a full physical exam that includes an assessment of your heart and lung function, vision, hearing, reflexes, and more.
What can I do to prepare for my DOT physical?
The best step you can take to prepare for a DOT physical is to gather your relevant health information. This includes your immunization record, a list of current health issues, and a full list of prescription medications.
Be prepared to discuss your family health history and to provide dates for any personal health concerns. If you have a medical condition that is currently managed by your primary care physician, you may want to bring supplementary information about that care.
If you’ve suffered a heart attack, stroke, or other serious health problem, you may need a letter or other documentation from a specialist that states you are healthy enough to drive a commercial vehicle.
How often will I need to come in for a DOT physical?
Once you pass your DOT physical exam you’ll receive a Medical Examiner’s Certificate. That document is usually good for a period of 24 months, after which you’ll need to come in for a new DOT exam.
If your exam reveals a mental or physical health issue that requires monitoring, your certificate may be issued for a period of time less than 24 months. That means you’ll be required to come in for another exam as indicated. You can take steps to improve your health in the meantime, which could extend the time between future exams.
If you need a DOT physical, schedule an appointment today. You can book your visit online or call Cermak Immediate Care to set up a time and date.
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