DOT Physical Specialist

John Rinker, DO

Family Medicine & Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine located in Pontiac, IL

If you drive a commercial vehicle, operate a bus, or transport hazardous material, federal law requires that you get a Department of Transportation Medical Examination, commonly called a DOT physical. Dr. John Rinker, DO, offers DOT physicals to long haul and commercial drivers in Pontiac, Illinois and the surrounding areas. Call the office today to book an appointment or schedule your DOT physical online.

DOT Physical Q & A

What is a DOT physical?

A Department of Transportation (DOT) physical is a highly specialized medical exam required by law for commercial vehicle drivers. Only certified medical examiners or physicians can give it. The exam is used to certify that you can safely:

  • Drive a commercial vehicle
  • Transport hazardous material
  • Operate a bus

The physical not only determines whether your health is good enough for you to perform the duties of the job, but that you can do so without threatening the public or other drivers.

What is included in a DOT health history?

Before you see Dr. Rinker, you answer a questionnaire about your health history to disclose your experience with any of the following:

  • Epilepsy
  • Seizures
  • Diabetes
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Vision impairment
  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart attack or heart disease
  • Alcohol use
  • Drug use
  • Neurological issues
  • Respiratory health
  • Sleep apnea or other sleep disorders
  • Chronic pain

What does a DOT physical consist of?

Since the goal of the DOT physical is to ensure you can securely operate a commercial vehicle, it's comprehensive and specific. To make sure you are road-ready, Dr. Rinker checks your:

  • Blood pressure
  • Range of motion
  • Balance
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Urine (for signs of diabetes or drug use)
  • Limbs (for impairment)
  • Spine
  • Abdomen
  • Lung function
  • Heart function

Additionally, a 5-panel drug test is administered to rule out usage of marijuana, opiates, amphetamines, cocaine, and PCP.

What if I don’t pass my DOT physical?

Unfortunately, you won’t be able to drive until you pass every facet of the exam. If an issue surfaces that requires treatment or specialized care, Dr. Rinker works diligently to resolve the issue quickly so you can get back on the road.

How long are the results of my examination valid?

When you pass the DOT physical, your results are good for two years. If Dr. Rinker identifies a condition that needs monitoring more frequently, he may write your DOT card for three months at a time until your issue is stable.

Commercial drivers in and around Pontiac, Illinois, can schedule a DOT physical at Dr. Rinker’s comfortable, state-of-the-art office. Call today to meet with Dr. Rinker or book a time that’s convenient for you with the online scheduling tool.