What to plan in advance before coming in:
If you have a medical condition, we will require you bring some paperwork:
- Medications - List all the prescription medicines you take, including strength and dosage.This also applies to over-the-counter drugs as well. For example if you take an aspirin a day, put that on the list.
- Contact information - Have names and phone numbers of your doctors in case you need to call and have them fax missing information.
- Diabetic Condition - If you’ve been prescribed a medication bring the name of it along with the name of the prescribing doctor.
- High Blood Pressure - If you’ve been prescribed a medication bring the name of it along with the name of the 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.
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 and /or hearing aids.
- Drink plenty of water, we will be administering a urination test.
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 chips, etc.. Doing this can help lower your blood pressure reading.
Getting Past 'White Coat' Syndrome:
First off, we understand that this is a very real concern for some drivers. We know 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 so there are no white coats in our practice.
Back, Neck, Shoulder, or Leg Pain?
The repetitive tasks drivers have to perform daily can put stress on their bodies. Drivers that see us for pain typically come in because of their low back. Although low back pain is the most common thing we see it’s not uncommon to also see neck pain, shoulder pain and at times hip and leg pain in drivers. Chiropractic adjustments are key to getting patients out of pain and to improving their ability to perform their work. Our clinic has Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Kinesio Taping, and specialized exercises designed for each patient to help you get out of pain quickly. If you have pain, ask Dr. Corey 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 and will make sure to get you to the right place