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Tracy, Calif. – Ringer Chiropractic is now offering Department of Transportation (DOT) physical exams. Tracy chiropractor Dr. Donald P. Ringer follows guidelines set forth under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) medical standards and the nine-page DOT physical exam form. Following successful completion of the exam, drivers receive a Medical Examiner Certificate, which they must carry with them when they drive. DOT exams include vision testing, hearing testing, blood pressure testing, blood sugar (glucose level) testing, and drug testing.
Commercial truck drivers who need an annual Department of Transportation (DOT) physical can now complete their California DOT exam at Ringer Chiropractic. California chiropractor Dr. Donald P. Ringer is trained and certified to perform DOT physical exams for California drivers.
The DOT exam includes a blood test, vision test and hearing test; the physical also assess blood sugar levels, blood pressure and blood pressure.
“Scheduling a DOT physical can sometimes be a frustrating process, especially for drivers with busy schedules who simply don’t have the time to take an entire day off from work to get their physical test,” said Dr. Ringer, “We now offer same day testing.” “Our Tracy wellness center already works closely with many commercial drivers as patients to help them manage back pain, wrist pain, or other pain associated with long hours driving and posture problems from these drives. Offering DOT physical testing is a natural extension of our commitment to serve commercial drivers.”
Requirements for passing the DOT physical include at least 20/40 correctable vision in each eye and the ability to distinguish color. Glasses or contact lenses are acceptable for vision correction. Hearing must be good enough to detect a forced whisper at a minimum distance of five feet.
The maximum allowable blood pressure is 140/90; prescription medication may be taken in order to achieve this threshold. While applicants may have diabetes, blood sugar levels must be controlled through medication or diet. Insulin injections are not permitted for controlling blood sugar levels. The maximum allowable blood sugar level is 200.
As part of the exam, drivers must have no trace of any Schedule 1 drug, amphetamine, narcotic or habit-forming drug in their urine.
“The DOT physical is an important exam to ensure commercial drivers are in appropriate health to operate their vehicles,” said Dr. Ringer. “Our DOT testing is completely secure, including the lab work. Our certified lab services help commercial truck drivers maintain their compliance with roadway safety credentials.”
In addition to DOT physical exams, Ringer Chiropractic provides comprehensive pain management and injury rehabilitation treatment. This care includes helping commercial drivers manage the aches and pains associated with driving. Dr. Ringer also provides auto accident injury treatment, whiplash injury treatment, physical therapy services, sciatica pain management, foot pain relief, and muscle pain treatment.