Muscle and joint injuries
The doctors on Heal can help diagnose and treat muscle and joint injuries. Muscle is soft tissue containing protein filaments which make it strong and flexible and capable of producing force and motion.
Joints are the part of the body where bones are joined together.
Muscles and joints work hard to accomplish the many movements we make with our bodies every day, including walking, running, lifting, carrying, and typing. The movements bodies make involve gravity, force, and balance. With everything the human body does in a typical day, over time, muscle or joint injuries are inevitable for most people. Additionally, many people struggle with chronic, genetic and/or autoimmune conditions which affect their muscles and joints.
A number of injuries and diseases can result in damage to and pain in the muscles and joints, including but not limited to:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Polymyalgia rheumatica
- Sprains and strains
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Repetitive strain injury
- Muscle spasm
- Pulled hamstring
- Runner’s knee
- Tennis elbow
Treatment of muscle and joint injuries varies depending on the type, cause, and severity of the injury, but often begins with the PRICE principle to minimize pain, additional tissue damage, and assist in the healing process:
P – Protect the injured area
R – Restrict activity
I – Apply Ice
C – Apply compression in the form of a bandage or brace
E – Elevate the affected area
Because of the varying degrees, types, and causes of muscle and joint injuries, it’s important to seek medical attention to prevent exacerbating your injury, and to determine the appropriate course of treatment. A doctor can perform a thorough, complete exam and assess the extent of your injury. Your doctor will then provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan, outlining next steps for treatment, including how to best help the injury heal and manage your pain.
If your doctor deems it necessary, he may order a referral for imaging or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment. If a doctor determines you require imaging, Heal Patient Support will follow up to ensure that your imaging order is sent to the appropriate facility and to ensure you make an appointment.
If you suspect you have a muscle or joint injury, book a doctor house call with Heal and have a licensed primary care doctor come to your home on your schedule.
Please be advised that the doctors on Heal are unable to prescribe any medication that requires a triplicate prescription, including narcotics and anxiety medications.