Muscle & Joint Injury
Muscles and joints work hard to accomplish the many movements we make with our bodies everyday, including walking, running, lifting, carrying and typing. 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 that affect their muscles and joints.
Several injuries and diseases can result in damage to and pain in the muscles and joints, including but not limited to:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Sprains and strains
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Repetitive strain injury
- Muscle spasm
- Runners’s knee
Treatment of muscle and joint injuries varies depending on the types, 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 degree, types and causes of muscle and joint injuries. Its important to seek medical attention to prevent exacerbating your injury and to determine the appropriate course of treatment.
The doctor can perform a thorough exam and assess the extent of your injury. Your doctor will then provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan, outlining the next steps for treatment, including how to best help the injury heal and manage your pain.
If your doctor deems it necessary, he may write a referral for imaging or refer you to a specialist for further evaluation and treatment. If a doctor determines you require imaging, SwiftMD support will follow up to ensure that your imaging order is sent to an appropriate facility and to ensure you make an appointment.
If you suspect you have a muscle or joint injury, book a doctor’s house call with SwiftMD and have a licensed primary care doctor come to your home on your schedule.