Case study ( 3525 views as of May 20, 2019 )
Amir is a 51-year-old construction worker who has had increased pain and swelling in his right knee for over a year. However, in the last 2 months, it has gotten much worse, and he has had to modify some of his duties at work. He got so swollen and red last week that he wasn’t able to go to work, which broke an 8-year streak of perfect work attendance.
Amir went to see a doctor at a walk-in clinic, as he doesn’t have a family doctor. He was sent for x-rays and on a follow-up visit, was told he has arthritis, probably from “a bunch of old injuries”. He was given a prescription for pain medication and told he would have to live with it. He may need surgery in the future.
Amir might benefit from getting a referral to a Rheumatologist, Sports Medicine Specialist and Physiotherapist. Upon evaluation these specialists may then opt to refer Amir to a Bracing Specialist, Pain Management Specialist and/or an Orthopedic Surgeon. Amir may also receive applicable information by consulting with an Athletic/Personal Trainer, Pharmacist and an Acupuncturist. Tools to aid in his rehabilitation can be found at a Medical Supply Store.Author: Dr. Adam Lund