By Meghan Sink, MS, ATC, LAT
What is a Contusion or Bruise?
Contusions, more commonly known as bruises, occur with a direct or repeated blows to the muscle. This causes small blood vessels under the skin to tear or rupture, leading to discoloration of the skin. Contusions are usually minor and heal with at home treatment. Some treatment options to increase healing time include ice, rest, and elevation. If the contusion is accompanied by extreme pain, swelling or redness, or you are unable to move the joint, you should see a doctor to rule out other injuries. Contusions can also occur to the brain after a head injury. It is best to seek medical attention in these cases to determine the extent of injury.
If your injury does require physical therapy or surgery, our JOI team has the expertise and technological advances to get you back to your ideal level of function.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment at JOI Rehab for physical therapy, call (904) 858-7045. Come see us!
Where is Telemedicine Frequently Used?
All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.
- To schedule a new patient or follow up patient appointment with your MD, please call (904) JOI-2000 or read more here about our orthopedic telemedicine providers.
- To schedule an appointment for physical or occupational therapy, call any of the 12 area JOI Rehab Centers.
JOI Fracture and Injury Care
JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904) JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. Also, to learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.