It's not fair, but men are just more susceptible to some conditions, like back pain and heart disease than women are.
We can help you with your aches, pains, and other concerns. Your best bet is to start with your primary care provider (PCP). He or she is the gateway to specialty care.
Back pain is common for men, but could stem from a number of issues and therefore has different treatment plans. Talk to your PCP (find one), so they know your issue and can direct you to the most appropriate care. Services like massage therapy might require pre-approval. Your in-network healthcare provider can request this on your behalf.
We encourage physical activity, but sometimes things go sideways when they really (really!) shouldn't bend that way. If you experience a sports injury, seek care at an urgent care clinic or emergency room. Download the Premera app (only available on group plans), so you have your member ID card and in-network provider list in your pocket. It's also good to make note of the nearest in-network ER to your home, work, and regular basketball court.
If your injury is less urgent, see your primary care provider who can direct you to the right specialist care for you.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Your doctor can help you manage your risk factors with medication and make lifestyle change recommendations. The best ways to lower your risks include maintaining a healthy weight, controlling blood pressure, avoiding excessive alcohol use, avoiding cigarettes and other tobacco products, and eating a diet low in saturated fat.
If you experience early signs of heart disease, make an appointment to get checked out. Early symptoms can include:
But often the first sign of heart disease is a heart attack or stroke. In either situation, call 911 and get to the emergency room immediately. Take time to locate the nearest in-network ER to your home and work. Signs of heart attack often occur suddenly and can include:
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