30 Jul Recognising The Early Stages Of A Calf Muscle Injury
A calf muscle injury can be quite painful and a calf muscle injury can be difficult to treat. You may not know which calf muscle injury you have, but it is likely that you have one of two types: a hamstring or knee pain, or an anterior deep tendon injury (ADT) in the adductor muscles. The difference between the two is that a hamstring injury is normally caused by pulling on the tendon (tibia/fibula) while a knee injury is usually caused by twisting on the knee joint or something else.
How can sports massage help a calf muscle injury?
Calf strains typically respond really well to sports massage, but you shouldn’t massage within the first 24 – 72 hours of a calf strain as that can make the injury worse.
After the initial stage of healing has passed, massage will help stimulate blood flow, mobilise the muscle fibres, and reduce muscle spasm.Another major benefit of sports massage for calf injuries, particularly when the injury is almost healed is to soften newly formed scar tissue.
What are the symptoms of a pulled calf muscle?
Throbbing pain at rest, with sharp stabs of pain when you try to stand or walk. A feeling of tightness, tenderness, or weakness in the calf area. Spasms (a gripping or severe tightening in the calf muscle). Sharp pain in the back lower leg when trying to stretch or move the ankle or knee. Other symptoms include:
- Difficulty tensing your calf muscles or standing on toes.
- Muscle pain when flexing your ankle or pointing your toes.
- Problems bending your knee.
- Snapping or popping sensation in your calf.
- Sudden pain in the back of your lower leg.
- Swelling in your calf muscle.
What is a Calf Strain?
- Grade 1. A mild or partial stretch or tearing of a few muscle fibers. The muscle is tender and painful, but maintains its normal strength. …
- Grade 2. A moderate stretch or tearing of more muscle fibers. The muscle is more tender, and there is pain. …
- Grade 3. A severe tear of the muscle fibers.
How long does it take for calf strain to heal?
A typical grade I calf strain will heal in seven to 10 days, a grade II injury within about four to six weeks, and a grade III calf strain within about three months. The most common injury is a grade II calf strain, which takes about six weeks for complete healing.
Does a calf muscle injury need medical treatment?
In most cases, people can treat a pulled calf muscle at home with rest, cold and hot packs, and elevation. If the injury is severe or pain does not improve over time, it is best to see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.