Calf Muscle Strains
Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options
A calf muscle strain can be an extremely painful injury, often taking several weeks to heal completely. However, it is possible to treat and heal from a calf muscle strain without surgery or other invasive methods.
Pinnacle Physical Therapy offers options to treat calf muscle strains including both conservative and more aggressive treatment options in order to provide you with customized treatment plans designed to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.
How do I know if I have a strained calf?
If you feel a dull ache in your calf and have trouble walking without pain or holding your weight on that leg, it’s likely you have a strain. It’s also likely prolonged use of that muscle group has caused it to pull away from its surrounding connective tissue.
What’s the best treatment option for my strained calf?
The treatment of a calf muscle strain is based on several factors. The most important question you can ask your physical therapist is: What’s best for me? Physical therapy treatments include gentle exercise, muscle re-education programs (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation [PNF]), manual therapy (massage or mobilization), education on maintaining home exercise programs and more.