Calf Strains Typically Require Outpatient Physical Therapy
A strain in your calf muscle can be more than some stiffness or soreness after a workout. Though sometimes it is mild and not serious, there are instances where medical care and treatments are required to help your properly repair your calf muscle. The calf is the muscle on the back of your leg, made of a bigger muscle that wraps around the outside of your leg and a smaller muscle that wraps around the inside of your leg. Both of these parts that make up your calf muscle can be strained and injured. Depending on the severity of your strain, care and rehabilitation varies. A Grade 1 injury is often pain you can play or push through, but may be sore for a few days. Grade 1 injuries can heal after some rest, stretching, and icing. A Grade 2 injury involves pain in 90% of your calf muscle. Grade 2 injuries can be very painful to try to work through and may cause swelling or bruising, often resulting in a 4-6 week recovery period. A Grade 3 calf strain is the most serious and involves how the muscle is attached to the rest of the leg and most likely will require surgery. Like other muscle strains, calf pain can be alleviated by using the R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevate) method. Click to listen as Doctor of Physical Therapy, Nichole Roiko explains how to know what type of calf strain you have and how you can start feeling better.