A pulled calf muscle injury is common, and it doesn't only happen in sports - even during normal daily activities one can pull one's calf muscle. Calf strain injuries are sometimes called as a "pulled calf muscle injury".
The #1 cause of pulled calf muscle is mainly that it was/has been over-stretched beyond its limits and the muscle fiber tears. This "tear" is what you call a calf strain, and depending on how bad/severe it is, there are different grades.
The immediate treatment for a calf muscle injury is the RICE - rest, ice, compression and elevation to manage inflammation and swelling. When done quickly and correctly, this will quickly decrease
and ultimately, decrease the onset and severity of stiffness. Our senior physiotherapists will advise you on this and also perform it for you.
During the immediate, acute stage, what we need to do is to
inside the pulled/injured calf muscle. Patients at this stage require lots of rest, lots of elevation, and not to load the calf muscle at all. Our senior physios may apply ultrasound therapy to accelerate soft tissue healing during this time.
Once the calf muscle is stable and the orthopedic doctor or sports physician gives the go ahead for active physiotherapy, then can our senior physiotherapists start the next stage of active physiotherapy.
Patients can expect:
As your muscle and you grow stronger and stronger, our senior physiotherapists will increase the resistance and difficulty levels accordingly to improve your fitness, strength and stamina further. They may even prescribe you core stability and strengthening programs to improve further.
Our goal is always for you to achieve 100% movement and function same like before your injury, or even better than before.