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Pulled Calf Muscle Physiotherapy



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.

grades and Symptoms of Pulled Calf Muscle

  • Grade 1: Signs and symptoms may not be experienced until after the activity is over. Patients may experience cramping, tightness and/or pain when the muscles are stretched or contracted.

  • Grade 2: Patients usually experience immediate pain which is more than the pain of a grade one injury. Grade 2 calf strain is confirmed by pain on stretch and contraction of the muscle. A grade two Calf strain is usually sore to touch.

  • Grade 3: Very serious calf muscle injury - patients often experience immediate burning or stabbing pain and the athlete is unable to walk without pain.

    The calf muscle is completely torn (100% rupture) and patient may notice large lump of muscle tissue above a depression where the tear is (indicative that the muscle has torn and contracted).

    With grade two and three calf muscle injuries, patients will notice a large bruise appearing below the injury site caused by internal bleeding within the calf muscle tissues. At this stage, you will require corrective surgery to repair this injury. Our senior physiotherapists can assess and confirm if this is the case.

Treatment for Pulled Calf Muscle

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

  • swelling
  • inflammation
  • pain

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

  • stop/decrease any internal bleeding
  • stop/prevent any secondary tissue damage

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.



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