A sudden pull or sharp pain in your calf?
Have you started playing sport or taken up running again and have started to experience calf pain?
Calf pain in the adult population is a very common issue seen by our physiotherapists. Often this is in the once athletic population who start to engage in exercise again and no longer have the conditioning within their legs to handle the activity they are engaging in. Although this can be seen by the patient as a long term injury, it is often easily over come with the right management techniques.
The 4 Do’s and Do not’s
1. Don’t push through the pain
First of all pushing through the pain will often make the injury worse and prolong your injury. It may be likely that you have sustained a small tear within the calf muscle. Running with calf pain may delay the healing process of an existing tear small tear. As result you may increase the tear size if you continue to push through calf pain.
2. A period of rest
Although this is not a long term thing. A short period of rest will be crucial to allow the calf to heal. Consequently this means no running, no stretching or no intense activity.
Hence it is recommended commence a gradual strengthening program. This is where the help of a physiotherapist will be crucial because they can provide strength and conditioning programs. These programs will assist in getting your calf back strong again, assuring your absence from sport is short lived.
Above all physiotherapists use the best evidence-based techniques to assess your symptoms. We treat the underlying cause in soft tissue strains and tears. We will be able to help you get back to whatever it is you want to do.
Don’t let your calf pain prevent any further activity. Why assot come in and see a physiotherapist at one of our practices in Bendigo, Swan Hill or Kereng.
Jake Pallpratt | Physiotherapist
B. Health Sci & M. Physio