Treatment for Calf Injury at Pro Physio SA

calf-injury

Pathology

The calf muscle (also known as the ‘gastrocnemius’ muscle) is the main muscle which helps to plantarflex the foot (point toes away from yourself). It is commonly injured in sports and activities which require quick acceleration from a stationary position and is usually caused by sudden overstretch. The most common area of injury is about halfway between the knee and the heel.

Classification/Assessment

Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapists can thoroughly assess and diagnose the extent of the injury and provide appropriate advice regarding management. Sports Physiotherapists are also highly trained in biomechanical analysis and identifying the contributing factors to prevent re-injury.

Treatment

Immediate management of any soft tissue injury is to RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) for the following 48-72 hours to reduce the bleeding and damage.

At Pro Physio SA, our highly trained Sports Physiotherapists can help diagnose the extent of the injury and then work together with you in designing a rehabilitation program to help you get back on track.

Our treatment focuses on managing your injury and addressing the contributing factors to prevent re-injury through various techniques such as:

  • Advice regarding warming up, stretching and cooling down and appropriate footwear
  • Biomechanical analysis of your technique
  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Designing an individual rehabilitation and progressive strengthening program
  • Taping
  • Dry Needling/Acupuncture
  • Electrotherapy

The treatment and rehabilitation program put in place are all aimed at getting you back to your sport as soon as possible. They are able to provide timeframes for your rehabilitation and return to sport which varies depending upon the nature and severity of the strain.

Appointments with one of our Physiotherapists can be requested by clicking here.