Calf Strain and Tears

Oh man! Where do I start??!! He is my hero! I called him in tears because I could hardly walk after a long run. He squeezed me right in during my lunch hour and worked on my calf. I was pretty much screaming during the whole thing, but about an hour or so later I was good as new! He works wonders and really cares about his patients. He does AMAZING work!! Lifesaver!!

Jason did a super job diagnosing and treating a chronic ham string and nerve issue. Within several sessions, the pain lessoned significantly and mobility increased. As an older athlete I appreciated his approach to solving the problem and would not hesitate to seek treatment with Jason and team in the future.

Jay is an absolute gem and he is unbelievably knowledgeable!! The best physical therapist I have ever seen, without question! Jay has spent hours working with me on me sprains and strains, and working with me to correct my form; assessing and adjusting me with expert precision. He is one of those rare doctors that have the ability to make you feel instantly at ease and also like you are in the world greatest hands. Jay truly is doing the job that he was born to do – and that is to help people!

Recovering From Calf Strains or Tears

Your calf is made up of multiple muscles that work together to help your toes, knee and foot move in various directions. The main two directions your calf muscles work to produce are downward and upward motions.

Calf strains and tears occurs when there’s overstretching of muscles or tearing or when a muscle is “pulled”. Calf injuries commonly occur during high speed movements such as running or jumping, but calf injuries can develop over time. If your calf muscles tend to be tight, they may be more susceptible to strains.

Signs & Symptoms

    Symptoms of a calf strain can vary depending on the location of the injury, but most people feel pain in the back of their lower leg and the point of injury is tender upon touch. A calf injury is graded from a 1 to 3 scale, with 1 being the less severe.

    Grade 1: Calf Strain with minor tears
    • Tender at point of injury
    • Muscle tightness
    Grade 2: Calf Strain with severe tears
    • Walking gait is affected
    • Sharp pain in back of leg
    • Muscle spasms
    Grade 3: Calf Tear
    • Walking is difficult if not impossible
    • Bruising
    • Swelling
    • Popping felt or heard when injury occurred
    • Sharp pain when moving ankle or knee

Why PT?

    Your physical therapist will determine the grade of your calf injury and work with you to develop a custom treatment plan to meet your needs and goals. To provide an accurate diagnosis, our physical therapists will use hands-on techniques to determine specific location of injury.

    • Manual therapy to massage calf area, increase muscle flexibility and reduce any swelling
    • Custom exercises to muscle region and restore muscle strength in strained muscle.
    • Run/gait analysis to improve form and prevent future injuries.

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At Therapydia, our physical therapists offer one-on-one, hands-on calf treatment. You’ll spend your entire with one of our expert therapists – we won’t hand you off to a PT assistant or aide. We’ll help you understand what’s causing your pain, what you can do to relieve your pain and ways to prevent reoccurring injuries.
Best of all, you’re covered. Oregon is a Direct Access state, meaning you can see a physical therapist without a doctor’s prescription. Therapydia works with and provides billing for most insurance groups and Medicare. We also accept cash payments.

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