How to Treat a Pulled Calf Muscle

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Pulled calf muscles are in the back of the lower leg, and they should be treated immediately with ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. Discover exercises for treating pulled muscles with help from a physical therapist in this free video on sports medicine and pulled calf muscles.

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Hi I'm Tara Pollak, physical therapist at "Evolution Physical Therapy" here to tell you how to treat a pulled calf muscle. The calf is in the back of the lower leg. It's made up of two different muscles. One is the gastrocnemius and one is the soleus. Now when you acutely pull this muscle the first thing that you want to do is apply ice immediately or a gel pack. You can do this for a minimum of ten minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes for the first few days. What you also want to do is start to initiate some stretching, gentle stretching exercises so that you don't prolong the healing of this muscle. So for Shonte I'm going to prescribe a calf stretch. Go ahead and face towards the slant board and you're going to place your right leg up the slant board so that the toes are facing up. What this does is start to provide a stretch for the back of her calf. Now as she starts to feel the stretch she can hold it a little bit longer. If you feel any increase in pain when you do this, you definitely want to stop and seek the advice of a skilled physical therapist so they can help you through your injury. I'm Tara and this is how to heal a pulled calf muscle.

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