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08-31-2010, 06:38 AM   #1
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To all you Physiotherapists and closet medical experts

I blew a calf muscle. I tried to get in to see a sports Dr, but unfortunately for me he is on vacation and is now booking for early October. It happened on Friday night and I will have to admit it's feeling 100% better today. (Friday I was using crutches and today I can walk and do the stairs (down is harder) slowly). I am not sure if it's a type 1 or 2 likley somewhere in between.

I have used R.I.C.E since it happened. Literally not moving much over the last 72 hours. I can walk today but slowly. I can now also flex my toes both down and up (up still a little pain).

I know to rest it for at least a couple of weeks. I also know to limit physcial activities until it is pain free (jumping , running , sprinting ,etc). I am a long way from that at this point. Exercises once completley pain free are pretty obvious.

I have no immediate plans for strenous activity at least for a couple of weeks. I am in a postion that I can rest it for the rest of this week almost all day (work from home).

I will likley go see a GP this week since by the time I get into the specialist it will likley be healed. I will probably start applying heat as well as cold (Icy Heat comes to mind) this week and well just stretch to the point where it is pain free.

Just curious if anyone here as done this and if so do they have any trick or tips ?


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Sorry to hear of your injury, Dave. I've had some similar injuries through the years and it's a combination of ice packs and rest along with some Ibuprofin that has provided the best relief. Seeing a GP would be a good idea. They can do tests to determine the extent of the injury and treat the symptoms (better painkillers) and can probably speed up the process of getting to see a specialist. If a tendon or ligimant is torn, you will need a specialist. Hope you feel better!
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Thanks reeftool - the is no pain anymore (and really other than Friday and a little on Saturday) while resting anyway. I have been talking Aleve with Naxproxen (the wonder drug) more to keep the swelling down. Have not taken any today - but I may still.

Yeah will get to a GP this week. Hard to believe there is anything really serioulsy torn as it feels pretty good today. From what I have read you would know if indeed it was a type 3. Just totally sucks as at my age I am use to re-occuring injuries, was not expecting a whole new one
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Stretch, stretch, stretch

Flexibility is a very important part of muscular and joint health but it is usually a very neglected over strength or endurance training.

It will help you recover and prevent you from injuring yourself in the future. I don't do yoga, but if you don't know how to stretch or need structure I would recommend that as it is a pretty safe way with some supervision if you feel that you need it.

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sorry to hear of your injury....

What do you mean by 'blew a calf muscle'?? Its sounds like you did not tear anything....that's good news. If you tore a ligament, cartilage or a tendon in the knee or ankle, its not going to feel better in a few days. Sounds like you may have twisted or over stretched something. Ice is recommended for the first 24 hours if there is any swelling. After that, heat. Heat increases circulation, and thus healing, as well as making mobility a bit easier. OTC pain relievers are a good idea too...as is visiting the GP. You'll have to be the judge to determine the level of pain and if that requires a specialist. Your GP will also guide you if he/she thinks it might be more serious....

Good luck..
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What do you mean by 'blew a calf muscle'?? Its sounds like you did not tear anything....that's good news. If you tore a ligament, cartilage or a tendon in the knee or ankle, its not going to feel better in a few days. Sounds like you may have twisted or over stretched something. Ice is recommended for the first 24 hours if there is any swelling. After that, heat. Heat increases circulation, and thus healing, as well as making mobility a bit easier. OTC pain relievers are a good idea too...as is visiting the GP. You'll have to be the judge to determine the level of pain and if that requires a specialist. Your GP will also guide you if he/she thinks it might be more serious....
Good luck..
Thanks - I think there is some tearing - I was running as fast as I could (Slo-Pitch) around the bases. Starting from home plate and going for home, I got about 3 feet from home and my calf felt like it does when you get a cramp only more intense. I went down like a ton-o-bricks. It felt exactly like a calf cramp , except most of those I have had when you flex your leg it goes away. This one did not go away and is still somewhat tender although significantly less so than a few days ago.

I always (well 95% of the time) stretch before games and this time I did. Always try and drink lots of water as well. I will get some heat on it - I think the icing is done for now. The kicker is I had more than enogh time to make it. The third base coach did not wave me through until I was almost on third so I tried to put it into an 'extra' gear - this is my fault as I know better haha 'cept sometimes the mind tells the body yeah you're still 30 go for it !

There is not enough pain to take anything really - off to the GP and see what they say. Thanks MikeMike as well indeed at my age I need to ensure I stretch !!
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QuoteOriginally posted by daacon Quote
..... - off to the GP and see what they say.....

Excellent idea....take care.
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Hey, buddy - hope it heals up soon.

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I would go get in to see a PT (physiotherapist) ASAP on this. They can use some electrical Stim and ultrasound to get the swelling down and get increased blood flow into the area to speed healing. They will know what course to best proceed.
Btw, I am going into Occupational therapy (OTA Program) but have taken a lot of Physio courses to get there. In the meantime until you can get to a GP for a referral, definitely RICE and staying off it as much as possible until you see your doc is the way to go.
Wishing a speedy recovery and quick healing to you!
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Hi there Super Dave. Don't you know that some folks say us old guys aren't supposed to play hard anymore?
Sounds like the injury is muscular. Moist heat and potassium suppliments help me .There are some wraps with silica gel in them to hold moisture , heat them in the microwave.
Good luck , BTW did you make it to the plate?
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Hey, buddy - hope it heals up soon.
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Thanks Jer 4 - 6 weeks be good as new they say ha ! (saw Dr, told me the 'season' is over for me have ultrasound tomorrow just to make sure nothing is ton too bad from the pain level and Dr's comments he does not think so)

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I would go get in to see a PT (physiotherapist) ASAP on this. <snip>
Thanks casil403 - next week I think on Dr's advice (self employed so on my dime ahhhhhh)

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Hi there Super Dave. Don't you know that some folks say us old guys aren't supposed to play hard anymore?
<snip> Good luck , BTW did you make it to the plate?
Thanks seapcapt - I do know, but in the heat of the moment I obvioulsy dont' know ha ! rest the rest of the week , hopefuly Physio on Monday - and that's the really sad part I was about two feet short when I went down, still had time, tried to get up, fell like a sack of potatoes again grabing my calf , throw finally comes in I am out
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No blood pooling , no major tears ('cept for perhaps pride) - appears I will live (albiet a whole lot less active for the 4- 6 weeks).
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To me it sounds like your basic muscle pull. I do this kind of stuff to myself all the time between running and soccer. If it's feeling fine before you can get in to the Dr. I wouldn't bother going. But I'm probably not a good person to ask. I blew out my left knee (ACL tear) and never went in to the dr. After blowing out my right one I knew what happened and what he'd say to do and not to do, so I didn't see the point.

Bummer after all of that you were out. I totally pulled a hamstring taking a hard shot on goal once and went down. And the shot just barely skimmed over the top of the crossbar. For all that you should at least get your point huh.
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To me it sounds like your basic muscle pull. I do this kind of stuff to myself all the time between running and soccer. If it's feeling fine before you can get in to the Dr. I wouldn't bother going. But I'm probably not a good person to ask. I blew out my left knee (ACL tear) and never went in to the dr. After blowing out my right one I knew what happened and what he'd say to do and not to do, so I didn't see the point.

Bummer after all of that you were out. I totally pulled a hamstring taking a hard shot on goal once and went down. And the shot just barely skimmed over the top of the crossbar. For all that you should at least get your point huh.
ha ! Thanks Mel I have been to Dr and yeah it appears to some sort of calf pull - I totally hear ya the story goes soooooooooooo much better when you score the goal or get the run Slo-Pitch (and baseball in general) is brutal for the weekend warrior you have long periods of inactivity and then instant BAM full out ...oh well season was more or less over I'll miss a few games

The game I will miss the most is we were planing the old > 35 against the young <35 as we have several young ones the team ( eveyone is over 18 , including both my kids. and two of one of the other > 35 players kids ..bragging rights are on the line!!!) . I will not be able to play in that one.
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RICE plus some over-the-counter pain relievers can solve most problems, unless you've actually done structural damage. If the severe pain does not go down after a few days, I would see a doctor, but there is no need before that as all they'll say is what you've already done.

I pulled my back a month ago and spent a week resting. Exquisite pain for three days if I tried to do anything. Got better, though, especially as I did not let anything atrophy. Getting up and stretching (mildly) plus doing normal activities is an important part of rehabilitation.
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