health treatments


Question by  Sarah54 (22)

What is the standard treatment for a calf injury?

While running yesterday I must have pulled something in my calf, it now hurts to walk and is tender.


Answer by  cb81 (613)

When you have an injured calf muscle, the first thing you should do is ice the injured area for twenty minutes every two hours. You should also elevate the injured leg to stop blood clotting. This should go on for the first 48 hours. After that it is wise to lightly massage the affected area.


Answer by  dazyrose (66)

usually you would wrap it making sure to give extra support but not so tightly it causes pain. While sitting be sure to keep it elevated. Apply heat for 15 minutes and then ice for 15 minutes. Do not keep heat on longer than 15 minutes as it causes it to stiffen.


Answer by  JT34 (68)

For a pulled muscle just relax it for a few days. Put some heat on it occasionally to loosen up the muscles. And if you take pain pills use anti-inflamitories.


Answer by  rbiales (3441)

Your calves have tiny bones in them just like what you find in a drumstick and a tough surrounding sheath just like a drumstick. Swelling inside of a calf is like inside of a balloon, there isn't as much room to expand, so rest, ice, compress and elevate -- RICE.


Answer by  MHugabom (523)

You should elevate your leg and apply ice. Ice until the area feels numb. Most people stop icing once it starts to hurt, but it will do the most good to leave it on until it is numb. Ibuprofen can also help with the pain and inflammation. It would help to take it easy for a few days as well.

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