Physical Rehabilitation Medicine/Calf Strain


I'm having reoccurring calf strains. In the past year, the first occurred while having physical therapy for my sprained ankle. The second occurred when I had a muscle spasm (charlie horse). And the third occurred about 5 days ago when I was stretching. Except for the charlie horse, they're a bit odd because I don't get that initial "oh crap" moment. A few minutes after the injury they start to bother me, but have no visual swelling, and for the next couple of weeks I have a stinging sensation and it takes months to heal. I ice, heat, rest, exercise, and stretch them, but they keep persisting.

I'm a bit nervous about this injury because it's on my right leg and it hurts to drive. I can't avoid driving to school and to work and I'm not sure why these injuries keep persisting or how I should treat this. I've had multiple other injuries similar to this in different muscles, and I'm getting a bit fed up with them. I've seen an orthopedic doctor and a neurologist for this already, but neither of them really seemed to help.

I'm a 17 year old female. Do you have any idea what might be causing this, and how should I treat it?

Dear Angela,
I went through on your problem and came to know that you have done all for this. Normally when it stretches the cramped muscle should be come to normal. But your case is recurrent.
So I don't know how is your food pattern. For this it causes low sodium level, low potassium level and muscle fatigue and sudden temperature changes.
Hence please check your electrolytes level and see whether any imbalance is there or not and adopt to get a food with high sodium potassium and magnesium level.
other thing if you get cramp again please try giving good massage to affected muscle.
Thank you.  

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MMA Ravindu Bandara


I can answer any physiotherapy related conditions.such as, 1. Any Orthopaedic condition. 2. Rheumatological conditions. 3. Neurological conditions. 4. Respiratory conditions. 5. Paediatric conditions. 6. Soft tissue managements. 7. Pr and post operative management.


I am Sri Lanka Medical Council registered physiotherapist. I have completed the Diploma in Physiotherapy in School of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Colombo in 2004. I have done my Advanced Diploma in Physiotherapy in Command Hospital Indian Air Force, Bangalore, India in 2006. I specialize in paediatric, Orthopaedic and Neurological conditions.

1. Advanced level- Bio Science stream. 2. Diploma in Physiotherapy-School of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy,Colombo, Sri Lanka. 3. Advanced Diploma in Physiotherapy- Command Hospital Indian Air Force, Bangalore, India. 4. Bachelor of Information Technology, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.

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