Running, jumping, and similar movements can sometimes result in a strain of the calf muscles, which are located in the back of the lower leg. Your physical therapist may have told you that there are nine muscles that make up what’s commonly referred to as the calf muscle, and any of them can be hyperextended or torn. In general, any muscle strain can cause localized pain, bruising, and swelling.
Sports medicine specialists recognize three grades of strains. Grade one strains are the most mild, involving only a partial stretching or tearing of the muscle fibers. You’ll be able to walk normally, although the calf will be mildly painful and tender. Grade two strains cause more severe pain and tenderness, and may cause bruising and a loss of strength. Patients will generally limp. Grade three strains are the most severe. They may occur with a popping sound. You’ll feel severe pain when trying to put any weight on the leg.
If you’re looking for leg pain treatment near The Woodlands, call The Houston Spine & Rehabilitation Centers at (281) 362-0006. We offer a full suite of sports medicine services, including physical therapy.