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A 50-year-old female asked:

I strained my calf muscle during impact in exercise class 2 days ago. i have no bruising or swelling but not able to bear much weight and pain with calf muscle contraction. should i see doc or continue to rest and offload. or should i begin stretching a

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Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics and Gynecology 10 years experience
RICE: Rest, apply ice, compression and ease off that leg. With time (1-2 weeks) and limited activity, may help you regain your leg function back. If it persists, see your doctor.
Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Do gentle stretching: It does not sound serious at this time, but you will need time to heal. Gentle warm massage and range of motion/stretching and take it easy to allow healing. We don't heal as fast as those youngsters. Motrin/aleve may help with inflammation/pain. Avoid high impact/weight bearing exercises until healed. If not better after 2 wks, consult doc. Good luck.

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