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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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What's the difference between a sprain and a strain in a leg?

What's the difference between a sprain and a strain in a leg?

Stretch or tear: A sprain is a stretch or tear of a ligament that gives stability to a joint and a strain is a stretch or tear of a muscle/tendon unit, muscle or tendon (a tendon is a fibrous cord of tissue that connects a muscle to a bone) which in most instances causes motion at a joint. ...Read more

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I have sprained or strained an old injury to the inside back of the leg that starts behind and above the knee and goes up the leg what do I do for it?

I have sprained or strained an old injury to  the inside back of the leg that starts behind and above the knee and goes up the leg what do I do for it?

Rest: Difficult to know what this"old" injury may be but your anatomic description suggests you irrititated a hamstring injury. If this is correct than hamstring 'strains' do best w/ rest/ nsaids etc.See your physician if no improvement ...Read more

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How do I know if my calf is torn or sprained?

How do I know if my calf is torn or sprained?

Examination findings: You may need to be seen by a musculoskeletal specialist (orthopaedic surgeon). A collection of blood (hematoma) often seen on MRI or ultrasound leads to a diagnosis of a significant gastrocnemius tear, whereas a sprain would likely only be locally painful. ...Read more

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Am i supposed to keep my leg elevated while i sleep for a calf sprain? What is recommended?

Am i supposed to keep my leg elevated while i sleep for a calf sprain? What is recommended?

Elevate your feet: Any time you have an injury, the acronym rice helps: rest, ice, compression elevation. Elevation will prevent any blood pooling if you have a small hematoma (blood collection). ...Read more

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Pain in left calf. Been to emergency twice. Both say sprained muscle. Done nothing to cause it. No swelling or clot signs. Dr won't scan. I'm worried.

Pain in left calf. Been to emergency twice. Both say sprained muscle. Done nothing to cause it. No swelling or clot signs. Dr won't scan. I'm worried.

2nd opinion: If you have not had a Doppler ultrasound to rule out a clot, you may want to go for second opinion. The exam for a blood clot is only 50 percent sensitive, meaning that exam findings can be misleading. You could very well not have one, but in a person with no injury and calf pain it should be done on almost all patients in my opinion. ...Read more

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Would your calf swell with a sprained knee?

Would your calf swell with a sprained knee?

Maybe: Swelling below the knee following an injury is common but calf swelling can also mean a dvt-clot.- or just too much sitting. If it does not improve with elevation it needs professional evaluation. ...Read more

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What does a calf strain usually feel like?

What does a calf strain usually feel like?

Calf strain means-: -injury 2 the muscle in the back side of the lower leg. 1st degree=stiff, sore &pain with push off in walking, but loosens up as U warm up. clears in a few days. 2nd degree , tearing of some muscle fibers . swelling = =/- bruising. very painful 2 walk & no improvement with warming up. 3rd degree massive tearing, hematoma, tight compartment, & needs immediate ortho care. ...Read more

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I have had a calf strain for 3 weeks and it won't go away?

Be patient.: Certain types of calf strains can take 6-8 weeks to heal. Icing, anti-inflammatory medications and physical therapy can help speed up your recovery. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


Dr. Rohit Keswani
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Muscle Strain (Definition)

Muscle strain, also called a pulled muscle, is a condition where a muscle or its tendon is overstretched and torn leading to pain, decreased range ...Read more