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I have a deep muscle bruise in my calf. What is the best treatment to relieve pain and stiffness?

I have a deep muscle bruise in my calf. What is the best treatment to relieve pain and stiffness?

Muscle bruise Rx: Heat and gentle stretching exercises. When you are pain free, you can start strengthening and slowly return to you normal sports activities. Also otc ibuprophen or Naproxen - assuing you can safely take nsaids. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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I have a deep muscle bruise in my calf. What is the best treatment?

I have a deep muscle bruise in my calf. What is the best treatment?

Cold followed by hea: In the acute phase, right after the bruise, you should put cold compress on the area, intermittently for about four hours to lessen the bleeding and swelling. After the first day you should put hot/warm compresses to increase blood flow and resolve the injury. Do not take Aspirin or related medications in the acute phase. ...Read more

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Can manual therapy that leaves a bruise 6 inches long but no pain to the calf have bruised blood vessels in the muscle?

Can manual therapy that leaves a bruise 6 inches long but no pain to the calf have bruised blood vessels in the muscle?

Some people bruise..: ....Easily. It depends on meds u may b on. Asa, nsaids, etc....U may b one of those. I recently added 2 my tattoo collection ; bruised significantly not from the needle but from the grip of the artist. Discoloration, no pain. If u can c it, it is not in the muscle but the sub-q tissue. If in the muscle it would b contained in the compartment and not b visable. ...Read more

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I have muscle tear in my left calf, I am 48 male. What is the recommendations regarding treatment and motion?

I have muscle tear in my left calf,  I am 48 male.  What is the recommendations regarding treatment and motion?

Gastroc: If the tear is mid alf or higher (muscle), treatment is conservative. Ice, light compression wrap, optional boot for immobilization, stretching, & weight bearing as tolerated. Light exercises such as stationary biking is ok. Some have used prp injections. If the tear is in the achilles' tendon you likely need surgery to repair it. ...Read more

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2 wks ago I was hit n the calf by a kids bike impact bruised me & tho the bruise is healin I still have some pain stiffness & numbness from calf 2 toe?

2 wks ago I was hit n the calf by a kids bike impact bruised me & tho the bruise is healin I still have some pain stiffness & numbness from calf 2 toe?

Peripheral Nerve : Takes a long time to resolve depending on where the injury landed, may need Neurologist to guide you on timing of recovery ...Read more

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Lower leg and calf pain from 8 months , i doubt it could be compartment muscle syndrome, please tell me the symptoms and treatment for it.

Lower leg and calf pain from 8 months , i doubt it could be compartment muscle syndrome, please tell me the symptoms and treatment for it.

No compartment syndr: Compartment syndrome is a catastrophic event typically following a crush injury or an ischemic event, in which the pressure inside the fascial compartment rises higher than capillary perfusion pressure, effectively cutting off the blood flow to nerves & muscle cells within the compartment. It usually requires emergency surgery (fasciotomy) to save the limb. ...Read more

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I have a throbbing pain in my Achilles and my calf muscle remains in a constant tight state. What is this and what is the treatment?

I have a throbbing pain in my Achilles and my calf muscle remains in a constant tight state.  What is this and what is the treatment?

Strain: Can be an Achilles strain but at times this can be a warning of possible Achilles partial tearing or pending tear with further stressful activities. Rest hear stretch NSAIDs right now. If does not subside may need immobilization with boot. ...Read more

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Coming and going pain in right calf muscles with twitching everyday and stiffness also diziness tiredness could it be ALS or what it is?

Coming and going pain in right calf muscles with twitching everyday and stiffness also diziness tiredness could it be ALS or what it is?

NOT ALS: You are too young, and symptoms are not those found in ALS. But get a general examination, as other problems could cause calf muscle aching, and chronic dizziness and fatigue could be due to vitamin or nutritional deficiencies, thyroid or anemia problems, and can be reversed. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for torn calf muscle?

What is the treatment for torn calf muscle?

Rest,ice: Usually the injury is a muscle that is partially torn treatment is ice , crutches, nsaids and pt a significant calf tear will take up to 6 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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Day 4 small tear in calf muscle not given much advice on ongoing treatment seeing physio in 2 days still resting do I move it do I use hot or cold?

Day 4  small tear in calf muscle not given much advice on ongoing treatment seeing physio in 2 days still resting do I move it do I use hot or cold?

Injury: Muscle tear best heal with surgical repair (if large) or simply by resting the injured area. The tear will heal with a small scar in the muscle, so light range-of-motion activities are good to keep the healing scar in the muscle from adhering to surrounding tissues. After 24 hours, heat seems to provide most benefit, although i allow my patients to use whichever feels best. ...Read more

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I have bilateral thigh pain stiffness when walking, recently I have been getting muscle spasms in my right calf. Could this be spinal stenosis?

I have bilateral thigh pain stiffness when walking, recently I have been getting muscle spasms in my right calf.  Could this be spinal stenosis?

Doubtful: Unless you have congenital spinal stenosis the odds of having spinal stenosis at your age are unlikely without any prior history of lumbar problems such as spondylolisthesis. Most likely muscular but would also consider vascular claudication...Again less likely but in the differential. Could also be nutritional and from electrolyte imbalance such as potassium insufficiency. ...Read more

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Muscle weakness&burnin in buttock,thigh,knee,calf.stiffness N weakness upon standing esp morning.Blood test normal(vitD3 15).Can D3 alone be the cause?

Muscle weakness&burnin in buttock,thigh,knee,calf.stiffness N weakness upon standing esp morning.Blood test normal(vitD3 15).Can D3 alone be the cause?

More than D: Treating D is important because low D can cause weakness, but it would not cause all of your other complaints. You will need to have a have an evaluation and to clarify this pain and weakness ...Read more

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For 2 yrs I have had regular headaches, with right foot tingling, left calf and foot muscle stiffness recently. Likely to b brain tumour or MS?

For 2 yrs I have had regular headaches, with right foot tingling, left calf and foot muscle stiffness recently. Likely to b brain tumour or MS?

Not necessary: An abnormal neurological examination confers a probability of secondary headache disorders of 44-55% within emergency room settings. The probability of secondary headache ranges from 21% to 46% in patients with sudden onset headache. Rec. : see orofacial pain or headache specialist for evaluation and rule out secondary headache. ...Read more

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I fell onto my right knee and kneeCAP is numb. Calf and foot are NOT numb. Knee is very bruised but still has full range of motion. Treatment advice?

I fell onto my right knee and kneeCAP is numb. Calf and foot are NOT numb. Knee is very bruised but still has full range of motion. Treatment advice?

Tincture of time: It generally takes 2-3 wks for bruising to resolve. The numbness is likely due to the swelling and will probably improve as the swelling goes down. The bruising will probably extend down the leg before it completely resolves. ...Read more

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What could calf/eye/arm muscle twitches(non painful)in an 18yr old girl mean? I just finished treatment for amebiasis. Twitching since week 2 of sick.

What could calf/eye/arm muscle twitches(non painful)in an 18yr old girl mean? I just finished treatment for amebiasis. Twitching since week 2 of sick.

Many possibilities: Muscle twitches can be caused by a wide variety of things. More common causes are caffeine, stress and nutrient deficiency. If you were having a lot of diarrhea with your amebiasis, you might have also had some nutrient loss. Persistent muscle twitching can also be a symptom of a more serious problem. I recommend you see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi I have a bruise on calf muscle with a skin color line through it and don't remember hitting it?

Hi I have a bruise on calf muscle with a skin color line through it and don't remember hitting it?

See below: This is a pretty general description. How long have you had it, how big is it, is it getting better or worse, does it hurt, do you have any other symptoms? These are questions you will be asked if you do see a doctor in real life, and if this is bothering you and persisting, that is exactly what you should do. Good luck! ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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Stiffness Or Decreased Movement (Definition)

Stiffness is a symptom of inflammation surrounding a joint or muscle and making it more resistant to movement. Neurological disorders can sometimes cause stiffness. ...Read more