Physical Therapy in Little Falls, New Jersey
Have you been struggling with calf pain and cannot run the way you want to? Do you live in the Little Falls, NJ, area and want to try something new to help? The team at Pro Staff Physical Therapy is ready to help you. We have a convenient location for you right in Clifton, NJ.
We understand that movement is extremely important to you, and we want to help you return to whatever your goals may be. Our skilled team will help you get the right treatment and care plan to help you every step of the way.
Why Are Calf Muscles Important when Running?
The two muscles in your calf are the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. Both muscles are the springboard for your legs to push off. Whether you are going for an easy jog or doing sprints on the track, both muscles are firing. Sometimes when these muscles become too tight or haven’t been strengthened enough, they can develop strains in the muscle. This type of issue is common in runners and can happen to even the most experienced athletes.
It is important to work on treating these strains right away when they happen to be the most successful in returning to running safely. It is also important to make sure you are taking measures to prevent calf strains with specific mobility and strength exercises. Pro Staff Physical Therapy is here to help with both prevention and treatment!
Common Symptoms of a Calf Strain
- Aching or sharp pain in the calf muscles.
- Stiffness and tightness in the calf musculature.
- Difficulty jumping and running, secondary to pain.
- Swelling and tenderness to the touch along the tendons.
- Spasms within the calf muscles.
How to Treat Calf Strains
When you first strain your calf, it is important to control any inflammation or swelling that may occur. This will involve a combination of manual therapy, splinting, and other modalities to help improve the inflammation around the muscles. Next it is important to get the muscles to relax. Working on both the gastrocnemius and soleus muscles can help decrease the muscles resting tone and inflammation.
Working with a physical therapist can also help improve your mechanics with running and jumping. Not only will this help your performance, but it will also help any future flare ups. The physical therapists at Pro Staff are experts in treating all running-related issues, especially calf strains. We will help you get back to running and jumping in no time. Every situation is different so it is important to have a skilled physical therapist evaluate and treat any symptoms you may be having.
When Can I Return to Running?
Every situation is different and can involve varying timelines of recovery. Factors such as length of time, intensity, and sport can all play a role in your recovery timeline. It is our goal to help you recover as fast as possible to return to running while making sure not to risk any future injury.
Get Started Today
If you have been looking for quality physical therapy in the Little Falls, NJ, area, check out Pro Staff Physical Therapy at our Clifton location today. We know how important it is to move pain free so let us help get you there. Contact our office at 973-928-3590 to schedule an appointment today.