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Discussion: another great run! good lu...

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Jan 31, 2016 10:57 PM # 
matzah ball:
another great run! good luck w the calf and progression to 800.
Feb 1, 2016 2:27 PM # 
matzah ball:
amazing you were able to finish in such good form. heal well!
Feb 1, 2016 4:15 PM # 
Thanks - "form" certainly helped even though I was conscious of the cramp. Next few days will tell!
Feb 1, 2016 4:47 PM # 
curious on your rehab routine for this type of injury. I have a lot of problems with my lower legs, coming from a cycling background, and heavy body weight, is no surprise. I sought professional PT for one calf pull. my calves are knotted up with scar tissue from severe pulls decades ago. the PT described scar muscle tissue analogous to a bundle of sticks scattered on the ground vs normal muscle tissue as an organized parallel set of sticks, that contracts much better, and less susceptible to more tears. I think that was his way of describing the actin and myosin fibers in the muscle cell. the bottom line is that scar tissue is laid down in a haphazard manner and not as good as the original. it is less clear whether any treatment can reform or reduce scar tissue, eg. E-stim, in which my PT believes.

anyway, for garden variety pulls, I tend to use a combo of ice and heat, ice until the pain subsides, then typically heat in the morning when it is stiff. ice again at night when it is inflamed from use. then repeat until resolved.
Feb 1, 2016 5:00 PM # 
Bill re rehab- ditto for me. I also use compression socks and will race with compression calf sleeves until further notice! Massage as needed, but usually no other PT intervention.

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