Sandy is a very active individual, running a few times a week and playing tennis as often as she can. During one of her tennis matches, she pulled a muscle in her calf and aggravated the injury during following tennis games.
I first had treatment from Dr. Mel for my finger pain. I could no longer bend it and was quite painful. I decided to try cold laser therapy as I am not one to take medication.Within a few treatments it started to feel better. Over the following weeks my finger kept improving. By the end of my treatments I had full mobility back, the swelling and pain was gone.
That was over a year ago and I am happy to say my finger has never bothered me again!I am an avid tennis player and since then Dr. Mel has treated my calf and shoulder and kept me playing the game I love! Success with both treatments! I am so grateful and happy that there is an alternative to medication that really works.
When she came into our clinic for her assessment, she mentioned having had a cyst surgically removed in that calf some time before. Now her muscle pull and the associated swelling and tenderness were around the area of the incision point.
This suggested to me, that the original surgery triggered a buildup of internal scar tissue. This is a common occurrence after surgery or injury. In addition, this internal scar tissue is less flexible than the surrounding muscle fibers.
Calf Pain Aggravated by Internal Scar Tissue
This mismatch between healthy muscle tissue and internal scar tissue can lead to a muscle pull. This especially happens when the muscle is exercised reasonably hard. To make things worse, a muscle pull can also trigger a build up of more internal scar tissue. This can become a bit of a vicious circle.
Internal scar tissue is more abrasive than muscle tissue, so it causes painful inflammation in the surrounding area. Unfortunately, this often remains undiagnosed because internal scar tissue isn’t visible on MRI’s or X-Rays. The body has the natural ability to remove internal scar tissue. But it doesn’t always complete the job. This leaves internal scar tissue to become a chronic problem and potentially trigger follow up injuries. Fortunately, Cold Laser Therapy has been effective in helping the body to get rid of internal scar tissue. It also helps to heal pulled muscles faster.
Now back to Sandy’s experience. After her 1st treatment, she immediately felt less calf pain and stiffness. After her 6th treatment, she reported that she was able to do jumping activity without any calf pain. The 9th treatment was a big milestone for Sandy; she felt confident enough to play a light rally of tennis and only felt a temporary swelling that subsided quickly. After her 12th treatment she was able to play tennis regularly with few issues. However, she decided to continue with a few additional treatments to ensure that the calf pain was gone for good. After 17 treatments Sandy was not feeling any pain or swelling in her calf. We then completed her treatment.