Muscles can be injured when they are overstretched or overloaded. Typically muscle tears e.g. calf tears occur with a sudden push off or change in direction that the muscle isn’t conditioned for but can also be strained from strong cramp.
Muscles are also injured if they are contused (bruised) from fall or something hitting them.
The injury to the muscle sets off an inflammatory reaction which is important to kick start the healing process and as the injury heals, scar tissue is laid down.
What happens if I have Muscle Pain or Injury?
It is important to ensure the scar tissue is aligned with the muscle fibres rather than a matted scar and our physiotherapists can advise you on the correct exercises and when to start them to maximise your recovery and to return to what you enjoy doing!