How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr Brims Your Own Question

Dr Brims
Dr Brims, U.S. Licensed Physician
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 8792
Experience:  MD
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr Brims is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

does a torn calf muscle need surgery

Customer Question

does a torn calf muscle need surgery?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Family Physician replied 3 years ago.
Generally, a torn calf muscle does not require surgery. HOWEVER, depending on the severity of the injury and the degree to which it is causing problems with walking or other activities, surgery may be necessary.

If you believe or know that you have a torn muscle, it would be appropriate to seek urgent medical attention. Your primary care physician or an orthopedic surgeon would be your best options.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
i can walk on it as long as i don't move aggressively and it is only slightly bruised. how would i determine the severity of it? what would "severe" symptoms be? what would be the symptom of a simple sprain? i felt a pop during a martial arts kick....
Expert:  Family Physician replied 3 years ago.
An examination by a physician (or other qualified health professional) would be necessary to determine the degree of the injury.

Left untreated, you could convert a partial tear to a more severe complete tear.

PLEASE SEE YOUR PHYSICIAN
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
you are telling me what i already have scheduled to do in the morning. it will cost me $72 which i was trying to save by asking what symptoms constitute something severe. i realize you can't see my leg, but you can at least tell me what i should be looking for, or ask what i may be experiencing that would let you tell me how severe this could be since this is your area of expertise.... you have given me nothing but my own plan of action. that will not help me sleep tonight knowing that i just wasted $24 more only to get an ibuprofen script in the morning thats $4 at walmart. really? thats all you can tell me is go see my doctor?
Expert:  Family Physician replied 3 years ago.
I'm sorry that you believe that you wasted your time by using our service. Unfortunately, without an examination it is impossible to make a diagnosis.I will opt-out and see if any of the other experts can be of more help to you.

Edited by FamilyPhysician on 9/1/2010 at 11:35 PM EST
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Relist: Answer quality.
if the doctor has seen cases like this, he should be able to describe to me what he has seen, best case worst case symptoms and possible solutions, when looking at this type of possible injury at his own practice, or experiences during his or her residency.
Expert:  Dr Brims replied 3 years ago.
Hello, I work in orthopaedic surgery, and I will try to help.Why do you think you have a torn calf muscle?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
i felt a pop in my calf while performing a kick. 5 mins later the pain came. i could not walk on it monday night, but when i got out of bed tuesday morning i could walk without limping. it only hurts if i flex my foot a certain way or move too quickly..
Expert:  Dr Brims replied 3 years ago.
Do you have a notch like defect in any area of your leg like your achilles tendon or your calf? What part of your leg do you feel the greates pain?Close to your knee, above your knee, ot near your ankle?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
no, no notches or indentions and the sharp pain is focused just above the middle of my calf closer to the knee deep in the muscle
Expert:  Dr Brims replied 3 years ago.
I see, I can tell you that with the location of the pain you have it is likely a minor tear or strain of your gastrocnemius-soleus complex of muscles, which are the main muscles in your calf.Only an physical exam can say for sure, but from what you have told me it doesn't seem to be a serious injury, and I sincerely XXXXX XXXXX willneed surgery of any kind. To be honest, it seems more like a strained calf muscle in regular everyday terms.You will need to see your doctor to make sure though, through an exam.In the meantime i advise you to stay off of it until you see your doctor.

let me know if you still have questions or need more information
Dr Brims, U.S. Licensed Physician
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 8792
Experience: MD
Dr Brims and 7 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
< Last | Next >
  • I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me. Susan O. USA
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Thomas, MD's Avatar

    Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    44473
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrThomasMd/2012-7-25_134438_Imagess1.64x64.jpg Dr. Thomas, MD's Avatar

    Dr. Thomas, MD

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    44473
    Internal Medicine--practice all of internal medicine, all ages, family, also Integrative, CAM, etc
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MY/mysticdoc/2012-6-8_15615_mysticdoc3.64x64.jpg Dr. D.J.'s Avatar

    Dr. D.J.

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    13579
    MD
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/agketch/2008-7-14_184046_drketchresized.jpg Dr. Ketch's Avatar

    Dr. Ketch

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    76
    Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FA/FamilyPhysician/2013-8-31_191624_JA550x500Photo.64x64.jpg Family Physician's Avatar

    Family Physician

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    2522
    Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/drappapo/2013-8-16_22576_drdavid.64x64.jpg Dr. David's Avatar

    Dr. David

    Board Certified Physician

    Satisfied Customers:

    224
    Treat children/young adults, former chief resident, multiple publications
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DrDLove/2009-08-12_141522_DrDLove.jpg Dr. D. Love's Avatar

    Dr. D. Love

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    11042
    Family Physician for 10 years; Hospital Medical Director for 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DO/DoctorRich/2012-9-12_72454_Doctorweb.64x64.jpg Dr. Natasha's Avatar

    Dr. Natasha

    Doctor

    Satisfied Customers:

    8749
    American Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Ivy League trained. Medical Review Officer trained in Drug Testing