Medial Gastrocnemius Strain Questions & Answers

Updated: Mar 30, 2018
  • Author: Anthony J Saglimbeni, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is medial gastrocnemius strain?

What is the prevalence of medial gastrocnemius strain?

What is the anatomy relative to medial gastrocnemius strain?

What are short-specific biomechanics of medial gastrocnemius strain?

Presentation

Which clinical history findings are characteristic of medial gastrocnemius strain?

Which physical findings are characteristic of medial gastrocnemius strain?

What causes medial gastrocnemius strain?

DDX

Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnoses of medial gastrocnemius strain?

How is a Baker cyst differentiated from medial gastrocnemius strain?

How is deep venous thrombosis (DVT) differentiated from medial gastrocnemius strain?

How is a plantaris tendon rupture differentiated from medial gastrocnemius strain?

How is an Achilles tendon rupture differentiated from medial gastrocnemius strain?

How are acute and chronic compartment syndromes differentiated from medial gastrocnemius strain?

How are popliteal injuries differentiated from medial gastrocnemius strain?

What are the differential diagnoses for Medial Gastrocnemius Strain?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the diagnosis of medial gastrocnemius strain?

What is the role of radiographs in the diagnosis of medial gastrocnemius strain?

What is the role of MRI in the diagnosis of medial gastrocnemius strain?

What is the role of ultrasound in the diagnosis of medial gastrocnemius strain?

What is the role of Doppler ultrasonography in the diagnosis of medial gastrocnemius strain?

Treatment

What is the role of physical therapy in the treatment of acute medial gastrocnemius strain?

How is pain managed in acute medial gastrocnemius strain?

What is the role of bracing in the treatment of acute medial gastrocnemius strain?

How is myositis ossificans prevented in patients with acute medial gastrocnemius strain?

What is the role of physical therapy in the recovery phase of treatment for medial gastrocnemius strain?

What is the role of physical therapy in the maintenance phase of treatment for medial gastrocnemius strain?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of medial gastrocnemius strain?

Which medications in the drug class NSAIDs are used in the treatment of Medial Gastrocnemius Strain?

Which medications in the drug class Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors are used in the treatment of Medial Gastrocnemius Strain?

Which medications in the drug class Analgesics are used in the treatment of Medial Gastrocnemius Strain?

Follow-up

How is return to play determined following treatment of medial gastrocnemius strain?

What are possible complications of medial gastrocnemius strain?

How is medial gastrocnemius strain prevented?

What is the prognosis of medial gastrocnemius strain?

What is included in patient education about medial gastrocnemius strain?