Our expert says:
Rest is obviously important, but you might also need to more systematically and progressively do the rehab for it. The referred pain suggests that maybe a nerve was damaged, yes. Either way, I think rest and working at strengthening the muscle - the biggest problem after injury is that even when the muscle is healed, it has "forgotten" how to do its job, so you have to relearn that control of movement. So that means doing balance exercise, some slow contractions etc - all of which, I hate to say, are best done under supervision of a trained bio or physio's watchful eye.
But in terms of how long, depends on the severity of the muscle strain - one to two weeks, followed by some rehab, for a milder strain.
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