Ankle sprains are common injuries that occur when you have increased stress on your ankle causing damage to one of the ligaments. This increased stress can occur from rolling your ankle while walking, running, or exercising. Ankle sprains can turn into a lifelong problem if they are not properly cared for. Some long term consequences of improper care include joint pain, weakness, and balance deficits. Physical therapy can be recommended as a non-invasive measure to improve strength and mobility and decrease the risk of complications in the future.
The following is what your therapy session may look like:
- Start on a bike to warm up musculature and get your muscles loosened up for the work out
- Stretching exercises for the calf muscles and Achilles tendon
- Range of motion exercises to prevent mobility loss
- Strengthening exercises to improve stability of the ankle
- Balance exercises to improve proprioception and decrease risk of future ankle sprains
- Manual techniques lift soft tissue mobilization or joint mobilizations to improve mobility or relieve muscle tightness
- Modalities like ice, heat, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation may be used to relieve pain or soreness
- KT tape for swelling
Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.
If you are having pain in your ankle or have been diagnosed with an ankle sprain, please come see us for a free consultation to see how we can assist you in your recovery. To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:
Cool Springs: 615-224-9810
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