A sprained ankle is a common injury. Sometimes, all it takes to sprain your ankle is a roll, twist or turn of your ankle in an awkward way. This unnatural movement can stretch or tear the ligaments that help hold your ankle together. Ligaments are tough, elastic bands of fibrous tissue that connect one bone to another. They help stabilize joints, preventing excessive movement. A sprained ankle occurs when the ligaments are forced beyond their normal range of motion.
A Note from the Doctor: Ankle sprains respond very well to our treatment. We will go through a series of orthopedic tests to rule out more serious conditions such as fractures and full ligament ruptures. We will utilize myotherapy, stretching, and rehabilitative exercises to strengthen the injured ankle to prevent reoccurrence. We do not take x-rays, so if an x-ray or MRI is warranted we will refer out for imaging. Time frames vary for full recovery but typical do not take more than two weeks or 4 treatments.
Self-care measures such as rest, ice, stretching and strengthening regimen will be sufficient for most people. For athletes, it is imperative that they also have the myotherapy work done to ensure proper recovery and avoid re-injury. The athlete is typically back to full recovery in 1-3 weeks.