Ankle Sprains: How Physical Therapy Can Make Your Comeback Stronger

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Ankle sprains are a common injury. Whether it’s a sports-related injury or a result of an accident, ankle sprains are an injury that if left untreated, can cause major problems later on- affecting the hips, back and knees. 

Sometimes the recovery period from ankle sprains can be lengthy. However, with physical therapy, those suffering from ankle sprains can have their pain levels reduced, strength and range of motion regained and even prevent future ankle sprains.

What is an Ankle Sprain?

Ankle sprains are a result of twisting or turning the ankle beyond the normal range of motion, causing the ligaments to tear or overstretch. This type of injury is common in athletes, with younger athletes, military members, runners and jumpers being the most susceptible. 

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How can Physical Therapy Help an Ankle Sprain?

In most injuries, the outer ligaments in the ankle are the ones damaged. It is possible to damage inner ligaments, although it is less common. Reinjuries are common with ankle sprains, especially if the injured individual does not seek physical therapy to improve or restore muscle strength and balance.

Physical therapists can often help those injured recover quicker than those without treatment. Each injury and treatment plan is different, and a therapist will work to develop a personalized plan to ensure goals are met. 

During the first 24- 48 hours after an ankle sprain, a physical therapist may advise you to: 
  • Rest and avoid activities that cause pain 

  • Apply ice for 15 minutes every 2 hours 

  • Walk on the affected foot as soon as you are able to, without irritating the injury or making swelling worse 

  • Consult a physician for further services, such as medication or X-rays 

At physical therapy appointments, your therapist will work with you to: 
  • Reduce pain and swelling by learning how to modify daily activities

  • Improve motion by choosing activities to help restore normal movement 

  • Improve flexibility by determining if any other surrounding muscles are tight, weak or overcompensating for the injury 

  • Improve strength by using various exercises at each stage of recovery to safely restore strength 

  • Improve balance with various exercises 

  • Restore agility for preparation in returning to sports and daily activities 

Getting Back to the Life You Love 

Ankle sprains on average take between two weeks and two months to heal. The experts at Crafted Physical Therapy are well-trained to handle ankle sprains, from the most mild to more severe cases. If you believe you’ve suffered an ankle sprain, contact us online or give us a call today at (720) 204-4567 to schedule an appointment.