Ankle Sprain? How to Know if you Need Physiotherapy?
A very common injury is rolling or twisting the ankle, whether from playing sports or just walking improperly on uneven pavement. A mildly sprained ankle allows you to overstretch your ligaments. A serious ankle sprain can cause a complete ligament tear or even fracture of the bone or muscles may also be injured. How do you know if you need to take physiotherapy?
If you’ve twisted your ankle and you get swelling and pain, you’re more likely to get your ankle sprained. It will demonstrate which part of your ankle has been damaged and where it will be painful, depending on whether you have rolled your ankle inwards or outwards.
Ice and anti-inflammatory medications have historically been prescribed for acute ankle sprains, but research is emerging that contradicts this. More importantly, initially, you can rest and then focus on a gentle range of movement and protect the ankle from further damage.
For instance, consider stopping your sport for a brief period, using crutches to prevent limping, and raising your foot above your heart to minimize swelling. You may need a boot to allow proper healing for more serious ankle injuries.
The seriousness of your ankle sprain will be determined by your physiotherapist. Diagnostic imaging (x-ray, ultrasound) is not always required, but your physiotherapist can let you know if appropriate. It is usually a good idea to see a physio, even though you have just had a mild sprain, considering the high recurrence rates of ankle sprains. A good physiotherapy session would prove very helpful in helping you to bounce back to your routine.
Your physiotherapy procedures usually include:
- Pain management and swelling
- Retraining Gait
- Joint Mobility Mobility
- Prescription for a progressive workout
- balance and proprioception preparation
- Education concerning the adequacy of bracing and/or taping
Your physiotherapist will be able to advance you through the different stages of recovery and inform you when you can return to your daily activities and sports, depending on the severity of your ankle sprain. The best outcomes would be warranted by an active approach to your recovery.
While ankle sprains are normal, it has been shown that proper recovery decreases the risk of having complications. Stretching exercises should be continued daily and particularly before and after physical activity to help prevent re injury. Even after your ankle feels better, to keep your ankles healthy, continue with strengthening exercises and balance and control exercises several times a week.
Arogyaus skilled and experienced physiotherapists will come up with the best physiotherapy, that will relieve you from pain and get back to your normal activities at the earliest.