Did you know that ankle sprains rank as one of the most frequent orthopedic injuries. Most commonly you will sprain your ankle by rolling your foot inward. People of all ages and levels of activity experience ankle sprains. A large percentage of these people suffer from decreased motion, balance and function for 6-12 months after the initial injury. The good news is that studies have shown that patients who receive physical therapy recover much better than those who don’t. This guide will reveal simple ways to help return you rid yourself of pain and resume your favorite activities.
Although ankle sprains commonly occur during sport, they can also happen while stepping off a curb or onto uneven ground. One of the most common myths regarding ankle sprain is that all you need is rest and ice to recover. This is not true, you will return much better by incorporating exercise and other treatments in addition to rest and ice. If you have experienced an ankle injury, you can test yourself by tipping your foot inward. If you experience pain or have excessive motion you are still suffering from the effects of your ankle sprain. You will benefit from physical therapy to restore ankle stability and decrease pain. Contact Siskiyou Physical Therapy immediately to setup an evaluation with a physical therapist. We have an ankle injury program to specifically address the needs of people recovering from ankle injuries. Specific exercises as well as manual therapy and instruments such as the 830 laser will help you return to your normal activities and prevent you from developing long-term dysfunction. Most patients will benefit from 4-5 physical therapy visits to unleash your healing potential and return you to your normal activity. These visits are very affordable and should cost you 40-90 dollars per visit. Siskiyou Physical therapy will provide services to assist you in unlocking your healing potential. You should be wary of physical therapy that provides “passive” treatments. PT should be an interactive experience and you should learn something new at every visit. If you are unable to bear weight through your ankle and are tender to the touch along any bones. You should consult your physical therapist who may need to screen you for possible x-rays.
Remember, if you have experienced an ankle sprain you can dramatically improve your function and improve healing by seeking out physical therapy. Dysfunction from ankle injuries can linger for quite some time after the initial injury, but physical therapy can assist with healing through revolutionary treatments. Do not delay, contact Siskiyou Physical Therapy to let the healing begin.
Jonathan Hill, DPT is a staff Physical Therapist with locally owned Siskiyou Physical Therapy. He is originally from Grants Pass and returned to the area 2 years ago to practice physical therapy in his hometown. With his advanced degree, DPT, he specializes in outpatient orthopedic problems focusing on restorative and preventative interventions. He can be contacted at www.siskiyoupt.com or 1-800-958-2588.