Ankle Sprains/Strains

Ankle Sprains/Strains

Ankle sprain refers to the overstretching and tearing of the joint structures without dislocation and is usually caused by forcible wrenching or twisting of a joint characterised by pain, swelling and loss of function. The ligaments are affected and take time to heal.

In the acute stage, the joint needs to be rested preferably above the heart with compression and an icepack. However, the sooner the joint is mobilised the better to prevent long term weakening of ligaments and muscle wastage. Even if the client just wiggles the joint a bit without causing himself pain, this will help healing.

The next stage is the sub-acute stage where healing has started, pain and swelling are lessening. This is where massage comes in. In the sub-acute stage, massage the joint above at first and then gently over the painful area. This should encourage a reduction in pain as well as an increase in drainage both absolutely essential for good healing to occur. We will encourage you to move through your painfree zone and do gentle stretches – pain allowing and then improve rehabilitation.

THERAPY OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR THIS CONDITION AT BROOKS-CARTER CLINIC