Physical Therapy for Ankle Sprains

December 29, 2016 in Our News & Bulletins by Integrity Rehab

Previous ankle sprains and failure to rehabilitate an ankle sprain are two of largest forecasters of a future ankle sprain. In a study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers found that people who rehabilitated their ankle sprains were less likely to have a future re-injury. The study divided 80 soccer players with a history of ankle sprain into four research groups. These groups were based on the treatment approach each player was using: proprioceptive training, orthotics, strength training, or no rehabilitation. When compared to the no-rehab group, the proprioceptive training group had reduced the risk of ankle sprains 87%. While not showing as great of an effect, orthotics and strength training both showed a trend toward reducing the number of reoccurring ankle sprains. One or a combination of these physical therapy approaches for your ankle sprain will help shrink the possibility of future re-injury.