Why You Should See A Physio For Your Sprained Ankle

Why You Should See A Physio For Your Sprained Ankle 

If you have ever sprained your ankle, you know how painful and debilitating it can be. Not only can the pain be frustrating, but can also limit your ability to move freely. While you may be inclined to brush off the pain and take it slow, this can significantly impact your strength and mobility, long term.  

A sprained ankle is one of the most common sporting injuries that we see come into the practice. In light of this, we thought to share four reasons why you should always visit an experienced physio when you’ve sprained your ankle.   

  1. Reduce Pain and Swelling  

One of the primary goals of physiotherapy for ankle injuries is to reduce the pain and swelling. Depending on your level of injury, your physio can use a range of manual therapy techniques including fascia massage and joint mobilisation to help reduce inflammation, relieve muscle tension, stiffness and alleviate pain.  

  1. Improve Strength and Stability  

According to research, an individual who hasn’t received rehab is 85% more likely to re-sprain and injure that same ankle. As a result of the weakened muscles in the lower leg, this can lead to muscle instability and increase the chance of re-injury. Through visiting a physio, you can regain strength back to your ankle and improve the stability and balance in your lower limbs.  

  1. Personalised Treatment  

Physiotherapy is a highly personalised treatment that is tailored to your specific injury and needs. During your initial assessment at Progressive, your physiotherapist will learn about your history and work with you to develop a treatment plan that takes into account your injury status and goals. Our personalised approach helps ensure that you get the most effective treatment that suits your injury and enables you to make a full recovery.  

  1. Avoid Surgery  

In some cases, ankle injuries may require surgery. However, more often than not, physiotherapy can help you avoid surgery, altogether. By working with a highly experienced physio, you can strengthen your ankle and lower leg, improving your overall function and reducing the need for surgical intervention.  

When you have injured your ankle, physiotherapy is one of the most effective treatments that allow you to make a full recovery. Our team goes beyond relieving your pain and swelling, as we help you restore your range of motion, improve strength and balance, and provide you with personalised treatment to get you back to your pre-injured state. If you or someone you know has injured their ankle, give them the best chance to make a full recovery and contact the Progressive team.   

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.