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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.