ANKLE SPRAINS AND PHYSICAL THERAPY ABOUT ANKLE SPRAINS
Keep up with your physical therapy exercises to relieve pain and prevent further injuries. If your pain doesn’t subside, consult with your therapist about what other things might be causing pain. Call St. Luke’s & East Tennessee Rehab Center for a complimentary injury consultation. We will guide you so you can get back to the activities you love. • Industrial Rehab • Integrative Dry Needling • Lymphedema • Neck Pain • Nerve Function • Osteoporosis • Pediatric Therapy • Pregnancy • Rheumatoid Arthritis • Shoulder Pain • Wound Care HAS YOUR PA I N COME BACK? 1 2 3 • Anodyne Therapy • Aquamed Dry Hydrotherapy • Aquatic Therapy • ATM (Acute • Back Pain • Carpal Tunnel • Fibromyalgia • Graston • Hand Therapy • Incontinence Therapeutic Movement)
SHOE WEAR Wearing a good, supportive shoe is always best practice when walking and participating in sports. However, there is very little research to support high top shoes preventing ankle sprains. The best way to prevent ankle sprains is not what you put on your foot, but to strengthen the muscles around the ankle and hip.
Ankle injuries are the most common sports injury. It typically involves excessive inversion, or turning in, of the ankle. When this happens, the outer ligaments are stretched too much. WHAT CAUSES ANKLE SPRAINS? Did you know that hip weakness could cause repetitive ankle sprains? The largest hip stabilizer muscle, the Gluteus Medius, sets the positioning for the leg on down to the ankle. When this muscle is weak,
WHAT CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY DO?
Here at St. Luke’s & East Tennessee Rehab Center, we can evaluate your hip muscle strength, and
the leg loses proper positioning, and the ankle can invert more easily. Thus, many of the repetitive ankle sprains we see are due to the Gluteus Medius not firing the way it should during sporting activities. ANKLE SPRAINS AND BALANCE The tendons of the ankle contain
identify what is weak. Then, we will make a tailored treatment plan in order to strengthen the weak muscles, in order to support proper leg positioning.
Also, there must be a focus on proprioceptive training so that balance is improved. General balance
exercises are important, such as balancing on one leg on an uneven surface, but we also make sure that we devise balance exercises that simulate typical function for each patient. The specialized one on one care at St. Luke’s & East Tennessee Rehab Center allows for us to get you back to your sports and job quicker. Typically, the sooner a patient can begin physical therapy, the faster the recovery.
proprioceptors, which are neurons that sense movement and help to maintain and correct balance. Since ligaments, tendons, and the joint capsule may be affected after an ankle sprain, this injury can affect balance.
EXERC I SE ESSENT I AL S USE THIS EXERCISE TO RELIEVE KNEE PAIN
KNEE EXTENSION STRETCH While sitting, tighten your top thigh muscle to press the back of your knee downward towards the ground. Repeat 6 times on each side.
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