Can the Chiropractor Help with an Ankle Sprain?

Posted By Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain || 5-Oct-2015

When someone says, “sports injuries,” they can be referring to a number of things. When a person thinks of chiropractic therapy for sports injuries, they may consider treatments applied to the back and neck. However, chiropractors can help athletes recover many other types of injuries as well, including ankle injuries.

Ankle sprains are extremely common in sports. To determine how common ankle injuries were amongst athletes, researchers collected statistics of student-athletes from 100 US high schools from the year 2005 to 2006. The study reports that 326,396 of these athletes suffered ankles sprains.

While many do not consider ankle sprains as a severe injury, these types of injuries can leave an athlete inactive for long amounts of time. The following statistics reveal the average durations and recovery times of high school athletes with ankle injuries:

  • 51.6% missed 7 days of activity following their injuries
  • 33.9% missed 7-21 days of activity following their injuries
  • 10.5% missed more than 22 days of activity

What Causes a Sprained Ankle?

Doctors define an ankle sprain as an injury that occurs when a joint capsule or a ligament becomes strained beyond the normal range of motion. Depending on the sport, sprained ankles can occur in a number of ways.

In volleyball, an athlete may come down from an attack and land on their foot incorrectly, causing their foot to fold under them. This can also occur the player lands on another player’s foot, also causing their foot to fold. In basketball, a sprained ankle can occur when a player fakes out an opponent. The rapid change in direction can cause the athlete to suffer a sprained ankle.

Regardless of the cause, ankle sprains can be incredibly painful.

How a Chiropractor Can Help

When you visit a chiropractor after suffering an ankle sprain, they will perform a complete evaluation of the ankle and the injury. After the evaluation, the chiropractor may perform some or all of the following steps.

  • Ensure that no tears or fractures have occurred in the area
  • Assign the athlete light- to no-weight exercises that can help improve the athlete’s range of motion
  • Perform special chiropractic techniques that will promote healing
  • Apply resistance or weight with each subsequent visit to help promote healing and strength
  • Assign balancing exercises on a BOSU ball or stability disk

Call Gwinett Medical Beck & Neck Pain Today

The Lawrenceville chiropractors from Gwinnett Medical Back & Neck Pain understand how frustrating sports-related injuries can be and are passionate about helping you get back on the field or court. Don’t wait; contact our office in Lawrenceville or Norcross today, and see what we can do for you!

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