Lateral ligament sprains are the most common sporting injury accounting for 14% of overall sporting injuries (Brukner & Kahn, 2012.) The mechanism usually occurs when there is a rapid change in direction and the ankle is plantar flexed and inverted or a sensation of rolling in.
Regardless of the grade of the injury, a thorough assessment by a physiotherapist is important in order to make a correct diagnosis and to rule out any damage to other structures, for example bone trauma or injury to the syndesmosis, as injury to these structures may change the direction of treatment and expected recovery times.
As the re-injury rate of lateral ankle sprains is 40-70%, it is important that your ankle is correctly diagnosed and rehabilitated correctly to prevent re-injury.
Once diagnosed there are three stages to managing your lateral ligament injury;
Stage 1: Reduction of pain and swelling
Stage 2: Restoration of Range of motion, Strength and Balance
Should you further concerns or would like to make a booking please call Kareela Physiotherapy on 9528 0711.