We see many patients in our Woburn & Chelmsford, MA office with ankle sprains but Dr. James Ellis & Dr. Lyndsay Martin has had a lot of success helping them recover more quickly. Why are ankle sprains so common and how can chiropractic care help?
According to the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), an estimated 25,000 men and women in the US sprain their ankles daily. In fact, these injuries make up nearly half of all sports injuries, causing people to spend time away from the activities they enjoy most.
Like any injury, there are many causes of ankle sprains. The most common is inversion, or when the ankle rolls inward. This injury can happen due to one forceful movement, or it can develop over a period of time, and activities that increase the risk for this type of ankle sprain include running and jumping. You're also at risk if you have pre-existing ankle injuries, poor posture or balance, weak muscles, and reduced range of motion.
A study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics set out to determine chiropractic's role when it comes to ankle sprain recovery. The authors enrolled 33 people between the ages of 18 and 45 who had a history of ankle inversion sprains, who were experiencing tenderness and/or pain, and had not re-injured the area in the previous six weeks.
Eighteen of the participants were assigned to participate in rehabilitation and the other 15 people received chiropractic adjustments in addition to rehabilitation. Each person had five full weeks of therapy, with the rehabilitation group receiving therapy seven days a week and the rehabilitation plus chiropractic group receiving therapy six out of the seven days.
The authors found that the individuals who participated in both rehabilitation and chiropractic fared the best at the 4-week mark when it came to pain and joint restriction. Also, no negative effects were reported, showing that this treatment option is safe.
If you're near our office in Woburn & Chelmsford, MA and you're struggling with an ankle injury, give us a call. We'll do what we can to keep you up and running... literally!