The Earlier We Can See Them The Faster They Can Recover
Grade I and some Grade II ankle sprains can affect an individuals ability to function at work, at home, or at play. Many people are unsure of what they can do, how much pain to allow, and what is the best way to regain function as fast as possible. The sooner we can see an individual after injury the better the outcome.
The Sprained Ankle Program was developed by Gary Lusin, PT, MS, ATC, CSCS several years ago to specifically reduce swelling, pain, poor gait, caution on the part of the patient, and to restore function and confidence in the patient to resume activities of daily living and work activity.
The Sprained Ankle Program has been very successful with persons of all ages and skills, including athletes and injured workers. Components of the Program are:
- Focused examination of the injured ankle and lower extremity
- Application of a specific taping technique to reduce swelling and provide support
- Use of specific manual therapy soft tissue mobilization techniques, if necessary
- Instruction and counseling to the patient about home care and activity level
- Instruction and counseling for pain control, proper gait, weight bearing, and balance techniques
- Ultrasound (if necessary)
- Instruction in progression of closed chain exercises to restore function
- Up to 5 visits over a 10-21 day period
This program is NOT for significant Grade II or Grade III ankle injuries, as those require different healing parameters and more involved physical therapy treatment.
This program has proven to be very cost effective for patients and is extremely effective in getting patients back to optimum function as soon as possible, and in a safe manner.