What can a chiropractor do for an ankle sprain?
When you sprain your ankle you may damage the ligaments, tendons, and muscles that help support the joint. If the surrounding tissue does not heal properly then you may be more susceptible to future ankle instability and injuries. Your trusted chiropractor in Blaine, MN can help speed up the healing process, make sure the joint is tracking correctly, and help prevent further damage to the joint.
How you ask?
At Club West Chiropractic, we have state of the art therapeutic modalities. These modailities include the chiropractic adjustment, therapeutic ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), Graston, RockTape, and more. Your physician will examine you ankle and come up with a plan to get you well and keep you well.
How your trusted chiropractor in Blaine, MN will treat chronic ankle sprains.
Chronic means old injuries, and in the case of ankle sprains, usually reoccurring injuries to the same ankle. The chiropractic adjustment is the most commonly used treatment for ankle sprains. You Blaine chiropractor is trained to detect and treat joints that are not moving properly in the foot and ankle. If your bone is stuck (not moving properly) then the doctor may adjust the restriction, which usually restores range of motion, and decreases pain and inflammation.
Therapeutic Ultrasound is the most commonly used modality for chronic ankle sprains. Ultrasound is a deep heat therapy designed to rush blood to the area, turn over old cells, and kick start the healing process. Ligaments, that are injured in an ankle sprain, take a long time to heal, and are not very vascular. With the help of ultrasound, the tissue can get blood to the area and speed up healing time.
Club West Chiropractors may also use Graston. Graston technique is designed to break up painful scar tissue caused by old and chronic injuries.
RockTape is another popular treatment used by chiropractors. RockTape is designed to support and stabilize the joint after the adjustment and treatment.
Electrical Muscle Stimulation, specifically Russian Stimulation may be used to reeducate muscles that are needed to stabilize the joint.
What about acute ankle sprains?
The treatment for an acute or new ankle sprains is very different than chronic ankle sprains. For those who have just experienced an ankle sprain, the joint may be very painful, inflamed, and even bruised. The treatment for an acute ankle sprain includes a very gentle chiropractic adjustment, designed to separate the joint and flush out the inflammation. Due to the impact of the injury the bones may have slipped out of alignment. Your Club West Chiropractor will examine you ankle and determine if the bones are moving properly. If there is a misalignment then an adjustment will be administered.
Other therapies used to treat acute ankle sprains include:
Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)- interferential therapy is designed to temporarily reduce pain and inflammation. It contracts and relaxes the injured muscles at a very fast rate which flushes out inflammation and decreases pain.
RockTape is by far the best treatment for ankle sprains following the adjustment. Specific RockTape protocols are used to decrease inflammation. Following an ankle sprain there is usually severe swelling, which is your bodies protective mechanism against injury. When swelling and inflammation are present, the muscles and surrounding tissue can’t glide seamlessly as you move around. This causes friction and pain. RockTape helps lift the fascia and restore seamless gliding. As you can see in the picture, RockTape reduces bruising and inflammation. After just two days, the bruising was gone where the tape had been placed.