Ankle Sprain Treatment at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation in Red Bank New Jersey

Overview of an Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains are one of the most common musculoskeletal injuries. In the United States alone there are 23,000 ankle sprains each day. There have been over 30 studies in medical literature to determine the best and most effective form of treatment. Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation utilizes the most technologically advanced forms of rehabilitation to provide pain relief and more importantly, to help repair the ankle through innovative stabilization techniques.

Anatomy of an Ankle Sprain

The ankle joint is made up of three bones: the tibia, the fibula and the talus. These bones are held together by a series of tendons and ligaments. Tendons attach muscle to bone. The tendons attach to various muscles which provide mobility. Ligaments attach bone to bone.

An ankle sprain is a insult to the integrity of the ligament. The most commonly injured ligament is the anterior talo-fibular ligament. This ligament connects the front part of the fibula to the talus bone on outside part of the ankle joint.

Abnormal loading onto the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the ankle are caused most commonly by a twisting force such as when the ankle “rolls over.”

How do you know whether you have a Sprain or a Break?

An xray is typically the first step in determining whether or not there is a broken bone. At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, we have radiographic equipment on site to perform any necessary xrays. In addition to xrays, our physicians and licensed physical therapists provide comprehensive examinations prior to any treatment.

If not Treated Properly, Recurrence is Common

According to the research, 5% to 33% of patients with an ankle sprain still had pain after one year (1). 15% to 64% had not fully recovered at 3 years. The risk of re-sprains ranged in these studies from 3% to 34%. The factors that cause continued pain and re-injury are due primarily to the loss of proper function to the ankle.

Treatment for Ankle Sprains at Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation

At Monmouth Pain and Rehabilitation, we utilize several innovative forms of treatment for ankle sprains including low level laser therapy for pain and the Power Plate whole body vibration therapy for stabilization and prevention for further injury. Additionally our trained staff of licensed New Jersey physical therapists utilize ultrasound, hands on muscle therapy, massage, heat, ice and electric stimulation to treat ankle sprains.
1. What is the Clinical Course of Acute Ankle Sprains? A Systematic Literature Review. April 2008, Vol. 121, No. 4, pp. 324-331