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Four benefits of physical therapy for a sprained ankle

Four Benefits of Physical Therapy for a Sprained Ankle

While they often heal with time and proper treatment, a sprained ankle can be a particularly frustrating condition to deal with. Whether you’re an athlete, are physically active or have a job that keeps you on your feet for hours at a time, ankle pain and limited mobility can make it tough to perform normal daily activities. However, it’s absolutely crucial not to rush back into action or overdo it, because you can easily run the risk of worsening your sprained ankle or reinjuring it when it’s almost healed.  

This is where physical therapy can help. Working with the right physical therapist can provide a number of benefits for a sprained ankle. We’re sharing this helpful article to help you better understand these advantages and be a more confident and informed patient. We always welcome your questions and can happily provide more information if you reach out to a member of our friendly team. 

Here are four reasons to seek physical therapy for a sprained ankle

Once you’re following a treatment plan for a sprained ankle, it can help you find relief in the following ways: 

  1. Increased ankle strength — Therapeutic exercises can help build up the supporting muscles around the ankle to offer increased stability. 
  2. Improved range of motion — Manual therapy and targeted stretches can help with flexibility and mobilization of injured soft tissue. 
  3. Promotion of the natural healing process — Physical therapy can’t cure a sprained ankle, but it can help the body heal by stimulating blood flow and breaking up knots of tense muscle fiber. 
  4. Lower likelihood of reinjury — By teaching proper posture, body mechanics and warm-up techniques, your physical therapist can help you lessen the risk of reinjuring your ankle. 

To gain the full benefits of physical therapy, you should try to be as engaged and active with the treatment process as possible. Finding a physical therapist whom you can build a productive relationship with is also essential. 

Peak Performance offers sprained ankle treatment from compassionate experts

At Peak Performance Sports and Physical Therapy, we pride ourselves on the personalized care that our highly trained and credentialed clinicians deliver to everyone who comes to us seeking a return to the healthy and active lifestyle they deserve. We will work closely with you to identify the contributors to your sprained ankle and create a program that is built around your unique needs. 

To learn more, contact us today. We’ll be happy to help you schedule your initial appointment.