Ankle Sprain Recovery Time Sprained ankle recovery time depends on a variety of factors such as the severity of the sprain, the extent of the injury, and the ligament condition. Ankle sprain is a medical condition where the ligaments surrounding the ankle joint are partially or completely torn. Sprained ankle is also known as ankle ligament injury, twisted ankle, or rolled ankle. Ankle sprain occurs when the ankle is turned or rolled in an abnormal way. It occurs by landing on an uneven surface while running or jumping. In this abnormal position, ligaments can over stretch and cause destabilization. It occurs more during sports such as tennis and basketball. It can occur to a normal person too, though, especially when they slip or step off the curb. There will be swelling, pain, and inflammation on the affected area immediately after the ankle sprain. Persons with sprained ankle also have reduced ability to move the ankle and experiences difficulty while using that leg. The sprained ankle recovery time depends on the type of ankle sprain that has occurred. Inversion ankle sprain, eversion ankle sprain, and high ankle sprain are the different kinds of ankle sprains that can occur. Most sprains of the ankle are inversion ankle sprains, which affect the lateral (outside) ligament of the ankle. Eversion ankle sprain is the rarest form of ankle sprain which affects the medial (inner) side of the ligament. High ankle sprain can occur due to sudden twisting movement, especially during sports like football, ice hockey, rugby, volleyball, basketball, track, lacrosse, frisbee, and tennis. The recovery time also depends on the grading of the ankle sprains. In order to understand the recovery time for ankle sprain, it is important to understand the grades of sprain. There are three grades of ankle sprain. In grade 1 ankle sprain, stability of the ankle joint is not affected. In grade 2 ankle sprain, there is a partial tear of the ligament causing it to become loose. In grade 3 ankle sprain, there is a complete tear of the ligament causing severe pain and immobility. The PRICE method is used immediately after the injury. Later on, orthopedic walking boots, braces, crutches, compression bandages, casts, or shoe inserts can be used to improve the condition. A below-the-knee cast can speed up a severe sprained ankle recovery time to 3 months. Immobilization and ankle exercises can both be done to provide relief upon advice of a medical professional. The recovery time for grade 1 ankle sprain is about 1 or 2 weeks since it is associated with just mild pain and swelling. The recovery time for grade 2 ankle sprain varies from person to person. Generally, it takes about 4 to 6 weeks. Since grade 3 ankle sprain is a serious form of ankle sprain, it takes a long time to heal. The recovery time is about 8 to 12 weeks. The sprained ankle recovery time depends on the PRICE technique used at the time of injury and ongoing swelling. Physical therapy also plays an important role in recovery time since it decreases swelling and pain, while also increasing flexibility. It is also useful to strengthen the muscle, which likewise speeds up the recovery time by adding extra support to the damaged
joint. So, in order to speed up the sprained ankle recovery time, it is important to get proper first aid immediately after the injury, physical therapy, and exercise. READ MORE http://www.allaboutsprains.com
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Published on Jul 16, 2012
There will be swelling, pain, and inflammation on the affected area immediately after the ankle sprain. Persons with sprained ankle also hav...