Ankle Sprain Treatment Gaithersburg & Riverdale
A sprained ankle is one of the most common injuries to the ankle. This injury can happen to athletes, children or adults and can range in severity. The ankle has many ligaments responsible for the stability of the joint. These injuries are graded one, two and three. Grade on is usually when someone inverts (rolls) the ankle and maintains the ability to walk after. Minimal damage has occurred and they recover relatively fast with minimal discomfort. Grade two is slightly worse with bruising seen around the ankle, soreness, stiffness, pain with walking and possibly unable to bare full body weight. Grade three is the worst with complete tearing of the ligaments in the ankle. Bruising, severe pain and inability to walk or move the ankle is common. These cases require bracing with rehabilitation and occasionally surgical consult. Roughly 25,000 people will experience this injury per day.
Oftentimes you will feel the ankle roll underneath you which makes the ankle move beyond the normal range of motion causing injury. The ankle could roll in or out depending on how the injury occurs. There maybe be a pop or snap in the ankle during that time. An examination will determine the severity of the injury and the proper management for the injury. If a fracture is suspected x-rays will be obtained and possibly an MRI if the joint is severely injured. Call us today to set up an appointment or view our chiropractic services.