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Ankle sprains are one of the most common joint injuries in the United States: Each day, 25,000 Americans sprain their ankle and nearly half of all sports injuries in the U.S. are ankle sprains. Because ankle sprains are so common, people often don’t seek appropriate treatment and, as a result, their injured ankle may not heal properly or completely. These ankle twists and sprains can end up causing chronic pain, even if the injury happened years ago.
We know physical therapy can help treat recent injuries, but what if an old injury is flaring up? Can physical therapy still offer the same benefits? Yes! With physical therapy services from Lyceum Physical Medicine, you can reduce chronic pain and improve mobility.
What is an Ankle Sprain?
When your foot twists or turns beyond its normal range of motion, the ligaments (bands of tissue that hold joints together) overstretch and/or tear. Once an ankle ligament is injured, it is not uncommon for it to be reinjured. In fact, 73% of people who suffered a sprained ankle are likely to experience another sprain. If the muscle strength and balance are not restored to preinjury levels – or beyond – the chance of reinjury increases. Physical therapy helps strengthen the ligament to prevent reinjury and offers relief from pain and stiffness.
What Can Physical Therapy Do For Me?
If you are healthy enough for light movement and exercise, Lyceum’s physical therapy services can help you recover from old injuries and improve your quality of life. While physical therapy isn’t an instant cure, we have a large arsenal of treatments at our disposal to help get you back on your feet. There are different types of physical therapy, each with their own set of goals:
- Exercise therapy aims to improve strength, flexibility and coordination, as well as prevent future problems. The treatment plan is created specifically to treat your specific illness, injury or condition.
- Manual therapy is meant to relax your body, decrease pain and increase your flexibility. This is achieved through massage, mobilization and manipulation of your muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments.
- Muscle stimulation uses electricity to contract your muscles and rehabilitate them while increasing your mobility and strength.
- Ultrasound and heat therapy uses focused sonic and heat waves to increase blood flow, which speeds the healing process and stimulates your cell membranes.
- Education is a key element of physical therapy. We give you insight into your body and how it functions, along with steps you can take to diminish the issues you are facing.
Physical Therapy Services from Lyceum Physical Medicine
Do you have an old injury that keeps you from participating in sports or daily activities? Don’t suffer another day: call Lyceum Physical Medicine at (215) 508-5555 for a free consultation, and let our experts get you started on the road to recovery.