How many athletes have rolled or sprained an ankle? Answer? All of them. Ankle sprains are the most common injury in sports. Usually accompanied by a pop, bruising, pain, and inflammation. Injuries can take weeks to months to recover from depending on the severity.
What we can do to help:
Two different injuries happen in an ankle sprain. The muscle is stretched and then subsequently contracts to protect the ankle and the ankle ligaments themselves can sometimes be torn. The majority of pain and function loss from an ankle sprain actually happens from the muscle getting whiplash, not the ankle ligament itself. Treating the muscles of the lower leg with a combination of dry needling, resisted loading, and manual muscle release often allows the athlete to put full weight and regain the majority of range of motion in the ankle even just a day or two after the initial injury.