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Ankle Sprain: Cause and Best Treatment in Malaysia

Ankle Sprain Treatment By Advanced Non-Invasive Methods In Malaysia

Ankle sprain and sprained ankle treatment need specialized skills and advanced therapy technologies to repair damaged tissue holistically. Ankle treatment at Chiropractic Specialty Center® is through integrative non-invasive methods backed by research that give you full recovery with lasting relief.

Twisting an ankle can happen at any time; sprained ankles and ankle injuries account for 13% of all musculoskeletal injuries. A sprain occurs when ligaments stretch beyond their limits. Uncomplicated mild sprains are self-limiting and should heal within a week. However, a complicated mild sprain will need some form of intervention for the injury to fully recover. Ankle sprains are common because ankle ligaments are smaller compared to those of other joints, and are relatively easy to push over the tearing point. Complicated ankle sprains are high ankle sprains. High ankle sprains are ankle injuries that occur above the ankle joints.

What Makes A High Ankle Injury Complicated?

High ankle sprains or injuries are always a problem for the patient, doctors, and therapists. They pose more significant challenges and require specialized skill sets and therapy technologies to repair with lasting relief. A high ankle injury complicated is in its location and the number of ligaments confined in a small area. High ankle sprains are classified as complex ankle injuries due to the specialized ligaments above the ankle.

Chiropractic Specialty Center® (CSC) offers the most comprehensive ankle injury treatment for complicated sprains such as high ankle injury. Get in touch with us today on 03 2093 1000 for locations and services.

ligaments of ankle involved in ankle sprain

High ankle injuries involve the ligaments connecting the tibia and fibula above the ankle through what is known as syndesmosis. The ankle’s syndesmosis is also called the distal tibiofibular syndesmosis because of the fibrous joint formed between the tibia and fibula through several ligaments. The distal tibiofibular syndesmosis connects the ankle bones, provide stability, and shock absorbance through a series of ligaments listed below:

  1. Interosseous ligament
  2. Anterior inferior tibiofibular ligament
  3. Posterior inferior tibiofibular ligament
  4. Transverse tibiofibular ligament

Grading & Symptoms Of Ankle Sprains 

Symptoms of a sprained ankle include ankle pain and swelling. Bruising and discoloration of the foot and ankle may happen. Inability to weight-bear on the injured ankle and difficulty moving the ankle are common symptoms of an ankle sprain.

Sprains of the ankle occur when the ligament is stretched beyond its limit. Ankle sprains are graded based on the severity of the injury and their presentation at the time of examination. Sprains are classified into three grades:

  1. Grade I Sprain
  2. Grade II Sprain
  3. Grade III Sprain

1. Characteristics Of A Grade I Ankle Sprain:

A grade one sprain results in mild or minor tears of one or more ankle ligaments. Signs and symptoms of a grade 1 ankle sprain include mild tenderness, stiffness, and swelling. Patients with a grade 1 ankle sprain will be able to walk with mild discomfort. Also, some may experience foot pain or ankle pain when climbing stairs. Generally, there will be no bruising present in grade 1 ankle sprains. 

2. Characteristics Of A Grade II Ankle Sprain:

Grade 2 sprains of the ankle are painful, and foot pain and stiffness are common complaints. In a grade 2 ankle sprain, one or more ankle ligaments are moderately or severely torn. Patients with a grade 2 ankle sprain will experience moderate to severe pain, moderate swelling, and bruising & pain when walking or standing. 

3. Characteristics Of A Grade III Ankle Sprain:

A grade 3 ankle sprain is a complete tear or rupture of the affected ligament. Common signs and symptoms of a grade 3 include severe swelling and bruising. Patients will also experience an unstable ankle with a feeling that the ankle gives away in weight-bearing positions. Due to instabilities, patients with a grade 3 ankle ligament injury will not be able to walk, stand upright, or weight-bearing positions. Grade 3 ankle sprains are always painful.

Common Causes Of Ankle Injuries

Ankle ligaments are small, slightly elastic tissues that connect adjacent bones. An ankle sprain involves ligament damage of differing severity due to a sudden stretch. These ankle ligaments are prone to tear when walking, running, or to jump on uneven surfaces. The more common inversion sprains occur when the foot is rolled onto the outside, stretching the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. The less common eversion sprains exert the destructive force on the ligaments on the inner side of the ankle when the foot is rolled onto the inner side of the foot. It is imperative to address all issues in the ankle and foot as holistically as possible. Get the best treatment for foot pain and ankle pain when you visit us.

Full recovery and lasting relief are possible only if you get your ankle pain and injury treated through a holistic measure that fixes and repairs damaged tissue.

Foot Pain Is Common In Patients With Sprained Ankle

The mechanism that injured an ankle may also have affected the foot. The most common foot condition in the sprained ankle is a subluxation or misalignment of the cuboid bone. Foot pain that results from ankle pain might be felt along the foot’s outer side near the cuboid bone or on top of the foot. Therefore, it is imperative to get a thorough assessment of the entire leg and feet. 

If you experience foot and ankle pain following a sprain injury, contact us. CSC is the premier center for spine and joint treatments. Our foot and ankle pain treatments are provided through the combined efforts of Kuala Lumpur’s top-rated chiropractors and physiotherapists. Patients with foot and ankle pain need both chiropractic and physiotherapy. CSC’s chiropractors are the experts who will ensure that your joints are correctly positioned. At the same time, our physiotherapists get to work on fixing the damaged tissue through our unique therapy methods.

What Should You Do For An Uncomplicated Ankle Injury

The treatment for a non-complicated ankle sprain is PRICE (protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation). Use ankle supports to protect the joint from further injury if necessary. Rest and avoid putting weight on the ankle to prevent further damage to the ankle. Apply an ice pack to the sprained ankle for 10-15 minutes every 2 hours to reduce the inflammation and pain. Apply a compression band around the ankle to reduce the swelling. Elevate the injured ankle to minimize fluid retention in the foot. 

The recovery duration for an uncomplicated ankle sprain (grade 1 sprain) is 5-7 days. If you have not fully recovered from an ankle injury, you need professional experts like our clinical teams to help speed the healing process and avoid scar tissues. Scar tissue development following an ankle injury is all too common. It is the primary reason why over 40% of injured patients report residual pain that lingers with recurrent flare-ups.

Call us if your ankle pain has not fully recovered with 7-10 days post-injury. Waiting may lead to more scar tissue, adhesions, and necrosis. 

Should You Get X-ray Or MRI For Sprained Ankles

Complicated sprains must be x-rayed. In some instances, MRI is needed to rue out hairline or hidden fractures. Diagnostic imaging (x-rays & MRI) is essential in determining the extent and location of injuries.Diagnostic imaging is worth its weight in gold when it comes to physical medicine or therapy.

Should Get Steroid Injection & Do They Have Any Therapeutic Value?

Cortisol is a hormone produced and released by the adrenal gland in response to stress or injury. Cortisone is a syntactic compound that is not natural but claimed to mimic the effects of cortisol by steroid manufacturers. Corticosteroid injections are cortisone injections that doctors and surgeons prescribe in hopes of reducing pain and inflammation, and they have no other therapeutic value aside from reducing pain and swelling.

The goal of managing and treating patients with injuries and pain is to decrease swelling and pain in a manner that does not harm or cause ill effects later. Corticosteroid injections or unnatural and harmful two muscles, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bones, and nerves. A recently published study and the journal of Radiology shed light on corticosteroid injections’ destructive, toxic, and harmful nature (steroid injections).The authors of this published report reported numerous complications and adverse effects associated with corticosteroid injections. They have called for a review of the infamous steroid injections as it is now linked to bone death, irreparable damage to soft issues, joins, and cartilage. 

In the light of this newly published study, we encourage you to avoid steroid injections altogether as they have zero therapeutic value in the long term. Besides, the harmful toxic nature of steroids poses a greater threat to your wellbeing than the injury ever would!

How To Manage & Recover Fast From Injuries?

To recover from injuries, you will need to implement the self-help tips we have outlined in this section of our article. The PRICE method of managing and injury is the first best that we can take towards recovery. PRICE Is an acronym for:

  • Protect: Some injuries may require protection. Unstable ankle injuries can speed up your recovery when you use a supportive brace.
  • Rest: Sports injuries or injuries sustained during normal active living will require rest. You will need to avoid any exercises or athletic activities that you partake regularly. Unstable injuries will require avoidance of any weight bearing activities. As such, use of crutches or a walking stick well help speed your recovery.
  • Ice: Cryotherapy or the application of ice on the injured area is an essential first step. You should ice for 15 minutes every two hours to reduce swelling and paint. If you don’t have a proper reusable ice pack, you may use a frozen bag of veggies. You must avoid icing longer than 15 minutes, as it can increase inflammation. Also, we recommend wrapping the ice pack in a thick cotton cloth to avoid ice burns.
  • Compress: Sprains and strains require compression for faster healing and stability during weight bearing activities. Using elastic bandages to wrap the injured area can speed up recovery times.
  • Elevate: Moderating severe injuries will require elevation. Elevating the injured part above the heart whenever possible well help reduce the swelling. By reducing struggling your recovery period shortens

Best Ankle Treatment For Sprains, Strains & Instabilities

Chiropractic Specialty Center® (CSC) treats ankle pain through evidence-based methods and advanced therapy technologies. CSC offers holistic treatments for painful and injured ankles. 

If you want the best clinical team, visit us. CSC’s methodologies, expertise, knowledge, and therapy technology are second to none.

At CSC, our clinical teams use the latest therapy technologies for ankle sprains and soft tissue injuries that give you faster relief when compared to competing centers. At CSC, we treat you better through our combined award-winning methods of physiotherapy and chiropractic in Malaysia. We may also provide care through some of the most advanced soft tissue therapy technologies such as:

  • QMD CryoTherapy therapy
  • ESWT Shockwave therapy
  • High-Intensity Laser Therapy or HILT
  • Osseus & soft tissue manipulation or mobilizations via the Activator Methods
  • Myofascial release 
  • Nutritional supplements to assist with rapid healing
  • Ultrasound therapy & electrotherapy
  • Customized rehabilitation & strengthen that targets damaged tissue

CSC’s Ankle treatment offers you non-invasive treatments for a full recovery and lasting relief.

What Is The Recovery Time For Sprained Ankle?

Recovering from injury takes time. If your injuries are mild, you may not need treatment. The only requirement is to rest and protect using the P.R.I.C.E. (PRICE) methods, mentioned earlier. However, managing a moderate or severe injury is more complex and requires precision treatments that are planned carefully based on your needs.

Soft tissue injuries, including ankle sprains, need rehabilitation and therapeutic processes that are planned carefully though a stage by stage healing process. The below six steps are implemented in various phases of acute or chronic conditions indulging those related to sprains and strains that impact joints and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, and ligaments) in three phases of healing:

  1. Protecting the injured tissue
  2. Reduce swelling & pain
  3. Prevent scar tissues & adhesions of injured tissues
  4. Increase blood flow to injured area to speedup recovery
  5. Strengthen the injured joints muscles, tendons, and ligaments
  6. Educate patients on how to prevent future injuries by good practices

Uncomplicated mild injuries heal fast (5-7 days), and complicated injuries requiring therapy can take as long as six months. However, if your doctor or therapists are good and they treat you through some of the same therapies devices as we at CSC do, you should easily be able to cut your recovery time by at least 50-70%. CSC’s treatment for sprained ankles is divided into three phases:

  1. Phase I or the protection phase
  2. Phase II or the rpeair stage
  3. Phase III or the remodleing stage

Customized Phases of CSC’s Ankle Treatment That Repairs Damaged Tissue Holistically Without Injections Or Surgery 

CSC uses the following three phase recovery and treatment plan for our injuries including ankle sprains to:

  1. Phase I: Phase 1 is the active phase. In this stage, our clinical teams will start therapies to help reduce inflammation and initiate healing of the torn or damaged tissues. Depending on the severity of your condition this phase may last 1-2 weeks.
  2. Phase II: In phase 2 you will get some of the same treatments. The difference between phase one and two is that in phase 2, we will start an active rehabilitation programs. Active rehabilitation through customized exercise and stretching programs will help rebuilt the elasticity and strength of the damaged tissue, as we continue our work on repairing of damaged ligaments and cartilage.
  3. Phase III:  At the conclusion of phase 2 and at the beginning of phase 3, the remodeling and strengthening of the injured area is initiated. The remodeling phase can last between 3 to 6 weeks for moderate injuries, for severe injuries it can take as long as three to four months. The goal with phase three is to get you back to pre-injury status and level of activity. CSC’s clinical teams of chiropractors and physiotherapists will customize specific activities and strengthening exercises to help you regain strength and stabilize the injured joint.

What Are The Possible Complication Of Sprained Ankle?

According to published studies, 40% of ankle sprains result in residual aches and pain that show up later. Also, up to 20% of ankle injuries result and ankle instabilities and chronic pain. 

The need for comprehensive and focused treatments that address and repair injured joints is essential to last thing improvements without limitations. Failing to get adequate treatment for a sprained ankle or engaging in activities too early can cause complications:

  • Degenerative changes in soft tissues (muscle, tendons, and ligaments)
  • Joint degeneration
  • Wearing out or deterioration of the cartilage
  • Arthritic formations and bone spurs
  • Damaged the nerves traversing or passing near the injured tissue
  • Weakness of muscles and ligaments
  • chronic ankle pain and instabilities

Therefore, seek immediate medical or health care attention if you cannot bear the weight of your body on the ankle or obvious deformity is noted. In certain circumstances, You may need x-rays and MRI to rule out fractures, including compression or hairline fractures which are easily detectable. 

Visit our clinical chiropractor in Malaysia today for a detailed assessment of your ankle injury. CSC’s Chiropractors in Kuala Lumpur have the expertise and knowledge to diagnose accurately and formulate a holistic treatment plan that repairs sprained ankles fast. Get the best ankle sprain treatment through advanced non-invasive methods that provide lasting relief; contact our main center in Kuala Lumpur on 03 2093 1000.

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