What is an Ankle Sprain and How is it Treated?

Ankle sprains occur when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns in an abnormal direction. They are often the result of decreased ankle strength and poor ankle stability. Ankle sprains often cause pain, swelling, and limited range of motion. They are typically classified into 3 major categories, which are broken down below. 

PhaseDays Injured (estimated)Treatment
Acute Phase
(Protection Phase)
1 – 4 days R.I.C.E. (Rest, Elevation, Ice, Compression)
Subacute Phase (Controlled Motion Phase)5- 21 daysGentle range of motion, light stretching, and very light strengthening
Chronic Phase
(Return to Function Phase)
21+ daysIncreased focus on strengthening, end range of motion, and progressing through return to activities/sports

Note: The severity of the ankle sprain and specific ligaments that are affected may alter the treatment process. Consult with your physician or physical therapist to develop the perfect plan to advance safely and effectively through your rehabilitation. 

Playing Golf- Improper Form Leading to Injury

Golf is a strenuous sport on numerous joints throughout the body. This is due to the high impact on the ball, the quick acceleration/deceleration forces associated with swing, the pivot forces on your legs, and the rotational forces on your cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine.

Factors that can contribute to golf swing injuries:
• Overuse and over practice
• Poor swing mechanics
• Over swinging
• Improper warm up
• Rotational stresses associated with swing
• Improper set up/grip/club length
• Poor posture

If you continue to have pain while playing golf or are unable to play due to pain, please contact Harbor Physical Therapy for an evaluation. HPT will determine the cause of your discomfort and educate you on how to prevent a re occurrence.