Rehabilitation of the Ankle After Acute Sprain or Chronic Instability

Rehabilitation of athletic injuries requires the prescription of sport-specific exercise and activities that challenge the recovering tendons, ligaments, bones, and muscle fibers without overstressing them. The goal of rehabilitation is to return an athlete to the same or higher level of competition as before the injury. Rehabilitation must take into consideration normal tissue size, flexibility, muscular strength, power, and endurance. Control of swelling and effusion must be accomplished with frequent application of external pressure, modalities such as cryotherapy, and active range of motion (ROM). The effectiveness of the rehabilitation program…

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