Weโ€™ve all been there before, rehab is going really well for your patient and every session builds off the previous, youโ€™re happy and your patient is happy! You find yourself progressing every single movement and increasing the challenge because your rationale is the patient is getting better so why not push the limits? Next thing you know reality checks in and your patient has experienced a setback with increased pain, decreased load tolerance, and reports of stiffness with greater ranges of motion.โ€œI think we overdid it docโ€ฆI guess my ankle isnโ€™t ready stillโ€ What went wrong?! How are you even supposed to know that could happen? Was it the exercise, was it too much too soon, what did my patient do that theyโ€™re not telling me!? Let's take you through a systematic approach for lateral ankle sprain rehab.

Ankle sprains are the most common injury in sports and physical activity, estimating to be about 25% of all injuries across sports. Of all ankle injuries, 85% involve the lateral ankle ligaments. There is strong evidence suggesting you increase the risk of re-spraining your ankle two-fold within the first year of spraining your ankle. Every year in the US, lateral ankle sprain affects 2.15 of every 1,000 people which results in $2 billion of healthcare costs (1). All these costs are primarily from non-invasive treatment. We know that athletes today benefit from the best available rehab techniques and here is a statistic that proves my point: in the NBA there are approximately 100 ankle sprains per season, and in the last 11 years there have only been 4 that require surgical intervention. With the high incidence of ankle sprains and the associated economic burden and negative chronic consequences, this calls for better preventative measures. In this article, you will learn the best ankle sprain prevention exercises and how you can incorporate prehab in efforts to reduce the risk of ankle injuries!