Physical Therapy in Newark, NJ
An ankle sprain is the most common lower-body injury that involves a stretch or tear of ligaments. They often result from sports injuries and can vary in severity. At Pro Staff Physical Therapy, we are experts in managing sports-related injuries. We strive to help the surrounding Newark, New Jersey, community stay active and return to their favorite activities as quickly and safely as possible.
Ankle sprains must be treated correctly to ensure the ligaments are stable and strong. If you have had an ankle sprain or are looking to improve your ankle stability, the physical therapists at Pro Staff are the team to choose. We will work with you to ensure you can return to your activities safely and have all the skills to prevent future damage to your ankles.
What Causes Ankle Sprains?
Ankle sprains are typically caused by excessive motion or impact to the ankle joint from any direction. When the ligaments that help keep your ankle stable are overstretched or torn, you will likely experience pain, swelling, and stiffness.
If you have had an ankle sprain in the past, there is a much higher chance of it happening again. Even when the initial injury has healed, strengthening the muscles around the ankle is essential to protect the ligaments from further damage.
The physical therapists at Pro Staff are highly skilled at treating your specific needs. Whether you are a high-performing basketball player or a recreational runner, we can help you get back to feeling stronger than before.
Common Symptoms of Neck Pain
- Pain, swelling, and bruising around the injured ligaments
- Difficulty walking or standing due to pain
- Decreased balance and instability through the ankle
- Reduced mobility in most directions of the ankle
- Decreased strength and power with quick movements involving the ankle
How Ankle Sprain is Treated
Ankle Sprains are first treated by reducing the swelling and allowing the ligaments to heal. This can be improved through manual therapy, compression, and other treatments provided by your physical therapist. Once the initial healing has occurred, it will be essential to regain your ankle mobility and strength. This will involve specific exercises designed to challenge your ankle muscles. Your physical therapist will also help you practice specific skills related to your movement needs and goals, including sport-specific balance and power exercises to ensure that your ankle is fully healed.
How long will it take for me to get better?
Your recovery time will vary based on how severe the sprain was and your history of ankle sprains. Depending on your specific injury, this may take a few weeks to months. Our team will evaluate your ankle and help determine appropriate goals for healing.
Get Started Today
The Pro Staff Physical Therapy team is dedicated to keeping the Newark, NJ, community healthy. We hope to help you on your journey back to movement. If you live in Newark and need help recovering from an ankle sprain, contact our office at 551-580-7881 to schedule an appointment today.