Ankle sprains! They seem so innocuous sometimes, but can cause long-lasting problems if not treated appropriately. Even if the swelling and pain isn’t bad, altered motor control and compensatory patterns can occur that don’t return to normal even long after the bruising has disappeared and you’ve regained full range of motion. Really, it’s not something you want to leave untreated only to have it cause more problems later. Lucky for you – you know me – and we can do so much more than ice (side note, please please please stop icing everything) and not only decrease pain and swelling, but help get back your range of motion, stability and motor control. And as it happens ankle sprains are one of my very favorite things to treat! This is because acupuncture works SO WELL – for both acute and chronic ankle sprains.
From the linked study:
“Of the 126 cases, 98 cases (77.78%) were completely cured, 17cases (13.49%) showed a marked effect, 8cases ( 6.35%) showed a moderate effect, and there was no effect in 3cases 2.38%. The total effective rate was 97.62%. Of the 98 cases that recovered completely, the least number of treatments is 1 and the most is 7, the average is 4 treatments.”
All this is to say, acupuncture is pretty effective in the treatment of ankle sprains. Remember this next time you or someone you know rolls an ankle - come in and let me help!