What are the treatment options for ankle sprains?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Craig C Young, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Pain reduction is essential, but improvement of any loss of motion, strength, and/or proprioception is equally important. [10, 11, 12] Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (ie, RICE) are the mainstays of acute treatment; more comprehensively, the combination of protection, relative rest, ice, compression, elevation, and support (PRICES) is used. [1] (See Treatment.)

Physical therapy during the recovery phase is aimed at the patient regaining full range of motion (ROM), strength, and proprioceptive abilities.

For recurrent lateral ankle sprains, treatment should begin with a trial of conservative therapy for approximately 2-3 months. The recurrence rate for lateral ankle sprains has been reported to be as high as 80%. [13, 14]

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