Setting expectations for sprained ankle recovery time

Expectations for Sprained Ankle Recovery Time

The exact recovery time for a sprained ankle varies from patient to patient and depends on a number of important factors. These include the severity of the sprain, the treatment being sought out and the overall health of the patient. This is why recovery times vary so widely, with minor sprains often improving in two to four weeks and the most serious ankle sprains needing up to six months or even longer before being able to return to action. 

Sprained ankles very often develop in athletes and people who are otherwise active, so it’s understandable that recovery time is a common concern. However, it is extremely important to be patient and never rush back into any activity as this can potentially worsen the ankle sprain and prolong the recovery time. 

Treatment options for a sprained ankle 

For patients looking to have the speediest sprained ankle recovery time, following a physical therapy program can often help. A qualified therapist can help you develop a personalized plan that promotes the body’s natural healing process and helps you learn ways to prevent future injuries from developing. 

We’re sharing the following guide to help you become better educated about your treatment options. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to get in touch with us.  

How physical therapy can help reduce sprained ankle recovery time

Physical therapy uses the body itself as the primary method of treatment. Instead of masking symptoms, a physical therapist can address the sources of injuries like a sprained ankle in an attempt to reduce pain, improve functioning and help along the healing process. 

This can be accomplished in the following ways: 

  • Manual therapy to relax and loosen soft tissue and mobilize the ankle
  • Therapeutic exercise to better support the ankle 
  • Posture, balance and stability training to reduce stressful movements on the ankle

Panther Physical Therapy can help you recover from a sprained ankle

When receiving physical therapy, the personal relationship between you and your therapist can be just as important as their experience and credentials. At Panther Physical Therapy, we offer our patients both in the form of highly trained and highly compassionate clinicians that will give you the one-on-one care you need to find relief and get back to action. 

Contact us today to find out more about our treatment options and schedule your initial appointment.