Ankle Injuries and OSR’s Phases of Care

The ankle is one of the most common injured body parts due to the fact that it is used in nearly every activity that you do on a day to day basis, whether it is exercise or not. Here at OSR we are able to diagnose your problem and set a plan of action in order to heal it. We have a process which we call our Phases of Care here at OSR, and with our professional Integrated Health Center team we will be able to get you back to health in no time.

The first phase of our Phases of Care here at Oahu Spine and Rehab is Pain Relief. This phase is self-explanatory and the initial contact that you will have with our integrated medical team. This is where we will work together in order to get your pain to stop as quickly as possible! Our team will focus on your symptoms and what needs to be repaired in your ankle.

The second phase of care is corrective care. This is where you make sure that you are going to have restored function once you have fully recovered. One of the most important things to work on when you injure your ankle is to get your range of motion back to assure that you’re not at risk for more injuries. This is done best by working on resistance training with your physical therapists here at OSR. It’s important that you are doing exercises correctly which is why our team will give you the correct information you need in order to work on your injury at home.

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The third phase here at OSR is strengthening which is the phase where we work on your injury in order to build up the strength of the area so that you can prevent further injury. If you don’t properly treat your ankle injury there is a possibility for chronic pain, arthritis or just instability in your ankle. Our athletic trainers here in Kailua can help you work on the strength of your tendons and ligaments, as well as your muscles. It’s important to make sure that all the ligaments in your ankle are healed before you continue with strenuous exercises. This phase is where we make sure that your ankle is feeling back to 100%.

During the healing period, therapy interventions and exercise will improve joint range of motion, muscle length and nerve function. Weight-bearing and resistance loaded exercises will strengthen your foot, ankle and calf muscles. And to prevent reinjury, we will assess your balance andproprioception (the sense of knowing where your body is in space) and retrain you to manage both by using a balance or wobble board.

The last phase that we have here at Oahu Spine & Rehab is our maintenance care. This is the phase after your injury has completely healed. The point of maintenance is so that you can go on to use your ankle for sports like tennis and basketball, while still being pain free. Although the original injury will be gone, this phase is more of a preventative phase so that you can keep your body happy and healthy.

Whether it is your ankle or any other injury you are suffering from, OSR’s Phases of Care are the best way to heal and repair your body. Let our team help you and call to make an appointment today 808-488-5555!

Resources:

https://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/how-to/foot-injury/Pages/How-to-Ankle-Sprain-Strengthening-Exercises.aspx

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