Lateral ankle sprains are among the most common musculoskeletal injury documented with a further number going on to develop CAI and its preordained symptomology. Residual deficits in variables such as proprioception, ROM and strength are often a focus of treatment. However, it has been postulated that a sub-set of persistent symptoms are due to ongoing pathology to adjacent neural structures. The current research investigates the impact manual therapy techniques have when directed toward said neural structures and the overall outcome on current accepted rehabilitation practices.
A single blinded experimental design was used where clients were randomly assigned to either the control (exercise therapy) or experimental group (manual therapy/exercise). Treatments occurred over 4 weeks with testing occurring pre and post treatment and at 4-week follow-up.