Therapeutic interventions for chronic ankle instability

Which treatment modalities are recommended?

Lateral ankle sprains are the most prevalent musculoskeletal injury of the lower limb in physical active individuals. A large proportion of individuals with a previous experienced ankle injury history will experience persistent pain, swelling, and develop what is commonly referred as chronic ankle instability (CAI). Individuals with a CAI experience greater self-reported functional limitations. Although the international ankle consortium advocated the evaluation of effectiveness of therapies, the results are inconsistent. Thus, a systematic review was needed that identified the most effective therapeutic interventions for improving self-reported function.

In summary, progressive balance training was the most consistent form of therapeutic intervention and thus, clinicians should implement a progressive balance training programme that challenges continuously the sensorimotor system by increasing the difficulty of the task or by changing the task-environment.

> From: Kosik et al., Br J Sports Med 51 (2017-01-26 08:18:29) 105-112 . All rights reserved to BMJ Publishig Group Ltd. Click here for the online summary.

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