Ankle sprains, perhaps the most common injury in amateur and
professional athletes, account for up to 10% of sports-related
A recent study, published in the Journal of Manipulative
and Physiological Therapeutics, was conducted to determine
the value of chiropractic care in the treatment of ankle injuries.
Thirty individuals participated in the study, with 15 participants
receiving five minutes of chiropractic manipulation (a specific
adjustment) two times a week, and the remaining 15 patients
receiving a placebo in the form of a sham ultrasound treatment.
Patients were evaluated at the first treatment, at the final
treatment, and at a one-month follow-up exam. Each participant
received a maximum of eight treatment sessions spread over
Results: Although both groups showed improvement,
notable differences were observed in favor of the adjustment
group with respect to reduction in pain, increased ankle range
of motion, and ankle function.
For more information concerning sport-related health issues,
talk to your doctor, or visit http://www.chiroweb.com/tyh/sports.html.
Pellow J, Brantingham J. The efficacy of adjusting the ankle
in the treatment of subacute and chronic grade I and grade
II ankle inversion sprains. Journal of Manipulative and
Physiological Therapeutics 2001:24(1), pp. 17-24.