Physical Therapy for Ankle Injuries: Get Back On the Court!

Although ankle injuries can happen to anyone, basketball players are at a particularly high risk due to the physical demands of their sport. The most common ankle injury is the sprain, but due to a variety of factors (including many athletes continuing to push themselves), that sprain can become a tear in no time. This article will focus on helping basketball players understand their bodies so they can avoid turning a simple sprain into something much worse!

Listen to Your Body

Incredibly, 40% of all basketball related injuries are ankle injuries, making basketball players the highest risk group for ankle problems. If you think you sprained your ankle, there’s a few symptoms to look for, including: mild pain, bruising, tenderness, decreased range of motion, and difficulty walking. If it’s a sprain, begin a program of ice and rest right away. If you push yourself, you could end up tearing the sprained ligament, meaning that you’ll miss the whole season instead of just a few games!

Physical Therapy is Important

Once you’ve determined that you’ve sprained your ankle, it’s time to get it fixed- and the best way to do that is by contacting a physical therapist. Although physical therapy techniques differ from provider to provider, a typical course of treatment includes Closed Chain Ankle Dorsiflexion, use of a foam roller, and side-lying hip abductions. It typically takes about 4-6 weeks to recover from an ankle sprain, and once you’re healed up, your physical therapist can also teach you some exercises that can help you prevent future ankle sprains.

If you’re a basketball player and you think you’ve sprained your ankle, do not try to push yourself. Instead, contact Baxter and Walsh Physical Therapy. We are Long Island physical therapists who are regarded for our caring and professional manner. In addition, we work with athletes of all kinds to help them lose the pain and get back in the game. Contact us at 516-826-0116 (Wantagh) or 631-206-2989 (Bay Shore) to start yourself on the road to recovery!