Lateral ankle sprain is a common ankle injury.61 Quick changes of directions and repeated stopping and starting motions are often the cause of this traumatic injury.
Dry needling acupuncture is very effective in reducing ankle swelling, pain, and inflammation. The treatment should be provided immediately after the injury. The location of the tender areas on both lateral and medial ankle ligaments should be treated once a day until swelling completely disappears and then twice a week. As with wrist injuries, relief of pain in ankle injuries can be achieved with a few treatments, but this is just a part of the healing; complete functional recovery requires more time. De-stressing treatment should be provided once a week.
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