The Impact of Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy on Chronic Recurrent Lateral Ankle Sprain Syndrome in Two Young Athletes
A ChiroSecure Research Update
Abstract: To describe two cases of abrupt resolution of chronic, recurrent, inversion sprain to ankles in young recreational athletes.
Discussion: A 13-year-old, female, avid recreational soccer player with ankles that would spontaneously invert during various inconsistent points in the weight-bearing gait cycle, sometimes with acute pain or sprain to the ankle. No intervention was attempted prior to her entry to the chiropractic office. A 17-year-old male avid skateboarder and snowboarder whose left ankle routinely “gave out” into inversion upon mundane weight-bearing activity, usually with pain and with dependence on wearing an ankle support when skateboarding to lessen ankle pain. The patient had used an ankle support prior to seeking chiropractic care.
High velocity, low amplitude chiropractic manipulative therapy applied to the spine, pelvis and extremity joints was the primary intervention in both cases, with particular focus on the ankle.
Other procedures used included taping and orthotics, but not before the manipulation effect was noted.
Conclusion: High velocity, low amplitude chiropractic manipulative therapy to the spine, pelvis, and extremities, particularly at the ankle, should be considered when managing young recreational athletes with functional chronic, recurrent, ankle inversion sprains.
Reference: Gillman SF. The impact of chiropractic manipulative therapy on chronic recurrent lateral ankle sprain syndrome in two young athletes. J Chiropr Med. 2004 Autumn;3(4):153-9. doi: 10.1016/S0899-3467(07)60103-7. PMID: 19674638; PMCID: PMC2647025. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2647025/