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The effect of early physiotherapy after an acute ankle sprain
Department of Physiotherapy, Ryhov County Hospital, Jönköping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3403-229X
Department of Physiotherapy, Ryhov County Hospital, Jönköping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3811-7381
Futurum – The Academy of Healthcare, County Council Jönköping, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Advances in Physiotherapy, ISSN 1403-8196, E-ISSN 1651-1948, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 65-73Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries treated in emergency departments (ED). In clinical practice, these injuries are expected to heal by themselves, often without any treatment other than short information about the RICE regime (rest, ice, compression and elevation). Still, remaining symptoms are reported to occur in 30% of the cases. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of early physiotherapy intervention after an acute ankle sprain. Sixty-five patients were recruited from the ED at a general hospital in Sweden (mean age 35 years; 30 women), and allocated into an intervention group with early physiotherapy or a control group. Both groups were evaluated 6 weeks and 3 months after their injury. As primary outcome, the disease-specific Foot and Ankle Outcome Score (FAOS) was used. The patients also rated their physical activity ability and how satisfied they were with their ankle on a visual analogue scale (VAS). The intervention group made significant improvements compared with the control group at both evaluations measured with FAOS and the VAS questions. These findings indicate that early physiotherapy intervention has a positive effect on patient-focused foot and ankle function after an acute ankle sprain. © 2010 Informa UK Ltd.

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Taylor & Francis, 2010. Vol. 12, no 2, p. 65-73
Keywords [en]
FAOS, Outcome, Rehabilitation, Self-care, acute disease, adult, aged, ankle sprain, article, controlled study, early intervention, emergency ward, female, human, joint function, major clinical study, male, outcome assessment, physical activity, physiotherapy, therapy effect
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-152672DOI: 10.3109/14038190903174262Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77953218583OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-152672DiVA, id: diva2:1262749
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Cited By :5; Export Date: 12 November 2018; Article; CODEN: APDHA; Correspondence Address: Hultman, K.; Department of Physiotherapy, Ryhov County Hospital, S-551 85 Jönköping, Sweden; email: kristin.hultman@lj.se

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