Comparison of Three Treatment Procedures for Minimizing Ankle Sprain Swelling

3207185886_2042c45492_commercial_A6U571N_espejoComparison of Three Treatment Procedures for Minimizing Angle Sprain Swelling

The purpose of the study is to compare the effects of cold, heat, and contrast bath treatments on sprained ankles during the post-acute phase of rehabilitation.

JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION

Vol. 68, No. 7, July 1988, p.p. 1072-1076

Debra J. Cote, William E. Prentice, Jr., Daniel H. Hooker, and Edgar W. Shields

The study concluded that cold therapy is the most appropriate of the three treatments (cold, heat, and contrast baths) if the therapeutic objective is to minimize edema before rehabilitative exercise during the third, fourth, and fifth days post-injury for first – and second-degree ankle sprains.

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Jill Lohmann is a Director of Operations for Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers and a certified physical therapist. Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers is a physical therapist owned and operated rehabilitation company with a network of 170 outpatient rehabilitation centers located throughout the Midwest, Arizona and Georgia.

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