Healing a Sprained Ankle with Acupuncture

Healing a Sprained Ankle with Acupuncture

A sprained ankle is an injury that occurs as a result of the ankle being turned, twisted or rolled in an unnatural way that defies its normal range of movement. While many such ankle injuries are incurred from sports or exercise, many people can sustain a sprained ankle simply from stepping off of a curb the wrong way or tripping over an unanticipated object. However it happens, a sprained ankle can make it very difficult to get around and participate in the activities of daily living. Common treatments include:

  • Rest
  • Elevating the affected foot
  • Ice compresses to reduce swelling

However, if the injury is severe or taking to heal, other methods of rehabilitation should be considered, such as acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture for a Sprained Ankle

Many athletes or other individuals who have experienced repetitive stress upon a previously sprained ankle complain of lingering symptoms, such as:

  • Chronic pain
  • Stiffness
  • Weakness
  • Reduced range of movement
  • Inadequate flexibility

Acupuncture for a sprained ankle has been shown to be not only effective, but also extraordinarily helpful for people suffering from this ailment. Many people who have never experienced this form of treatment may be curious about the process behind it.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture for sprained ankle is based upon the wisdom of ancient Chinese medicine that dates back centuries from modern times. Science has confirmed that this form of treatment does indeed provide relief and treatment for many conditions, so choosing acupuncture for a sprained ankle is a smart choice. It works by using the insertion of hair-thin needles into heal injured tissues.

Acupuncture Treatment – Relieving Pain and Healing Injuries

Some patients have reported regaining full functionality of their injured foot within mere hours of undergoing acupuncture for a sprained ankle. One of the greatest things about acupuncture is that there are no associated adverse side effects, so you can receive treatment in total harmony with any other medical practices from which you also benefit. No matter how severe of a sprained ankle you may be experiencing, acupuncture offers a chance for pain relief and recovery.


In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)


Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)


Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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