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June 2014 Sports Injury, Ankle Sprain, Voltaren Novartis Celebrating 40years at JW Marriott Marquis

Dr. William Murrell invited to talk about Ankle Sprain at the Voltaren’s 40th year celebration presented by Novartis. The event hosted by MBC was held at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, UAE. Other distinguished speakers invited for the event was Dr. Vishwas Chhabra, and Dr. Humeira Badsha consultant rheumatologist at Dr. Humeira Badsha Medical Center.

Ankle Sprain

Ankle sprains are very common among soccer, hockey, basketball, and volleyball players. They are almost inevitable in sports that involve jumping, running and turning quickly; these movements can lead to twisting the ankle and even possibly tearing a tendon or ligament. An X-ray can rule out the possibility of a fracture or dislocation of joint.

Prevention: Strengthening your ankles by doing exercises such as ankle lifts on stairs, as well as taping the ankle or wearing a lace-up brace can help, but these measures in no way guarantee that you won’t be injured if you fall hard or make a false movement.

Rehab Tips The RICE method – rest, ice, compression and elevation – to effectively deal with ankle sprains. Once pain reduces, start back riding on a stationery bike, then move on to static balancing exercises while also strengthening the quads, hamstrings and glutes to increase ankle stability. Light plyometrics are helpful before making a return to regular activity. Returning to your regular routine early from an ankle sprain just puts you at greater risk of suffering from another one, which could be even more painful and damaging to your ankle ligaments.

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