Treatment for Minor Ankle Sprains
Minor sprains typically involve a quick recovery and simple treatment. The RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) can help reduce swelling and pain during healing.
Treatment for Major Ankle Injuries
More severe ankle injuries, such as partial or full lateral ligament tears, require a longer recovery and may have complications. In these cases, consulting with a healthcare professional to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan is crucial.
Arthroscopic All-Inside Repair with Internal Brace: Dr Ken Jin utlizes the most modern techniques, this minimally invasive procedure reconstructs, or repairs damaged ligaments using small incisions and specialized instruments. In addition, an internal brace provides additional support and stability, allowing for the fastest rehabilitation and return to sports and function.
In some cases, ankle injuries may result in damage to the cartilage within the joint, affecting its function and stability. Cartilage repair may be necessary to restore joint function and alleviate pain. Procedures such as microfracture, autologous chondrocyte implantation, or osteochondral grafting can help address cartilage damage and promote healing.
Autogenous Cartilage Transplantation (Autocart): Dr Ken Jin utilizes the latest one-stage technique to repair cartilage defects and ankle and knee injuries. This advanced procedure involves harvesting healthy cartilage tissue from the patient and transplanting it directly to the damaged area, offering a more streamlined approach compared to traditional methods.
Arthroscopic Ligament Surgery
For patients experiencing persistent pain or ligament instability following an ankle injury, arthroscopic ligament surgery can be a long-lasting solution. This minimally invasive technique reconstructs or repairs the damaged ligaments using a keyhole procedure. Dr Tan Ken Jin has been utilizing this technique since 2013 with excellent results.
The primary focus of rehabilitation is to restore balance, strength, and range of motion in the affected ankle. Monitoring the recovery progress is essential to ensure proper healing. If pain or instability persists after an adequate recovery period (e.g., three months), chronic ankle dysfunction may have occurred, warranting further investigation and treatment.
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