An 'ankle sprain,' which is often an injury to the Anterior Talofibular Ligament (ATFL), is one of the most commonly treated injuries in Orthopedic physical therapy clinics. Following an acute ankle sprain, patients often present with pain, swelling, decreased strength, decreased range of motion, poor neuromuscular control, and joint mobility deficits. From a purely biomechanical approach, manipulating a region that is hypermobilie is not indicated. However, improving the joint mobility is a necessary component of the treatment plan to restore function.
Joint manipulations are high velocity, low amplitude techniques directed at the joint
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