Patients seeking out osteopathic help very often come from the realms of athletes and those in search of more alternative means of bodily care. This makes ankle problems one of the most commonly reported problems.
There are several reasons why you may notice problems with your ankle. Assuming that it is not a break but instead simply a sprain or a dislocation, our doctor of osteopathy (D.O.) is able to not only make a diagnosis but also ease your suffering.
1. Whatever problem the ankles may have presented to you will most likely result in a problem with the ligaments that may also affect the operations of your nervous system. The sooner you seek out the help of your D.O., the more likely you are to minimize the damage done to your body.
2. Your D.O. will most likely begin by ordering an immediate set of x-rays to differentiate a sprain from a dislocation or an actual fracture. At times the fracture may only be partial, and then treatment will have to follow along different parameters than it would if there was a clean break.
3. If your ankle is dislocated, your D.O. will most likely seek to reset it, marking its position to the tibia. Although with a healing touch your practitioner can discern a lot about the actual extend of the dislocation, your practitioner will also rely on the x-ray in an effort to apply the force directly opposite the dislocation. Aiming at making only one move, your osteopathic expert knows ahead of time that there are several different kinds of dislocations and it is crucial to know at the onset the kind she or he is dealing with.
4. After the ankle is reset (if dislocated) or if a fracture is ruled out, the D.O. is going to seek to reduce the swelling that is most likely taking place at this time. Heat pads as well as cold packs will be applied judiciously in an attempt to reduce the swelling and the irritation to the surrounding tissues.
As you can see, your osteopathic health care provider is well versed in providing the help you need when taking care of your ankle. At the same time, she or he is going to pay a lot of attention to the other problems your body might be experiencing.
It is a little known fact that a body may experience a form of systemic shock when even only one portion is injured. While it is not completely possible to avoid this from occurring, there are steps which may be taken to lessen the systemic consequences of the injury.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Ensure proper intake of fluids and also electrolytes.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Prevent dehydration due to sudden vomiting.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Engage in musculoskeletal manipulation to remove the strain from the spine and also relax the muscles that might have tightened in a fight or flight posture but have failed to relax. This is sending chemicals coursing through the body which adversely affect the bodys ability to relax and actually heal itself.