by Teresa Fox - Registered Physiotherapist FCAMPT
I know a lot if you were cheering on Team Canada at the recent World Junior Championships and in our house there was a collective gasp as our Guelph Storm representative Robby Fabbri went down and was helped off the ice. Tests later confirmed that Fabbri had suffered a high ankle sprain….so what is that exactly you might ask.
A high ankle sprain involves tearing of the connective tissue that connects the two lower leg bones, the tibia (shin bone) and fibula. But that’s not all that’s involved. There are also several very strong ligaments around the ankle. Ligaments run from bone to bone and protect the joint from moving too much. With so much support between bones and around the ankle there needs to be a lot of force to tear them. Common mechanisms of injury include a player colliding with another player, being hit with great speed and force, or twisting/pivoting suddenly on a planted foot. The result is an unstable ankle…the exact opposite of what a hockey player needs!
These high ankle sprains can be very debilitating. Your physiotherapist at South City Physiotherapy has the knowledge and skills to get athletes back into full participation. After a thorough assessment your physiotherapist will discuss a treatment plan with you to help you achieve your goal as well as reassessments during your course of treatment.
Treatment may include: taping/bracing or a removable cast like Fabbri’s; modalities such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, acupuncture; manual therapy; balance retraining exercises; strengthening exercises; functional training exercises; and finally advanced sport specific training exercises.
I’m guessing that Fabbri’s goal is to be back on the ice full steam before the end of the regular season and ready for the OHL playoff’s!
South City Physiotherapy offers 8 week extensive exercise programs – specifically designed to improve bone density and reduce the risk of injury caused by osteoporosis.
Our osteoporosis classes follow the MelioGuide Exercise for Better Bones Program – an exercise program specifically designed for people with osteoporosis. This program provides a safe and effective means to strengthen bone, reduce fracture risk and build confidence.
The MelioGuide Exercise for Better Bones Program is based on the latest research on the effects of exercise and bone health, and incorporates all of the major areas important to building stronger bones and reducing fracture risk.
Afternoon Classes: Fridays 1:00— 2:00 p.m.
These workouts are designed to improve your core strength, stability, muscle tone and endurence. If you’ve recovered from a low back injury, are looking to improve your core power, or want to enhance your workout regime, these classes are for you!
Our small class sizes allow for optimal individual focus and guidance from an experienced Certified Personal Trainier and Physiotherapy Assistant.
Please go to the Guelph Mercury website, and vote for South City Physiotherapy as your favourite “Physiotherapy Clinic”!
Just go to the Mercury’s website www.guelphmercury.com … and click on the banner exactly like the one below!
(it’s on the home page near the top)
The “Physiotherapy Clinic” category, is #188 – found on the 7th page.