Ankle manual therapy for individuals with post-acute ankle sprains: description of a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
BACKGROUND: Ankle sprains are common within the general population and can result in prolonged disablement. Limited talocrural dorsiflexion range of motion (DF ROM) is a common consequence of ankle sprain. Limited talocrural DF ROM may contribute to persistent symptoms, disability, and an elevated risk for re-injury. As a result, many health care practitioners use hands-on passive procedures with the intention of improving talocrural joint DF ROM in individuals following ankle sprains. Dosage of passive hands-on procedures involves a continuum of treatment speeds. Recent evidence suggests both slow- and fast-speed treatments may be effective to address disablement following ankle sprains. However, these interventions have yet to be longitudinally compared against a placebo study condition.
METHODS/DESIGN: We developed a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial designed to test the hypotheses that hands-on treatment procedures administered to individuals following ankle sprains during the post-acute injury period can improve short-, intermediate-, and long-term disablement, as well as reduce the risk for re-injury.
DISCUSSION: This study is designed to measure the clinical effects of hands-on passive stretching treatment procedures directed to the talocrural joint that vary in treatment speed during the post-acute injury period, compared to hands-on placebo control intervention.
Davenport, Todd E.; Kulig, Kornelia; and Fisher, Beth E., "Ankle manual therapy for individuals with post-acute ankle sprains: description of a randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial" (2010). School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Faculty Articles. 99.