[Functional stabilization versus orthopedic immobility in grade-I-II (mild) ankle sprain]

Aten Primaria. 1999 Apr 30;23(7):425-8.
[Article in Spanish]


Objective: To proof that functional treatment is better than the orthopedic one in the slight ankle sprain.

Design: Clinical trial.

Setting: A primary care center, a outpatient clinic and a teaching hospital in Malaga.

Patients: 80 patients treated in emergence room for ankle ligament injuries. They were systematically sampled, 40 in each group of treatment.

Interventions: Functional stabilization or elastic adhesive bandaging during 7 days without support. Immobilization after the acute phase permitting then the support. Orthopedic stabilization or subsequent ferule during 21 days, followed by ankle rehabilitation.

Measurements and main results: We compared the healing time, treatment acceptance, absent of work time and need of rehabilitation in both groups. Functional stability is more effective than the orthopedic one: 1.39 times better in terms of curing, 7 times in terms of personal hygiene, 4.25 times in terms of need of rest, 5.5 times better in terms of need of rehabilitation.

Conclusions: We confirm the initial hypothesis of the advantage of the functional treatment.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Ankle Injuries / therapy*
  • Bandages
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immobilization*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Selection
  • Splints
  • Sprains and Strains / therapy*