Just sprained my ankle: should I get it an X-ray or not?

Basketball season is upon us and one of the most common injuries suffered during games and practice is the ankle sprain.  Most sprains are inversion sprains due to the bony structure of the ankle having more protection on the lateral part of the ankle.  As a Physical Therapist,  the question I get asked the most is “should I go and get an x-ray to make sure there isn’t a fracture?”

Only about 15% of all ankle sprains result in a fracture, so the chances are pretty low of a break. However, there are a few quick things you can check to see of you should go to the E.R. for a further look. Check out the video below and let me know if you have any questions,

Thanks,

Ed Deboo, Physical Therapist, Bellingham, WA

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