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Physiotherapy plan does not benefit simple ankle sprains, study finds

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6159 (Published 17 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6159
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

A programme of physiotherapy provides no more clinically important benefits for patients with simple ankle sprains than basic self management at home, a study published by The BMJ has shown.1

In a large randomised controlled trial to evaluate the benefits of physiotherapy for ankle sprains, researchers randomly assigned 503 patients aged 16-79, presenting from 2009 to 2013 with mild or moderate ankle sprain injuries at two hospitals in Kingston, Canada, to a control group receiving usual care or to …

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