This project consists of a series of longitudinal studies investigating the impact of pain on development of chronic ankle instability after an index (first) ankle sprain.
The high prevalence of recurrent sprains and residual symptoms following ankle sprain is a significant health issue resulting in high financial burdens on the society. These residual symptoms include pain, swelling, episodes of "giving way", feeling of instability, and mechanical joint laxity. Development of one or more of these symptoms after acute ankle sprain is referred to as chronic ankle instability (CAI). Recent studies have found pain and weakness to be the main complaints of participants with CAI. Pain was reported by 73% of individuals with CAI; 52% of these reported having pain with a duration of more than 10 years. However, no study to date, has investigated whether pain after an index ankle sprain is a contributing factor to development of secondary impairments and consequently, CAI. The aim of these series of projects is to investigate the physiological, psychological, and neuromuscular impacts of pain after and index ankle sprain on development of CAI.
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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2377