BUFFALO, N.Y. – When you sprain your ankle, the effects may last longer than you think. Sure, you limp around for a few days but your sprain eventually goes away, right? Wrong, according to a barrage of studies conducted at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Researchers discovered that a sprained ankle can affect a person for years and it may even change your lifestyle. In one of the studies, results showed that students with chronic ankle instability walked about 2,000 fewer steps each day.
At Cellino & Barnes, Buffalo personal injury lawyers focus on injuries, including “minor” ones like sprained ankles. One attorney says there’s no such thing as a minor injury anymore.
“If you felt dizzy after a car accident, doctors used to tell you to walk it off for a few days and get some fresh air around Buffalo,” personal injury attorney Ross Cellino said. “That rarely happens today because we’re learning how injuries like concussions and sprains can linger for years after an accident.”
Researchers at UNC-Charlotte are concerned about the lack of physical activity. Fewer steps could pose a substantial health risk.
Another study tested mice under similar conditions and found that about 70 percent of the injured mice developed chronic ankle instability after just one injury.
In both cases, researchers say surgery could correct the issue.
“Many doctors may recommend surgery after an accident but that can be costly,” Cellino said. “Our attorneys understand the costs involved with these injuries and we fight for our clients to get these treatments paid for so they can continue living their lives.”
Don’t ignore a sprain, the research concluded. Attorneys agree. If you injured your ankle or other part of your body in an accident, there could be lasting damage – even if you think the injury is minor. Consult with a physician and at Cellino & Barnes, legal consultations are free. Although your injury seems minor, you may find out it’s a big issue; an issue that can be costly without the proper legal advice.