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Why me? Why now?” we ask ourselves when the next ankle sprain wrecks our lives for another 6-8 weeks. The most prevalent type of injury follows with shocks of pain; swelling proceeds immediately as a means of internal immobilization with accompanying constriction. Soon white blood cells flock to the site to attempt to repair the damage. They do eat up a lot of the torn, damaged cells but then they get filled up and need be eliminated. However with constriction, that isn’t possible. A fat and laud guest-edema- sets herself in.

Sprain Anatomy

An ankle sprain is an injury to one or more of the ligaments in the ankle. Ligaments are fibrous bands. They hold together the bones of the ankle and are prone to injury during strenuous movement and repetitive activity. There are two categories of ankle ligaments: those on the outer and those on the inner surfaces of the ankle. The most common sites of injury are in the outer–or “lateral”–ankle ligaments. Experts say that 80% of sprain results from an ankle inversion, an inward rolling while running, pivoting and landing a jump. Some 40% of injuries are misdiagnosed or not treated properly. And with each repeated injury and additional poor treatment, the prospects for another sprain become greater and the micro and macro injuries to the ligaments become more pronounced. So what you do from the start after the sprain is going to determine your sports future.

Light therapy increases
1) Circulation through formation of new capillaries
2) Production of collagen (for repairing damaged tissue and preventing premature skin aging)
3) Production of ATP
4) RNA and DNA synthesis

Light therapy devices can have as many as seven or more frequencies of infrared and visible light with different settings designed to target specific health conditions such as inflammation, wounds, muscle pains, chronic pain syndrome, stress, soft tissue injuries, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, sinus problems, headaches and scars.

For the athlete who is training and nursing injuries, whether they are twenty or forty or older, having their own unit makes sense. It can be used regularly—many athletes use after training or nightly—for pain relief and tissue rebuilding. Going to a therapist daily would be cost prohibitive. Because LLLT also has effects on mood, you may find yourself more relaxed and sleeping better after using it.

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Rice

Initial treatment includes four common concepts referred to as RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation). Relative rest or discontinuation of athletics is often necessary.

• Ice bags should be applied at 20-minute intervals 3x per day for at least 72 hours post injury.
• Compression, or wrapping the injured or sore area with an elastic bandage (such as an Ace wrap), will help decrease swelling.
• Elevation also decreases swelling.

Rice Plus

The problem with RICE alone is that it is only an immediate approach. The athlete is going to rehab for another 6 to 8 weeks, at least, and there is the need for more tissue repair and regeneration.

The RICE Plus treatment protocol was initially reported on in April 2004 by A. Stergioulas in the Journal of Clinical Laser Medical Surgery. Stergioulas used soccer players for his study with low-level laser therapy (LLLT ).

The purpose of this study was to compare three therapeutic protocols in treating edema in second degree ankle sprains that did not require immobilization with a splint, under placebo-controlled conditions. Fortyseven footballers with second degree ankle sprains, selected at random, were divided into the following groups: the first was treated with the conventional initial treatment (RICE), the second with the RICE method plus placebo laser and the third with the RICE method plus LLLT . RICE with diode laser “presented a statistically significant reduction in the volume of the edema after 24 h. LLLT combined with RICE can reduce edema in second-degree ankle sprains.”

Home Laser

LLLT can become a part of self-managed, home based physical therapy, especially for the budget strapped or those whose pain has already become chronic. While non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and opiates can be used initially for the most acute pain, their side effects, which include cognitive impairment, drowsiness, gastrointestinal, kidney and liver damage, make their long-term reliance menace more than aid. On the other hand, athletes who’ve used LLLT almost all note that its light-emitting diodes are very much adept at pain relief, perhaps with even greater magnitude than the NSAIDs.

Mechanism of Action

We only see a portion of the light spectrum with our bare eyes but other portions have strong impacts on our cellular health. We produce vitamin D, melatonin and levels of other hormones, all in relation to light, and that’s just the little bit of the light spectrum that has been studied.

TIP: as a side effect you will find your skin tightened up. So in case you use it on a cheek for tooth pain, better do it on both cheeks and get a face lift with your light.

20 Years Off

Light emitting diodes (LED s) or low energy lasers emit light in the visible red to near infrared range. Light in this range penetrates tissue but lacks the dangerous cancerous and mutagenic effects of UV light to which we are accustomed from sunbathing.

LLLT stimulates adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is required for physiological functions including injury repair and pain relief. When tissues are injured, these insults can damage the energy factories or mitochondria. But LLLT resuscitates and regenerates mitochondria. They start manufacturing a molecule called adenosine diphosphate (ADP) that reacts with free oxygen singlets to form ATP.

LLLT or photon light therapy is a new affordable, harmless and easy-to-access therapeutic medical tool— especially for sports injuries and chronic pain.

References
Stergioulas A. Low-level laser treatment can reduce edema in second degree ankle sprains. J Clin Laser Med Surg. 2004 Apr;22(2):125-8.
Sasaki S. Determination of altered mitochondria ultrastructure by electron microscopy. Methods Mol Biol. 2010;648:279-90. doi: 10.1007/978-1-60761-756-3_19.
Poyton RO1, Ball KA. Therapeutic photobiomodulation: nitric oxide and a novel function of mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase. Discov Med. 2011 Feb;11(57):154-9.
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