Basic Summary for Ankle sprain


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Main name of condition: Ankle sprain


What is Ankle sprain?
  Brief description of Ankle sprain: Damage to the ankle ligaments.
  Parent types of Ankle sprain: Ankle injuries, Sprain, Ankle conditions
  Organs Affected by Ankle sprain: ankle
  Types of Ankle sprain: Anterior talofibular ligament sprain, Calcaneofibular ligament sprain, Inversion injury
How many people get Ankle sprain?
  Incidence (annual) of Ankle sprain: 850,000 annually (NIAMS)
  Incidence Rate of Ankle sprain: approx 1 in 320 or 0.31% or 850,000 people in USA [about data]
  Prevalance of Ankle sprain: Approximately 1 million ankle injuries occur each year, and 85 percent of them are sprains. 1
What are the symptoms of Ankle sprain?
  Symptoms of Ankle sprain: see symptoms of Ankle sprain
How is it treated?
  Treatments for Ankle sprain: see treatments for Ankle sprain
  Prevention of Ankle sprain: see prevention of Ankle sprain
Society issues for Ankle sprain
  Hospitalization statistics for Ankle sprain: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Ankle sprain:
  • 0.01% (1,221) of hospital consultant episodes were for dislocation, sprain and strain of joints and ligaments of ankle and foot in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 90% of hospital consultant episodes for dislocation, sprain and strain of joints and ligaments of ankle and foot required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 48% of hospital consultant episodes for dislocation, sprain and strain of joints and ligaments of ankle and foot were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 52% of hospital consultant episodes for dislocation, sprain and strain of joints and ligaments of ankle and foot were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 84% of hospital consultant episodes for dislocation, sprain and strain of joints and ligaments of ankle and foot required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 6.4 days was the mean length of stay in hospitals for dislocation, sprain and strain of joints and ligaments of ankle and foot in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 2 days was the median length of stay in hospitals for dislocation, sprain and strain of joints and ligaments of ankle and foot in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 49 was the mean age of patients hospitalised for dislocation, sprain and strain of joints and ligaments of ankle and foot in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 53% of hospital consultant episodes for dislocation, sprain and strain of joints and ligaments of ankle and foot occurred in 15-59 year olds in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 26% of hospital consultant episodes for dislocation, sprain and strain of joints and ligaments of ankle and foot occurred in people over 75 in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 3% of hospital consultant episodes for dislocation, sprain and strain of joints and ligaments of ankle and foot were single day episodes in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 0.013% (6,710) of hospital bed days were for dislocation, sprain and strain of joints and ligaments of ankle and foot in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)


Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Questions and Answers Sprains and Strains: NIAMS

Last revision: June 18, 2003

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