Prevalence and Incidence of Ankle sprain


About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Ankle sprain usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Ankle sprain at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Ankle sprain refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Ankle sprain diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Incidence (annual) of Ankle sprain: 850,000 annually (NIAMS)
Incidence Rate: 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

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

Last revision: June 18, 2003

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