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Type of Article : Original Research

Year: 2015 | Volume 3 | Issue 5 | Page No. 1239-1243

Date of Publication: 11-10-2015

DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2015.183


T. M. Seshagiri Rao *1, Divya Vemali 2.

*1 Assistant Professor, SIMS College of Physiotherapy, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India.
2 Post Graduate, SIMS College of Physiotherapy, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Corresponding author: Dr. M.Seshagirirao. PT., M.P.T. Sports Medicine, Assistant Professor, SIMS College of Physiotherapy, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India.


Background: Cryotherapy is commonly used in physical therapy with many known benefits; however several investigations reported decreased functional performance, there is lack of evidence detailing the effects of Cryotherapy in ankle sprain individuals. Therefore, the purpose of the present study is to know the effectiveness of ice pack versus cold water immersion on static and dynamic balance in ankle sprain.
Materials and Methods: 30 subjects with ankle sprain were participated and randomly divided into two groups 15 each. Group A received ice pack application, group B cold water immersion for 20 minutes duration of 10 days. Static balance (balance error scoring system), dynamic balance (star excursion balance test) were recorded before and after the interventions, were analyzed by using students ‘t’ test.
Results: The static balance for both the groups showed a decrease number of errors in tandem stance and double limb stance after ice pack application, Whereas there is no difference found in single limb stance. Dynamic balance increased in ice pack application compared to ice water immersion.
Conclusion: Results after 10 days showed marked variation suggesting better improvements in both static and dynamic balance by ice pack application than cold water immersion for ankle sprain athletes.
KEY WORDS: Ice Pack, Cold water immersion, Static Balance, Dynamic Balance, Ankle Sprain.


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M. Seshagiri Rao, Divya Vemali. EFFECTIVENESS OF ICE PACK VERSUS COLD WATER IMMERSION ON STATIC AND DYNAMIC BALANCE IN ANKLE SPRAIN. Int J Physiother Res 2015;3(5):1239-1243. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2015.183




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