Acute Ankle Sprain


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31 Dec 2023

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1 Jan 2021

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75 Minutes

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Activity Description

Acute ankle sprains are commonly seen in both primary care practices and emergency departments and can result in significant short-term morbidity, recurrent injuries, and functional instability. Appropriate initial evaluation and treatment can decrease the likelihood of these complications. This activity reviews the evaluation and treatment of ankle sprains and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in improving patient outcomes.

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This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the most commonly injured ankle ligament and the associated mechanism of injury.
  • Describe the evaluation of a patient presenting with an ankle injury.
  • Explain how to use the Ottawa ankle rules to evaluate and manage a patient with an ankle injury.
  • Explain the value of a well-integrated, team approach to provide optimal care for patients with ankle sprains.

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This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, and StatPearls, LLC. The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is reported to the following Maintenance of Certification (MOC) boards:
American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Regional Anesthesia/Acute Pain
American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
American Board of Pediatrics
  • Sports Medicine
American Board of Pathology
  • Soft Tissue & Bone

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  3. Complete the entire self-study activity.
  4. Complete the post-test assessments.
  5. Successfully pass the post-test with a minimum score of 100%.
  6. Complete the evaluation survey. 
  7. Obtain a certificate.

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