As many of you know from following my career in broadcasting, you also know my background as a former collegiate basketball player, so I’ve experienced going through injuries and recovery. Although I’m no longer playing, I still remain very active by going to the gym and working with a trainer. Unfortunately during the NBA D-League Finals I rolled my left ankle (GOOD = no one saw it happen, BAD = I was wearing sneakers 😂 ). I did the usual R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevate), and after a couple days things seemed to be looking positive. After about a week, I returned back to my normal activities and noticed I was starting to experience setbacks. Whether it was pain/ discomfort, bruising or swelling, my ankle was causing me issues and disallowing me the ability to push through and optimize my workouts like I had prior to the injury.
I reached out to someone I knew would be able to help me, not only figure out what is going on with my ankle, but as well help me return to 100%. Integra Health Centre co-founder and CEO, Dr. Sapna Sriram, a leading Canadian Chiropractic Physician, focusing on sports medicine and performance optimization. We set up a date and time for me to go to the downtown Toronto, ON. office for an assessment and a rehab plan, and I thought it would be fun to document and share everything with you!
ASSESSMENT WITH DR. SAPNA
“When I assessed your ankle you had reduced ankle dorsiflexion, poor balance, and your pelvic mechanics were also affected, specifically with the obvious left glute not effectively activating. The compensations and changes in your gait also had resulted in functional tightness from your calves, gluteus med/max, piriformis, spinal erectors, quadratus lumborum (QL), your TFL to even your opposite latissimus dorsi.“
TREATMENT WITH DR. SAPNA
“For treatment my goals are to increase your ankle and hip mobility, strengthen your foot and restore stability and balance in your pelvis. Today, we did acupuncture with electro-stimulation followed by some IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) to your gastrocnemius, soleus, peroneals, tibialis anterior and achilles. We did active release techniques and other soft tissue therapy to your gluteus medius, tensor fasciae latae (TFL), psoas, QL and erectors. We finished up with some ankle mobilizations and kinesiotaping“
INITIAL REHAB PROGRAM BY DR. SAPNA
For the first couple of weeks, Dr. Sapna provided me with a light/ no equipment program, allowing me to focus on increasing my dorsiflexion, improve my core and lower back stability, along with assisting my hip and glute improvement.
As my program is just getting underway, and I still have some time to go before being back at 100%, I know that the small improvements I’ve already made are positive, and I look forward to the journey of recovery with Dr. Sapna!