Patients - Frequently Asked Questions

What is an ankle sprain?

The ankle is supported by ligaments which enable mobility. An ankle sprain occurs when ligaments are overextended and are stretched and/or torn. There are 3 degrees of an ankle sprain extending from grade 1 (least severe) to grade 3 (most severe) and SportVis™ is approved for grade 1 or 2.

Are ankle sprains common?

Yes, they account for up to 75% of all musculoskeletal injuries experienced during sporting and daily activities. Ankle sprains can also be a recurring problem at a rate of approximately 40% in the sporting population. SportVis™ has been specifically designed to manage pain and optimise recovery of first and second degree ankle sprains.

What grades of ankle sprains can I use SportVis™ for?

SportVis™ can be used to treat either a Grade 1 or 2 ankle sprain but not a Grade 3 ankle sprain as surgery might be needed.

What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?

Pain and swelling are common occurrences with ankle sprains due to the overstretching and/or tearing of ligament(s) and the rupture of blood vessels around the region. SportVis™ is able to limit the pain and inflammation with its ancillary effects.

What is SportVis™?

SportVis™ is an injection administered by a medical professional that can help recovery of an ankle sprain. SportVis™ should be injected within 48 hours of an ankle sprain with a second injection ideally 48 hours after the first.

Why do I need 2 injections?

Two injections represent the full treatment and are necessary for a better and quicker recovery.

Why is there a need for SportVis™?

Previoulsy there was no functional treatment for ankle sprains. SportVis™ is now able to help you recover better and faster.

What are the current available options?

R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) standard of care is commonly advised. NSAIDs can also be administered but they are known to have systemic side effects. Both R.I.C.E. and NSAIDs do not provide functional and local treatment to your ankle sprain. SportVis™ provides functional and local treatment of ankle sprain. SportVis™ will also reduce the duration of R.I.C.E. therapy, and limit pain and inflammation.

How do I regain my full abilities?

After your full 2 injection treatment of SportVis™ with continued R.I.C.E. standard of care, you will probably be advised to strengthen your ankle through simple exercises. Use pain to be a guidance of how much movement can be achieved. Do not try to tolerate the pain and force your ankle to obtain complete range of motion immediately.

There are a range of specific exercises for ankle sprains. Please consult your physician or physiotherapist for more details.

How long before I regain my full abilities again?

SportVis™ has shown it can help patients regain full range of motion an average of 6 days quicker in less severe injuries but depending on the severity of the original injury it can take up to 3 months to regain your full capabilities again.

Can I prevent myself from getting an ankle sprain again?

An ankle sprain is a very common injury with a high everyday recurrence rate. This is why it is important to have the high quality of healing that SportVis™ may help you to obtain.