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Dr. Grant Lum MD

MD, CCFP, Dip Sport Med Sports Medicine Physician Toronto, ON

Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sports Med, Sports Medicine Physician, discusses treatment and prevention of high ankle sprains.

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Dr Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician, Toronto , Ontario is a 1992 graduate of the University of Toronto. He is accredited in Family Medicine, and also holds the Diploma in Sport Medicine. Dr Grant Lum. Sports Medicine Physician Toronto , Ontario is the medical director of Athletic Edge Sports Medicine Centres.

Dr Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician,Toronto , Ontario is a Lecturer at the University of Toronto, in the Faculty of Medicine, teaching sports medicine. Dr Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician, Toronto , Ontario is the medical director of the Fitness and Lifestyle Management Program at George Brown College, and is also the varsity team physician for George Brown College.

Dr Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician, Toronto , Ontario is the Team Physician for the National Squash Team, and is a consultant for the NHL Players’ Association, and was recently appointed to the National Hockey League’s Second Opinion Group. Dr Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician ,Toronto , Ontario also provides second opinions for the Canadian Football League in their Neutral Physician Program.

Dr Grant Lum ,Sports Medicine Physician, Toronto , Ontario has worked extensively with the Performing Arts Community. Dr Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician, Toronto , Ontario is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts in the Department of Dance at York. Dr Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician Toronto , Ontario was the Toronto physician for three Cirque du Soleil productions, and has worked with performers from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company, and shows including Fame, Rent, The Lion King, Miss Saigon, and Chicago. Dr Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician Toronto , Ontario has been a consultant for Sienna Films and Disney. He works closely with National Ballet School and Toronto Dance Theatre, as well as Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre and Ballet Jurgen.

Dr Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician Toronto , Ontario has appeared many times in print, on radio and on television. He has been interviewed by: Canadian Press, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Medical Post, Healthwatch Magazine, and Healthwise Magazine. Dr Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician Toronto , Ontario has appeared on: Life Network’s Diagnosis MD, TSN’s Off The Record, CTV’s The Chatroom, CTV’s Balance, The Score, and CBC and CTV News.

The Treatment and Prevention of High Ankle Sprains

Dr. Grant Lum, MD, CCFP, Dip Sports Med, Sports Medicine Physician, discusses treatment and prevention of high ankle sprains.

One variant of the typical ankle sprain, which is more serious, is the high ankle sprain.

So this involves a sprain of different ligaments. These are the ligaments that attach these two bones together, so the tibia and the fibula, and also the ligament that wraps around the front of the ankle and holds the tendons in place.

When those ligaments are sprained, it can make the entire ankle complex unstable causing these bones to spread apart from one another. So in a third degree or complete tear of those ligaments, a screw needs to be placed across these bones in order to hold them back together.

Most high ankle sprains that are less severe will require a few weeks of not bearing weight on the foot. So typically people will have to use crutches. Once you’re allowed to bear weight, then it takes somewhere between four and six weeks to be able to go back to do most of your normal activities.

With more serious injuries that requires surgery, you may not be weight-bearing for up to six weeks and then another six to 12 weeks after that before you can resume activity. The typical treatment for lesser sprains would include ice, anti-inflammatories, physiotherapy, and of course in terms of diagnosing these injuries, sometimes you will need an x-ray.

There are times where these kinds of injuries are hard to pick up even on an x-ray, and we may need to do an MRI, for example. The best way to prevent these kinds of injuries typically would be to make you’re doing a good ankle strengthening and balance program in advance of starting your season.

If you think you have a high ankle sprain or have more questions, you could consult a sports medicine physician or a physiotherapist.

Presenter: Dr. Grant Lum, Sports Medicine Physician, Toronto, ON

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