Worried about physio

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Probably seen a few of my threads around here so sorry if it seems like I am making to many topics.

For those who haven't seen my previous topics two years ago I fractured (avulsion fracture) my left Lateral Malleolus by rolling on it and fall down a hill. I didn't go to the hospital immediately, but after I went a few hours later it was confirmed there was a fracture on the X-Ray and I was given an Aircast boot / Moonboot and a set of crutches (that I didn't use, couldnt get the hang of them).

I was told I didn't need follow up with a fracture clinic a week later (after being told originally I did). After that I was left to my own devices, no checkups, advice or physio and came out of the boot when it felt right. Ever since I have had varying degrees of pain, weakness, it sprains alot for no reason and generally feels stiff / week. 

I had an X-Ray about a month ago, they said it seems to have healed fine but were not sure if the bone was aligned properly or not and was advised to go to Physio. I now can book my first Physio appointment but I am concerned it will make it worse especially when not being sure if there are still issues with the bone?  My previous experiences of Physio with the NHS are not good.

Any advice? 

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    If you are getting sprains often for no reason chances are you have damaged the ligaments in your ankle to the point that they aren't doing their job. I am 11 weeks post ORIF to stabilize three fractures in my ankle and also fractured my fibula. On top of the 4 breaks I also ruputured all of the ligaments in my ankle which causes my foot to turn inward which also means that it doesn't sit squarely within my ankle joint. My surgeon has already mentioned that I may need ankle ligament reconstruction surgery to correct the issue.

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      In that case then would physio be helpful? I just don't want them to make it worse than it already is sad

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      My surgeon has me going to physical therapy and wants me to continue even though he thinks I may need the additonal surgery. I think they like to exhaust non surgical methods before they settle on doing surgery. Just make sure if something at therapy is causing you pain you make them aware of it and make your doctor aware as well. Your doctor is the only one that is going to be able to tell if the therapy us helping or hurting the issue.
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    Gremlin,

    No need to be apprehensive about physiotherapy-- it is your best friend in rehab as long as it is appropriate your condition.

    I have no experience of physiotherapy services under the NHS in UK-- perhaps your bad experience with one therapist is an outlier. I am sure there are plenty of good ones but it may be difficult to find them (and I don't know if you have freedom of choice in specialists there).

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