“I Feel Like I Have Lost Part Of My Identity” – A Qualitative Study Exploring The Impact Of Chronic Ankle Instability.

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“I Feel Like I Have Lost Part Of My Identity” - A Qualitative Study Exploring The Impact Of Chronic Ankle Instability.

Mohrsen A, Sørensen T, Lund H, et al.

 

ABSTRACT

Introduction: Lateral ankle sprain is the most common ankle injury and up to 40% of those who sustain a lateral ankle sprain will develop chronic ankle instability (CAI). The aim of this study was to explore the thoughts and expectations of CAI-patients concerning their condition and expectations of care in an orthopedic setting.

Study Design: Qualitative study

Methods: Nine semi-structured one-to-one interviews were conducted with CAI-patients who were referred to an orthopedic setting. Interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed using systematic text condensation with an inductive goal free approach.

Results: Seven themes emerged. The themes were Injury history and symptoms (Lateral ankle sprain during sport, pain and instability), Information from health professional (conflicting information about management and prognosis), Management (mental and physical challenges), Expectation and hope (explanation of symptoms, prognosis and imaging to provide clarification of condition), Activity and participation (restriction in sport and daily life and feelings of uncertainty), Support (support from family/friends) and Identity (low ability to participate in sport and social life result in loss of identity).

Conclusion: The impact of CAI exceeds an experience of pain and instability. Patients experienced loss of identity, having to manage uncertainty regarding their diagnosis and prognosis and had hopes of being able to explain their condition.

Level of Evidence: Not applicable

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