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THURSDAY, Nov. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Recovery from a sprained ankle often involves some kind of physical therapy, but a new study questions the usefulness of that approach.

In a Canadian study of more than 500 people suffering from such injuries, about the same number of people achieved "excellent recovery" at six months -- whether or not they'd received standard physical therapy.

"There was not a clinically important effect with the standardized physiotherapy regimen provided to our participants," concluded a team led by Brenda Brouwer. She's with the School of Rehabilitation Therapy at Queen's University in Kingston, Canada.

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