Lonzo Ball's Ankle Injury - A Grade 3 Sprain?


Lonzo Ball Suffers a Grade 3 Ankle Sprain. What exactly is that?

In a recent NBA game, Los Angeles Lakers fans were horrified to see their point guard, Lonzo Ball, go down after twisting his ankle. It was one of those in-game injuries that makes you grimace. Especially if you are a Lakers fan.

The team is already without Rajon Rondo (bummer) and Lebron James (universal bummer). Now, losing young Lonzo puts their season even more at jeopardy in the ultra-competitive western conference.

Lonzo's Ankle Injury - A Grade 3 Sprain

Lonzo's x-ray came back negative, meaning the ankle was not broken. That's the good news.

The bad news is that the injury is a grade three sprain. According to the team, this injury will keep him out of the lineup for up to 6 weeks.

What Exactly is a Grade 3 Ankle Sprain?

Grade Three Ankle Sprain

The grade three ankle sprain involves a complete tear of the ligaments, rendering the joint nonfunctional.

Here are the symptoms of a grade three ankle sprain:

  • Significant instability in the joint

  • Major pain at the time of the injury, followed by a lack of pain after the injury

  • Severe Stiffness

  • Excessive Bruising

Recovery from a a grade three ankle sprain will take 8-12 weeks. This is the type of ankle sprain that can take a high school athlete out of the game for an entire season.

Wait A Minute - Something Doesn’t Add Up!

So if a grade 3 sprain takes 8-12 weeks to recover from, and Lonzo has a grade 3 sprain, how will he be active in 6 weeks?

Good question. Usually a grade 2 ankle sprain is the one that takes 4-6 weeks to recover from.

So, in this case, either the sprain Lonzo has isn’t quite a grade 3 sprain with a complete tear— or the team is being very hopeful with the timetable for his return.

I’m not Lonzo’s doc, so I can’t tell you for sure. It will be interesting to see if he is actually back in 6 weeks. And it will also be interesting to see if the Lakers are still in the playoff picture at all, in the loaded western conference.

NBA drama— you’ve gotta love it!