ACL Tear Greater Barretts, MO. ACL tears can suddenly upset your active and daily routine. You go from having a blast in a sport or playing with your kids, to suddenly wondering whether you’ll get to play or even go to work again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Barretts, MO, we have devoted our practice to restoring our patients’ mobility and returning them to the activities they love. Our ACL tear rehabilitation specialists work with you as a team and develop customize, evidence-based treatment plans. If you’ve sustained an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Barretts, MO, contact us online or check out the most convenient Axes location for you. Our priority is getting every patient great results and getting you back to what’s most important to you, whether that means running the bases in your local Barretts, MO league, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.
What is the ACL? | Barretts, MO Physical Therapy
Ligaments are bands found in joints made of tough, flexible connective tissue that affix two bones. The ligaments in the knee work to maintain stability in your knee by affixing your tibia (shinbone) to your femur (thigh bone). The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is in the center of your knee and crosses the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) so they make an “x”. The ACL and PCL work together to stabilize the front and back movement of your knee, and the ACL stops the tibia from slipping too far forward on the femur and provides stability when the knee rotates.
Most ACL tears are partial, but they can be completely torn as well. Depending on the grade of your ACL tear, your ability to put weight on your knee and your motion will be affected. However significant your injury, trust in the Barretts, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully recover.
Causes of an ACL Tear | Barretts, MO Physical Therapy
There are up to 250,000 ACL injuries in the United States every year, and it is one of the most common knee injuries and sports injuries. They are common in contact sports that require frequent and rapid cutting and changing directions, such as football, baseball, soccer, and basketball. According to reporting from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, almost three-quarters of ACL tears happen in non-contact injuries, such as changing direction quickly, and the rest are due to direct blunt force trauma. External and internal factors could both be at play when you sustain an ACL tear:
These are when your motion is interrupted immediately before the injury. Some examples are:
- Landing on uneven ground or landing with improper form
- Something or someone knocking into you
- A sudden reduction in speed or switching direction
- Swiveling with a firmly planted foot
- Receiving a direct hit to the knee
These concern the structure and anatomy of the knee and legs. Some examples are:
- The differences in anatomy between men and women
- How flexible the hamstring and other surrounding muscles are
- Genetic differences
While many ACL tears happen in sports, they are also common in falls and work-related injuries. The elderly are also at high risk, as our bodies degenerate as we age. Women are 4-6 times more likely to suffer an ACL tear, likely owing to anatomical differences.
Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Barretts, MO Physical Therapy
When you sustain an ACL tear, the pain will likely be in the middle of the knee. An ACL tear does not always cause significant pain unless other parts of the knee were also injured. Some signs that you may have torn your ACL are:
- A “popping” sensation or sound in your knee
- Not being able to continue activity
- Rapid swelling
- Reduction of range of motion
- Not being able to bear weight your knee
If you suspect you’ve suffered an ACL tear, it’s critical to reach out to a doctor or a licensed physical therapist in Barretts, MO to diagnose your injury and start the treatment you need to recover. We offer complimentary, no strings attached injury screenings and know many excellent physicians in Barretts, MO that we can refer you to. Your Axes physical or occupational therapist, your doctor and medical providers, and you will join forces and work together to ensure your recovery is safe and efficient.
ACL Tear Treatments | Barretts, MO Physical Therapy
It is important to get prompt, effective, personalized treatment for your ACL tear. If you delay, or your treatment is ineffective, it can result in complications like obesity or osteoarthritis, which can significantly impact how you live your life.
In the minutes after your ACL tear, it’s best to use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to mitigate pain and swelling. In an examination, a doctor will evaluate your mobility, and likely order an MRI or other tests to confirm the ACL tear and assess the extent of the injury.
Because ligaments do not receive blood flow, a complete ACL tear cannot regenerate on its own. That is why the aid of a licensed professional physical therapist is necessary to return to the activities you love. Surgery is the only means available to completely heal an ACL tear. So, surgery is often necessary for younger people, athletes who need a fully healthy ACL in order to play, patients with other serious damage to other parts of their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes pain or weakness when carrying out basic, everyday tasks. In an ACL surgery, a surgeon will remove the injured ACL, take a graft from another one of your or a donors tendons, and use small incisions to attach it to the bones.
Once the new ligament is attached, you still have a long way to go before you’ll feel fully back to normal. After surgery, you’ll probably need crutches to move around, as your quadriceps muscles will weaken from disuse. Axes Physical Therapy offers both pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation for ACL tears in Barretts, MO to get you the best results for both your physical rehabilitation and your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy experts will be by your side throughout your recovery process with proven, customized physical therapy. As part of your treatment plan, we will:
- Alleviate pain and swelling
- Educate you on your injury and the rehab process
- Gradually and effectively allow you to put weight on your knee again
- Fit you for a brace and teach you how to safely use it
- Do movement exercises and balance exercises to increase range of motion
- Do strength exercises to return you to full strength
- Possibly employ electrical stimulation as a supplement to the exercises
You have the best chance for a full recovery by actively participating in it and trusting the professional Barretts, MO area physical therapists of Axes. Before you know it, we will get you back to tearing up the local pick-up league, or just enjoying being able to to climb stairs without any pain.
How to Prevent an ACL Tear | Barretts, MO Physical Therapy
Unfortunately, second ACL tears are common and they can result in permanent repercussions. As part of our ACL tear physical therapy services in Barretts, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will help you understand the best practices that help to avoid another ACL tear later on. Some of the preventive methods you can take in order to prevent further injury are:
- Having a strong core
- Strengthen your hip and leg muscles
- Practice correct form, for instance always landing with your feet directly over your knee
- Stretch consistently
- Increase your balance
- Perform warm-up exercises before sports or other physical activities
- Always wear appropriate footwear
Our physical therapists dedicate themselves not only to getting you back to the things you love to do, but doing what we can to make sure that you can carry on doing them without being interrupted by another injury.
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ACL Tear in Barretts, MO | Axes Physical Therapy
It is normal to be anxious about your your future after being seriously injured. If you’ve sustained an ACL tear, you probably want to get back to your normal, active lifestyle as quickly as possible. Trust in the knowledgeable professionals of Axes Physical Therapy to work with you to design a proven, personalized rehabilitation plan to get you back to the football field, gymnasts’ mat, or just back to your normal, pain-free life. Contact us online or call the location are closest to you.