Byrnes Mill, MO

Byrnes Mill, MO

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ACL Tear Greater Byrnes Mill, MO. ACL tears can abruptly obstruct your active and daily routine. One second you’re flying down the court, competing in your favorite sport or playing with your kids, and the next second you’re don’t know if you’ll get to play or even go to work again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Byrnes Mill, MO, we have committed our practice to helping our patients regain their strength and mobility, and getting them back to the activities they love. Our ACL tear rehabilitation specialists work with you as a team and develop customize treatments plans that have been empirically proven to be effective. If you’ve sustained an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Byrnes Mill, MO, contact us online or check out the most convenient Axes location for you. We dedicate ourselves to getting every patient a positive outcome and getting you back to what’s most important to you, whether that means running the bases in your local Byrnes Mill, MO league, or carrying your children on your shoulders without any pain.

What is the ACL? | Byrnes Mill, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of durable, flexible connective tissue that attach two bones. The ligaments in the knee help maintain stability in your knee by affixing your tibia (shinbone) to your femur (thigh bone). The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, runs down the center of your knee and forms an “X” with the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). The ACL and PCL work in tandem to stabilize the front and back motion of your knee, and the ACL prevents the tibia from moving 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 movement will be affected. However significant your injury, trust in the Byrnes Mill, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you achieve a complete recovery.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | Byrnes Mill, MO Physical Therapy

There are up to 250,000 ACL injuries nationwide annually, and it is one of the most common knee injuries and sports injuries. Athletes who play contact sports and/or sports where there is a lot of cutting and changing direction are the most likely to get ACL tears. According to reporting from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the vast majority of ACL tears occur in non-contact injuries, such as changing direction quickly, and the rest are because of direct blows to the knee. External and internal factors could both contribute to an ACL tear:

External Factors

These are when your coordination is obstructed immediately before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven ground or landing awkwardly
  • Colliding with something or someone
  • A sudden reduction in speed or switching direction
  • Swiveling with a firmly planted foot
  • Suffering a direct hit to the knee

Internal Factors

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 transpire 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 sustain an ACL tear, likely because of anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Byrnes Mill, MO Physical Therapy

When you suffer an ACL tear, the pain will likely be in the middle of the knee. An ACL tear does not always cause sever pain unless other parts of the knee were also injured. Some signs that you may have sustained an ACL tear include:

  • A “popping” sensation or sound in your knee
  • Not being able to continue activity
  • Rapid swelling
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Not being able to put any weight on your knee

If you suspect you’ve sustained an ACL tear, it’s critical to contact a doctor or a licensed physical therapist in Byrnes Mill, MO to verify your injury and get you the treatment you need. We offer no-cost, no-obligation injury screenings and have a wide network of trusted physicians in Byrnes Mill, MO that we can refer you to. Your Axes physical or occupational therapist is a fundamental part of your recovery team, working closely with you and your doctors and medical providers to collaborate on your safe and efficient recovery.

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How to Treat an ACL Tear | Byrnes Mill, 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 cause health conditions like obesity or osteoarthritis, which can significantly impact your quality of life.

Immediately 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 inflammation. A doctor will then examine you, assess your range of motion, and likely order an MRI or other tests to verify the ACL tear and evaluate the extent of the injury.

Because ligaments do not receive blood flow, a complete ACL tear cannot regenerate by itself. This means that you will need the help of licensed professional physical therapists in order to get back to the activities you love. Surgery is the only means available to completely heal an ACL tear. So, surgery is often the best option for younger people, athletes who need their knee reconstructed in order to play, patients with other serious injury to their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes their knee to buckle in basic, everyday tasks. ACL surgery is typically done by taking a graft from another tendon — either one of yours or a deceased donor’s — and then using small incisions to attach the graft to the femur and tibia.

Once the new ligament is attached, your journey back to normalcy and the activities you love is still a long way from over. After surgery, you may be given crutches so you can get around for the next few weeks, as your quadriceps muscles will have weakened. Axes Physical Therapy offers both pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation for ACL tears in Byrnes Mill, MO to get you the best results for both your physical rehabilitation and your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy specialists will work with you throughout your recovery process with proven, customized physical therapy. As part of your treatment plan, we will:

  • Reduce pain and swelling
  • Provide patient education so you understand your injury and why our methods work
  • Gradually and effectively get you back to bearing weight
  • Fit you for a brace and teach you how to safely use it
  • Do movement exercises and balance exercises to increase mobility
  • Do strength exercises to increase 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 Byrnes Mill, MO area physical therapists of Axes. Before you know it, we will return you to tearing up the local flag football league, or just enjoying the ability to sit down and stand up without your knee buckling.

How to Prevent an ACL Tear | Byrnes Mill, MO Physical Therapy

Unfortunately, second ACL tears are common and they can lead to permanent consequences. Included in your treatment program in Byrnes Mill, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will educate you on how to avoid another ACL tear in the future. Some of the preventive methods you can take in order to prevent further injury are:

  • Strengthen your core
  • Strengthen your hip and leg muscles
  • Practice correct technique, for example landing evenly on both feet
  • Maintain flexibility
  • Increase your balance
  • Always warm up before sports or other physical activities
  • Make sure you are using appropriate footwear

Our physical therapists devote themselves not only to getting you back to the things you love to do, but doing what we can to make certain that you can carry on doing them without being disrupted by another injury.

Some of the other services we offer in Byrnes Mill, MO are:

ACL Tear in Byrnes Mill, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to experience anxieties about your what your life will look like in the future after suffering a severe injury. 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 experienced professionals of Axes Physical Therapy to work alongside 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 daily activities. Contact us online or call the location are closest to you.

Services Offered

Services Offered
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Acute Injury Management
  • Chronic Injury Management
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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