ACL Tear Greater Crescent, MO. ACL tears can unexpectedly upend your active routine and daily life. 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 Crescent, MO, we have devoted 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 in tandem with you as a team and put in place personalized, empirically-backed treatment plans. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Crescent, MO, contact us online or locate the most convenient Axes location for you. We focus on getting every patient positive results and getting you back to the things that matter most to you, whether that means running the bases in your local Crescent, MO league, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.
What is the ACL? | Crescent, 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 keep your knee stable 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 forward and backward movement of your knee, and the ACL shields the tibia from sliding too far forward on the femur and supplies rotational stability.
Most ACL tears are partial, but they can be completely torn as well. Depending on the grade of your ACL tear, your ability to bear weight and range of motion will be lowered. Regardless of how significant your injury, trust in the Crescent, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you accomplish a complete recovery.
Causes of an ACL Tear | Crescent, MO Physical Therapy
There are as many as 250,000 ACL injuries in the United States 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 at high risk for ACL tears. According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the vast majority of ACL tears happen in non-contact injuries, such as cutting rapidly, and the rest are because of direct blows to the knee. External and internal factors could both be at play when you sustain an ACL tear:
These are when your coordination is obstructed immediately before the injury. Some examples are:
- Landing on uneven ground or landing awkwardly
- Something or someone bumping into you
- Suddenly decelerating or changing direction
- Pivoting with a firmly planted foot
- Sustaining a direct hit to the knee
These have to do with the structure and anatomy of the body. Some examples are:
- The anatomical differences between men and women
- Flexibility of the hamstring
- Differences in genetics
While many ACL tears occur in sports, they are also common in falls and work-related injuries. They can become more common as we age and our bodies weaken. Women are 4-6 times more likely to suffer an ACL tear, likely due to anatomical differences.
Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Crescent, MO Physical Therapy
When you sustain an ACL tear, the pain will likely be at the center of the knee. You might not necessarily feel considerable pain after an ACL tear except if other constructive damage was done to the knee. Some indicators that you may have torn your ACL are:
- Feeling or hearing a pop 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 sustained an ACL tear, it’s imperative to reach out to a physician or a licensed physical therapist in Crescent, MO to verify your injury and come up with the treatment plan you need to recover. We offer no-cost, no-obligation injury screenings and know many trusted doctors in Crescent, MO that we can connect you with. 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.
How to Treat an ACL Tear | Crescent, MO Physical Therapy
It is essential to get effective and personalized treatment soon after your ACL tear. If you don’t, it can lead to problems such as obesity or osteoarthritis, which can greatly affect you for the remainder of your life.
Immediately after your ACL tear, you should use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to mitigate pain and swelling. A doctor will then examine you, assess your mobility, and likely order an MRI to verify the ACL tear and assess the completeness and grade of your tear.
As there is no blood flow to the ligament, a complete ACL tear will not be able to heal 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 advisable for younger people, athletes who need their knee reconstructed in order to perform, patients whose ACL tears were accompanied by other significant injury to their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes pain or weakness when performing basic, everyday activities. In an ACL surgery, a surgeon will remove the torn 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, your journey back to normalcy and the activities you love is still a long way from over. After surgery, you may 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 Crescent, MO to get you a positive outcome for both your recovery and your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy professionals will guide you through your recovery process with proven, customized physical therapy. Our treatment methods will help to:
- Alleviate pain and swelling
- Provide patient education so you understand your injury and why our methods work
- Gradually and effectively allow you to put weight on your knee again
- Provide you with a brace and teach you how to safely use it
- Perform movement exercises and balance exercises to increase range of motion
- Perform strength exercises to return you to full strength
- Possibly utilize electrical stimulation to return strength and flexibility
When you work with the knowledgeable Crescent, MO area physical therapists of Axes and take an active role in your rehabilitation, you have the greatest chance of a complete and quick recovery. Before you know it, we will get you back to dominating the local flag football league, or just enjoying being able to to climb stairs without any pain.
How to Prevent an ACL Tear | Crescent, MO Physical Therapy
Unfortunately, many people suffer a second ACL tear and they can lead to life-long consequences. Included in your treatment program in Crescent, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will help you understand the best practices that help to avoid another ACL tear in the future. We recommend some of the following steps to prevent further injury:
- Strengthen your core
- Having strong hip and leg muscles
- Practice correct form, for example landing evenly on both feet
- Stretch consistently
- Increase your balance
- Always warm up before sports or other physical activities
- Always wear appropriate footwear
Our physical therapists devote themselves not only to getting you back to the activities you love, but doing what we can to make sure that you stay off the sidelines.
Some of the other services we offer in Crescent, MO are:
ACL Tear in Crescent, MO | Axes Physical Therapy
It is normal to experience anxieties about your your future after being seriously injured. If you’ve sustained an ACL tear, you might be impatient to return to your active lifestyle and physical activities you value. Trust in the experienced professionals of Axes Physical Therapy to work in concert with you to produce a proven, personalized physical therapy plan to get you back to the basketball court, bowling alley, or just back to your normal, pain-free daily activities. Contact us online or call the location are closest to you.