Des Peres, MO

Des Peres, MO

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ACL Tear Greater Des Peres, MO. ACL tears can unexpectedly disrupt your active routine and daily life. One instant you’re sprinting down the field, playing your favorite sport or playing with your children, 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 Des Peres, MO, we have dedicated 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 put in place customize, empirically-backed treatment plans. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Des Peres, MO, contact us online or locate the most convenient Axes location for you. Our mission is getting every patient a positive outcome and getting you back to what’s most important to you, whether that means burning corners in your local Des Peres, MO flag football league, or carrying your children on your shoulders without any pain.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament | Des Peres, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of durable, flexible fibrous tissue that affix two bones. The ligaments in the knee help keep your knee stable by connecting 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 control the front and back motion of your knee, and the ACL impedes the tibia from slipping too far forward on the femur and supplies rotational stability.

ACL tears can be either partial or complete. Depending on the grade of your ACL tear, your ability to put weight on your knee and range of motion will be lowered. No Matter how significant your injury, trust in the Des Peres, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you attain a complete recovery.

Causes of an ACL Tear | Des Peres, MO Physical Therapy

There are as many as 250,000 ACL injuries nationwide every year, and it is one of the most frequent 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 reporting from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, 70% of ACL tears occur in non-contact injuries, such as cutting quickly, and the rest are the result of direct blows to the knee. External and internal factors could both be at play when you suffer an ACL tear:

External Factors

These are when your movement is interrupted just before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven footing or landing with improper form
  • Colliding with something or someone
  • Instantly decelerating or changing direction
  • Pivoting with a firmly planted foot
  • Suffering a direct hit to the knee

Internal Factors

These are related to the structure and anatomy of the body. Examples include:

  • The differences in anatomy between men and women
  • Flexibility of the hamstring
  • Genetic variations

ACL tears don’t just occur in sports, falls and work-related injuries can hurt they ACL as well. 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 owing to anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Des Peres, MO Physical Therapy

When you suffer an ACL tear, the pain will likely be in the middle of the knee. You might not necessarily feel considerable pain after an ACL tear except if other parts of the knee were also injured. Some signs that you may have torn your ACL are:

  • A “popping” sensation in your knee
  • Inability to continue activity
  • Your knee becoming inflamed quickly
  • 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 necessary to contact a doctor or a licensed physical therapist in Des Peres, MO to diagnose your injury and start the treatment you need to recover. We offer complimentary, no strings attached injury screenings and have a great network of excellent physicians in Des Peres, MO that we can connect you with. Your Axes physical or occupational therapist, your doctor and medical providers, and you will form a close team and work together to ensure your recovery is safe and efficient.

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How to Treat an ACL Tear | Des Peres, MO Physical Therapy

It is imperative to get prompt, effective, personalized treatment for your ACL tear. If your injury does not heal properly, it can result in problems such as obesity or osteoarthritis, which can greatly affect your quality of life.

Directly following your ACL tear, you should use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to mitigate pain and inflammation. A doctor will then examine you, evaluate your mobility, and likely order an MRI to confirm the ACL tear and judge 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 regenerate on its own. That is why the aid of a licensed professional physical therapist is necessary 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 play, patients with other significant injury to their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes their knee to buckle in basic, everyday activities. ACL surgery is generally 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, you still have a long way to go before you’ll feel fully back to normal. After surgery, you may need crutches to move around, as your quadriceps muscles will have weakened. Axes Physical Therapy offers both pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation for ACL tears in Des Peres, MO to get you the best results for both your recovery and your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy specialists will guide you through your recovery process with proven, customized physical therapy. Our treatment methods will help to:

  • Reduce pain and swelling
  • Educate you on your injury and the rehab process
  • Gradually and successfully allow you to put weight on your knee again
  • Fit you for a brace and teach you how to safely use it
  • Perform movement exercises and balance exercises to return mobility
  • Perform strength exercises to return you to full strength
  • Potentially use electrical stimulation as a supplement to the exercises

When you work with the experienced Des Peres, MO area physical therapists of Axes and take an active role in your recovery, you have the best chance of a complete and timely recovery. Before you know it, we will return you to dominating the local softball league, or just enjoying being able to to climb stairs without feeling any instability in your knee.

How to Prevent an ACL Tear | Des Peres, MO Physical Therapy

Unfortunately, many people suffer a second ACL tear and they can lead to life-long repercussions. As part of our ACL tear physical therapy services in Des Peres, 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:

  • Having a strong core
  • Strengthen your hip and leg muscles
  • Practice proper technique, for example keeping knees shoulder width apart while landing
  • Maintain flexibility
  • Perform balance exercises
  • Always warm up before sports or other physical activities
  • Make sure you are using appropriate footwear

Our physical therapists committed themselves not only to getting you back to the things you love to do, but doing everything possible to make certain that you can carry on doing them without being upended by another injury.

Some of the other services we offer in Des Peres, MO are:

ACL Tear in Des Peres, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to experience anxieties about your your future after suffering a severe injury. 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 knowledgeable professionals of Axes Physical Therapy to work in concert with you to produce a proven, tailor-made physical therapy plan to return you to the football field, bowling alley, 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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