Foley, MO

Foley, MO

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ACL Tear Greater Foley, MO. ACL tears can suddenly obstruct your active and daily routine. One moment you’re running down the court, playing your favorite sport or having fun with your children, and the next instant you’re don’t know if you’ll get to play or even go to work again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Foley, MO, we have dedicated our practice to restoring our patients’ mobility and returning them to the activities they love. Our ACL tear rehabilitation specialists work in tandem with you as a team and develop personalized, evidence-based treatment plans. If you’ve sustained an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Foley, MO, contact us online or check out the most convenient Axes location for you. Our mission is getting every patient great results and getting you back to what’s most important to you, whether that means burning corners in your local Foley, MO flag football league, or carrying your children on your shoulders without any pain.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament | Foley, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of tough, flexible connective tissue that connect 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 concert to stabilize the front and back movement of your knee, and the ACL impedes the tibia from gliding 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 your movement will be affected. No Matter how significant your injury, trust in the Foley, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you attain a complete recovery.

Causes of an ACL Tear | Foley, MO Physical Therapy

There are as many as 250,000 ACL injuries in the United States 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 the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, almost three-quarters of ACL tears happen in non-contact injuries, such as cutting quickly, and the rest are because 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 motion is disrupted immediately before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven footing or landing awkwardly
  • Being hit by something or someone
  • Instantly decelerating or switching direction
  • Swiveling with a firmly planted foot
  • Sustaining a direct blow to the knee

Internal Factors

These concern the structure and anatomy of the knee and legs. Examples include:

  • The differences in anatomy between men and women
  • How flexible the hamstring and other surrounding muscles are
  • Differences in genetics

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 as a result of anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Foley, MO Physical Therapy

When you suffer an ACL tear, you’ll likely feel pain at the center of the knee. You might not necessarily feel sever pain after an ACL tear except if other structural damage was done to the knee. Some indicators that you may have sustained an ACL tear are:

  • A “popping” sensation in your knee
  • Inability to continue activity
  • Your knee becoming inflamed quickly
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Instability when bearing weight

If you think you’ve suffered an ACL tear, it’s imperative to see a doctor or a licensed physical therapist in Foley, MO to confirm your injury and come up with the treatment plan you need to recover. We offer no-cost, no-obligation injury screenings and work with many trusted physicians in Foley, 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.

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ACL Tear Treatments | Foley, MO Physical Therapy

It is important to get prompt, effective, personalized treatment for your ACL tear. If your injury does not heal properly, it can result in health conditions such as obesity or osteoarthritis, which can significantly impact your quality of life.

In the minutes after your ACL tear, you should use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to manage pain and swelling. A doctor will then examine you, evaluate your mobility, and likely order an MRI or other tests to verify the ACL tear and evaluate the completeness and grade of your tear.

Because ligaments do not receive blood flow, a complete ACL tear cannot regenerate on its own. This means that you will need the help of licensed professional physical therapists in order to return to the activities you love. Surgery is the only means available to completely heal an ACL tear. So, surgery is often recommended for younger people, athletes who need a fully healthy ACL 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. In an ACL surgery, a surgeon will remove the damaged 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 in place, your journey back to normalcy and the activities you love is still a long way from over. After surgery, you’ll likely 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 Foley, 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 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 range of motion
  • Perform strength exercises to return you to full strength
  • Possibly implement electrical stimulation to return strength and flexibility

You have the best chance for a full recovery by actively participating in it and trusting the professional Foley, 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 climb stairs without your knee buckling.

How to Prevent an ACL Tear | Foley, MO Physical Therapy

Unfortunately, second ACL tears are common and they can cause life-long repercussions. Included in your treatment program in Foley, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will educate you on how 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 proper form, for example bending at the knees and hips when turning
  • Maintain flexibility
  • Increase your balance
  • Always warm up before sports or other physical activities
  • Always wear appropriate footwear

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

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

ACL Tear in Foley, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to be anxious about your prognosis and road to recovery 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 experienced professionals of Axes Physical Therapy to work alongside you to implement a proven, personalized physical therapy plan to return you 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.

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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