House Spring, MO

House Spring, MO

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ACL Tear Greater House Spring, MO. ACL tears have a tremendous effect on 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 back to your job again. At Axes Physical Therapy in House Spring, 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 in tandem with you as a team and develop tailored treatments plans that have been empirically proven to be effective. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in House Spring, MO, contact us online or find the most convenient Axes location for you. Our mission is getting every patient positive results and getting you back to the things that matter most to you, whether that means breaking defender’s ankles on a House Spring, MO basketball court, or carrying your children on your shoulders without any pain.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament | House Spring, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of durable, flexible fibrous tissue that attach 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, runs down the center of your knee and forms an “X” with the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). The ACL and PCL work together to stabilize the forward and backward motion of your knee, and the ACL prevents 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 range of motion will be reduced. No Matter how serious your injury, trust in the House Spring, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully recover.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | House Spring, 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 reporting from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, almost three-quarters of ACL tears occur in non-contact injuries, such as changing direction rapidly, and the rest are the result of direct blunt force trauma. External and internal factors could both be at play when you suffer an ACL tear:

External Factors

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

  • Landing on uneven ground or landing awkwardly
  • Being hit by something or someone
  • A sudden reduction in speed or switching direction
  • Spinning with a firmly planted foot
  • Sustaining a direct hit to the knee

Internal Factors

These concern the structure and anatomy of the knee and legs. Some examples are:

  • The anatomical differences between men and women
  • Flexibility of the hamstring
  • Genetic differences

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 sustain an ACL tear, likely as a result of anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | House Spring, 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 unless other parts of the knee were also injured. Some signals that you may have suffered an ACL tear are:

  • A “popping” sensation in your knee
  • Inability 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 visit a physician or a licensed physical therapist in House Spring, MO to verify your injury and come up with the treatment plan you need to recover. We offer free, no strings attached injury screenings and have a great network of excellent doctors in House Spring, MO that we can refer you to. Your Axes physical or occupational therapist is an integral 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 | House Spring, MO Physical Therapy

It is imperative to get prompt, effective, personalized treatment for your ACL tear. If you wait, or your treatment is ineffective, it can lead to problems 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 inflammation. A doctor will then examine you, assess your mobility, and likely order an MRI or other tests to verify the ACL tear and gauge the completeness and grade of your tear.

Because ligaments do not receive blood flow, a complete ACL tear cannot heal on its own. That is why the aid of a licensed professional physical therapist is necessary to return to the activities you love. The only way to fully repair an ACL tear is through surgery. So, surgery is often necessary for younger people, athletes who need their knee reconstructed in order to perform, patients whose ACL tears were accompanied by other significant damage to their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes their knee to buckle in basic, everyday tasks. 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’ll likely 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 House Spring, MO to get you a positive outcome for both your recovery and your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy specialists will guide you through your recovery process with a personalized treatment plan that has been proven to work. Our treatment methods will help to:

  • Reduce pain and swelling
  • Educate you on your injury and the rehab process
  • Gradually and successfully get you back to bearing weight
  • 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 increase strength
  • Possibly utilize electrical stimulation to return strength and flexibility

When you work with the knowledgeable House Spring, MO area physical therapists of Axes and take an active role in your recovery, you have the greatest chance of a complete and timely recovery. Before you know it, we will get you back to dominating the local pickleball league, or just enjoying the ability to climb stairs without feeling any instability in your knee.

How to Prevent an ACL Tear | House Spring, MO Physical Therapy

Unfortunately, second ACL tears are common and they can lead to permanent repercussions. Included in your treatment program in House Spring, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will educate you on how to avoid another ACL tear later on. 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
  • Increase your balance
  • Always warm up before sports or other physical activities
  • Make sure you are using appropriate footwear

Our physical therapists dedicate themselves not only to getting you back to the things you love to do, but doing everything possible to make sure that you stay off the sidelines.

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

ACL Tear in House Spring, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to be apprehensive about your prognosis and road to recovery 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 in concert with you to design a proven, tailor-made physical therapy plan to return you 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.

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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