Labadie, MO

Labadie, MO

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ACL Tear Greater Labadie, MO. ACL tears can abruptly obstruct 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 Labadie, MO, we have committed 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 design customize treatments plans that have been empirically proven to be effective. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Labadie, MO, contact us online or find the most convenient Axes location for you. Our priority is getting every patient great results and getting you back to what’s most important to you, whether that means breaking defender’s ankles on a Labadie, MO basketball court, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament | Labadie, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of durable, pliable 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 control the front and back motion of your knee, and the ACL prevents the tibia from sliding too far forward on the femur and provides 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 put weight on your knee and your motion will be affected. However significant your injury, trust in the Labadie, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully recover.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | Labadie, MO Physical Therapy

There are as many as 250,000 ACL injuries nationwide annually, and it is one of the most common knee injuries and sports injuries. They are common in contact sports that demand frequent and fast cutting and changing directions, such as football, baseball, soccer, and basketball. According to data from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, almost three-quarters of ACL tears occur 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:

External Factors

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

  • Landing on uneven ground or landing awkwardly
  • Something or someone knocking into you
  • A sudden reduction in speed or switching direction
  • Swiveling with a firmly planted foot
  • Receiving 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
  • 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 | Labadie, MO Physical Therapy

After an ACL tear, you’ll likely feel pain at the center of the knee. An ACL tear does not always cause sever pain except if other parts of the knee were also injured. Some indicators that you may have sustained an ACL tear include:

  • Feeling or hearing a pop in your knee
  • Having to stop activity
  • Your knee becoming inflamed quickly
  • Reduction of range of motion
  • Instability when bearing weight

If you think you’ve sustained an ACL tear, it’s important to contact a physician or a licensed physical therapist in Labadie, MO to confirm your injury and come up with the treatment plan you need to recover. We offer no-cost, no strings attached injury screenings and know many trusted physicians in Labadie, 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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ACL Tear Treatments | Labadie, MO Physical Therapy

It is essential to get prompt, effective, personalized treatment for your ACL tear. If you delay, or your treatment is ineffective, it can lead to complications like obesity or osteoarthritis, which can greatly affect your quality of life.

Immediately after your ACL tear, you should use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to alleviate pain and swelling. In an examination, a doctor will evaluate your range of motion, and likely order an MRI or other tests to verify the ACL tear and assess the extent of the injury.

As there is no blood flow to the ligament, a complete ACL tear cannot 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. The only way to fully repair an ACL tear is through surgery. So, surgery is often the best option for younger people, athletes who need their knee reconstructed in order to perform, patients with other significant injury to their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes their knee to buckle in basic, everyday tasks. ACL surgery is usually 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’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 Labadie, MO to optimize your recovery and the success of your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy specialists will lead you through your recovery process with a personalized treatment plan that has been proven to work. Our treatment methods will help to:

  • Alleviate 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 increase mobility
  • Perform strength exercises to return you to full strength
  • Potentially use 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 Labadie, MO area physical therapists of Axes. Before you know it, we will get you back to tearing up the local pick-up league, or just enjoying being able to to climb stairs without your knee buckling.

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

Unfortunately, second ACL tears are common and they can result in permanent repercussions. Included in your treatment program in Labadie, 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 correct form, for instance 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 committed themselves not only to getting you back to the things you love to do, but doing everything possible to ensure that you can carry on doing them without being interrupted by another injury.

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

ACL Tear in Labadie, 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 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 produce a proven, tailor-made rehabilitation plan to get you back to the basketball court, 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
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Vestibular Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Video Motion Analysis
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Brittany Stapp
Front Office Supervisor
Buddy Pich
PT, CMPT
Sara Dowil
OTR/L, CHT
Mike Faris
PT, CMPT
Emily Helton
PT, DPT, CMPT, Astym Cert.
Kelly Basler
Front Office

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