Manchester, MO

Manchester, MO

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ACL Tear Greater Manchester, MO. ACL tears can suddenly upend your active and daily routine. One instant you’re running down the court, engaging in your favorite sport or playing with your kids, and the next instant you’re don’t know if you’ll get to play or even go back to your job again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Manchester, 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 concert with you as a team and design customize, empirically-backed treatment plans. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Manchester, MO, contact us online or check out the most convenient Axes location for you. Our priority is getting every patient positive results and getting you back to what’s most important to you, whether that means dominating your local Manchester, MO pickleball league, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.

What is the ACL? | Manchester, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of tough, pliable fibrous tissue that connect two bones. The ligaments in the knee work to maintain stability in your knee by attaching 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 control the forward and backward movement of your knee, and the ACL safeguards 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 capacity to put weight on your knee and range of motion will be impacted. Regardless of how severe your injury, trust in the Manchester, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully heal.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | Manchester, MO Physical Therapy

There are up to 250,000 ACL injuries in the United States every year, and it is one of the most common knee injuries and sports injuries. They are common in contact sports that require frequent and rapid cutting and changing directions, such as football, baseball, soccer, and basketball. According to data from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, 70% of ACL tears occur in non-contact injuries, such as cutting quickly, and the rest are caused by direct blows to the knee. External and internal factors could both contribute to an ACL tear:

External Factors

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

  • Landing on uneven ground or landing awkwardly
  • Something or someone bumping into you
  • Instantly decelerating or changing direction
  • Spinning with a firmly planted foot
  • Suffering a direct blow to the knee

Internal Factors

These have to do with the structure and anatomy of the body. Some examples are:

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

ACL tears don’t just transpire in sports, falls and work-related injuries can damage 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 | Manchester, MO Physical Therapy

After an ACL tear, you’ll likely feel pain at the center of the knee. You might not necessarily feel significant pain after an ACL tear unless other parts of the knee were also injured. Some indicators that you might have torn your ACL are:

  • A “popping” sensation in your knee
  • Having to stop activity
  • Rapid swelling
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Not being able to bear weight your knee

If you think you’ve suffered an ACL tear, it’s vital to see a doctor or a licensed physical therapist in Manchester, MO to verify your injury and start the treatment you need to recover. We offer no-cost, no-obligation injury screenings and work with many excellent doctors in Manchester, MO that we can refer you to. 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 | Manchester, MO Physical Therapy

It is important to get effective and personalized treatment soon after your ACL tear. If you don’t, it can lead to health conditions like obesity or osteoarthritis, which can greatly affect your quality of life.

Immediately after your ACL tear, it’s best to use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to mitigate pain and swelling. In an examination, a doctor will evaluate your range of motion, and likely order an MRI or other tests to confirm the ACL tear and judge 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. The only way to fully repair an ACL tear is through surgery. So, surgery is often advisable for younger people, athletes who need their knee reconstructed in order to perform, patients with other serious damage to other parts of 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 injured 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 be given crutches so you can get around for the next few weeks, as your quadriceps muscles will weaken from disuse. Axes Physical Therapy offers both pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation for ACL tears in Manchester, MO to optimize your recovery and the success of your surgery. Our ACL tear physical therapy specialists will work with you throughout your recovery process with a personalized treatment plan that has been proven to work. 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 effectively 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
  • Do strength exercises to return you to full strength
  • Possibly implement electrical stimulation as a supplement to the exercises

You have the best chance for a full recovery by actively participating in it and trusting the licensed Manchester, MO area physical therapists of Axes. Before you know it, we will get you back to dominating the local pick-up league, or just enjoying the ability to climb stairs without your knee buckling.

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

Unfortunately, second ACL tears are common and they can have life-long repercussions. As part of our ACL tear physical therapy services in Manchester, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will help you understand the best practices that help to avoid another ACL tear later on. We recommend some of the following steps to prevent further injury:

  • Having a strong core
  • Having strong hip and leg muscles
  • Practice correct technique, for example bending at the knees and hips when turning
  • Maintain flexibility
  • Perform balance exercises
  • Perform warm-up exercises before sports or other physical activities
  • Make sure you are using appropriate footwear

Our physical therapists devote themselves not only to getting you back to the things you love to do, but doing what we can to make certain that you can carry on doing them without being interrupted by another injury.

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

ACL Tear in Manchester, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to be anxious 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 create a proven, customized 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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