Marlborough, MO

Marlborough, MO

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ACL Tear Greater Marlborough, MO. ACL tears can abruptly obstruct your active routine and daily life. One moment you’re sprinting down the court, competing in your favorite sport or playing with your children, and the next moment you’re wondering if you’ll get to play or even go to work again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Marlborough, 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 create customize, evidence-based treatment plans. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Marlborough, MO, contact us online or find the most convenient Axes location for you. Our priority is getting every patient a positive outcome and getting you back to the things that matter most to you, whether that means breaking defender’s ankles on a Marlborough, MO basketball court, or carrying your children on your shoulders without any pain.

What is the ACL? | Marlborough, 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 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 stabilize the forward and backward motion of your knee, and the ACL impedes the tibia from gliding too far forward on the femur and supplies stability when the knee rotates.

ACL tears can be either partial or complete. Depending on the grade of your ACL tear, your capacity to put weight on your knee and range of motion will be reduced. No Matter how significant your injury, trust in the Marlborough, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully heal.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | Marlborough, 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. They are common in contact sports that demand frequent and rapid cutting and changing directions, such as football, baseball, soccer, and basketball. According to reporting from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, almost three-quarters of ACL tears happen in non-contact injuries, such as cutting rapidly, and the rest are the result of direct blunt force trauma. External and internal factors could both be at play when you sustain an ACL tear:

External Factors

These are when your motion is disrupted just before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven footing or landing with improper form
  • Something or someone bumping into you
  • Instantly decelerating or switching direction
  • Spinning with a firmly planted foot
  • Receiving a direct hit to the knee

Internal Factors

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

  • 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. 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 owing to anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Marlborough, MO Physical Therapy

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

  • A “popping” sensation 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 imperative to contact a doctor or a licensed physical therapist in Marlborough, MO to diagnose your injury and get you the treatment you need. We offer no-cost, no-obligation injury screenings and know many excellent doctors in Marlborough, MO that we can connect you with. Your Axes physical or occupational therapist is an indispensable 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 | Marlborough, MO Physical Therapy

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

In the minutes after your ACL tear, it’s best to 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 mobility, and likely order an MRI to confirm the ACL tear and gauge the completeness and grade of your tear.

Because blood does not flow to ligaments, a complete ACL tear will not be able to regenerate 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. Surgery is the only means available to completely heal an ACL tear. So, surgery is often advisable for younger people, athletes who need a fully healthy ACL in order to play, patients with other serious damage to other parts of their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes pain or weakness when carrying out basic, everyday tasks. 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 may 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 Marlborough, MO to optimize your recovery and the success of your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy experts will work with you throughout your recovery process with a personalized treatment plan that has been demonstrated to work. As part of your treatment plan, we will:

  • 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
  • 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 return you to full strength
  • Possibly employ electrical stimulation to return strength and flexibility

You have the best chance for a full recovery by actively participating in it and trusting the licensed Marlborough, 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 any pain.

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

Unfortunately, many people suffer a second ACL tear and they can result in permanent consequences. Included in your treatment program in Marlborough, 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:

  • Strengthen your core
  • Strengthen your hip and leg muscles
  • Practice proper form, for instance always landing with your feet directly over your knee
  • Stretch consistently
  • Increase your balance
  • Perform warm-up exercises before sports or other physical activities
  • Always wear appropriate footwear

Our physical therapists devote themselves not only to retuning you to the activities you love, but doing what we can to make certain that you can carry on doing them without being disrupted by another injury.

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

ACL Tear in Marlborough, 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 with you to implement a proven, tailor-made rehabilitation plan to return you to the basketball court, gymnasts’ mat, 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
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • 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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Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Sarah Barker
Front Office
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PT, FAAOMPT, BDN
Stacey Collins
Clinic Director, PT, DPT, CMPT

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