Marthasville, MO

Marthasville, MO

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ACL Tear Greater Marthasville, 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 to work again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Marthasville, MO, we have devoted our practice to helping our patients regain their strength and mobility, and getting them back to the activities they love. Our ACL tear rehabilitation specialists work with you as a team and create tailored treatments plans that have been empirically proven to be effective. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Marthasville, MO, contact us online or find the most convenient Axes location for you. We focus on getting every patient a positive outcome and getting you back to the things that matter most to you, whether that means dominating your local Marthasville, MO pickleball league, or carrying your children on your shoulders without any pain.

What is the ACL? | Marthasville, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of durable, pliable fibrous tissue that connect two bones. The ligaments in the knee work to keep your knee stable by affixing your tibia (shinbone) to your femur (thigh bone). The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, is in the center of your knee and crosses the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) so they make an “x”. The ACL and PCL work in concert to control the front and back movement of your knee, and the ACL impedes the tibia from sliding too far forward on the femur and supplies 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 capacity to put weight on your knee and your motion will be affected. However significant your injury, trust in the Marthasville, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully heal.

Causes of an ACL Tear | Marthasville, MO Physical Therapy

There are as many as 250,000 ACL injuries in the United States each 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 reporting from 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 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 interrupted immediately before the injury. Some examples are:

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

Internal Factors

These concern the structure and anatomy of the body. 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 sustain an ACL tear, likely owing to anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Marthasville, MO Physical Therapy

After an ACL tear, the pain will likely be in the middle of the knee. An ACL tear does not always cause sever pain unless other structural damage was done to the knee. Some indicators that you may have torn your ACL are:

  • A “popping” sensation or sound in your knee
  • Having to stop activity
  • Your knee becoming inflamed quickly
  • Reduction of range of motion
  • Not being able to bear weight your knee

If you suspect you’ve suffered an ACL tear, it’s crucial to reach out to a physician or a licensed physical therapist in Marthasville, MO to confirm your injury and start the treatment you need to recover. We offer free, no strings attached injury screenings and have a wide network of excellent physicians in Marthasville, 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 | Marthasville, MO Physical Therapy

It is important to get prompt, effective, personalized treatment for your ACL tear. If you don’t, it can cause complications such as obesity or osteoarthritis, which can greatly affect your quality of life.

Directly following your ACL tear, you should use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to mitigate pain and swelling. A doctor will then examine you, assess your mobility, and likely order an MRI to confirm the ACL tear and judge the completeness and grade of your tear.

As there is no blood flow to the ligament, a complete ACL tear cannot heal 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 recommended for younger people, athletes who need their knee reconstructed in order to play, patients with other serious injury 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, you still have a long way to go before you’ll feel fully back to normal. 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 Marthasville, MO to optimize your recovery and the success of your surgery. Our ACL tear physical therapy experts will guide you through your recovery process with proven, customized physical therapy. As part of your treatment plan, we will:

  • Alleviate 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
  • Provide you with a brace and teach you how to safely use it
  • Perform movement exercises and balance exercises to return mobility
  • Perform strength exercises to return you to full strength
  • Potentially utilize electrical stimulation to return strength and flexibility

When you work with the experienced Marthasville, MO area physical therapists of Axes and take an active role in your recovery, you have the best chance of a complete and timely recovery. Before you know it, we will get you back to tearing up the local flag football league, or just enjoying being able to to sit down and stand up without your knee buckling.

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

Unfortunately, many people sustain a second ACL tear and they can result in life-long repercussions. Included in your treatment program in Marthasville, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will educate you on how to avoid another ACL tear down the road. Some of the preventive methods you can take in order to prevent further injury are:

  • Strengthen your core
  • Having strong hip and leg muscles
  • Practice correct form, for example always landing with your feet directly over your knee
  • Maintain flexibility
  • Perform balance exercises
  • 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 what we can to make sure that you stay off the sidelines.

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

ACL Tear in Marthasville, 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 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 in concert with you to design a proven, tailor-made physical therapy plan to get you back to the football field, bowling alley, 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

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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.
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Front Office

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