Mehlville, MO

Mehlville, MO

Get back to the activities you love with a customized, empirically-backed rehabilitation plan.

ACL Tear Greater Mehlville, MO. ACL tears can unexpectedly disrupt your active and daily routine. One instant you’re flying down the field, playing your favorite sport or playing with your children, and the next second you’re wondering if you’ll get to play or even go to work again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Mehlville, 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 with you as a team and put in place tailored treatments plans that have been empirically proven to be effective. If you’ve sustained an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Mehlville, MO, contact us online or find the most convenient Axes location for you. We dedicate ourselves to getting every patient positive results and getting you back to what’s most important to you, whether that means burning corners in your local Mehlville, MO flag football league, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.

What is the ACL? | Mehlville, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of durable, flexible connective tissue that attach two bones. The ligaments in the knee help maintain stability in your knee 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 front and back motion of your knee, and the ACL safeguards the tibia from gliding 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 bear weight and range of motion will be impacted. However significant your injury, trust in the Mehlville, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you achieve a complete recovery.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | Mehlville, MO Physical Therapy

There are up to 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 data from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the vast majority of ACL tears occur in non-contact injuries, such as cutting quickly, and the rest are the result 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 coordination is disrupted immediately before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven footing or landing with improper form
  • Colliding with something or someone
  • A sudden reduction in speed or switching direction
  • Pivoting with a firmly planted foot
  • Sustaining a direct hit to the knee

Internal Factors

These have to do with the structure and anatomy of the body. Examples include:

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

While many ACL tears happen in sports, they are also common in falls and work-related injuries. The elderly are also at high risk, as our bodies degenerate as we age. Women are 4-6 times more likely to suffer an ACL tear, likely as a result of anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Mehlville, MO Physical Therapy

After an ACL tear, the pain will likely be at the center of the knee. An ACL tear does not always cause considerable pain unless other parts of the knee were also injured. Some signs that you might have torn your ACL are:

  • Feeling or hearing a pop in your knee
  • Not being able to continue activity
  • Rapid swelling
  • Reduction of range of motion
  • Instability when bearing weight

If you think you’ve sustained an ACL tear, it’s necessary to contact a doctor or a licensed physical therapist in Mehlville, MO to verify your injury and come up with the treatment plan you need to recover. We offer no-cost, no-obligation injury screenings and have a wide network of excellent physicians in Mehlville, 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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How to Treat an ACL Tear | Mehlville, MO Physical Therapy

It is important to get effective and personalized treatment soon after your ACL tear. If you delay, or your treatment is ineffective, 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 reduce pain and inflammation. In an examination, a doctor will assess your mobility, and likely order an MRI to confirm the ACL tear and assess the completeness and grade of your tear.

Because ligaments do not receive blood flow, a complete ACL tear cannot heal by itself. 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 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 their knee to buckle in basic, everyday tasks. ACL surgery is typically 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 in place, your journey back to normalcy and the activities you love is still a long way from over. After surgery, you may 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 Mehlville, MO to optimize your recovery and the success of your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy experts will lead 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 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
  • Perform strength exercises to return you to full strength
  • Potentially implement electrical stimulation as a supplement to the exercises

When you work with the knowledgeable Mehlville, 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 return you to dominating the local flag football league, or just enjoying the ability to climb stairs without any pain.

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

Unfortunately, second ACL tears are common and they can have life-long repercussions. Included in your treatment program in Mehlville, 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:

  • Having a strong core
  • Strengthen your hip and leg muscles
  • Practice correct 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 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 Mehlville, MO are:

ACL Tear in Mehlville, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to be anxious about your what your life will look like in the future 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 knowledgeable professionals of Axes Physical Therapy to work with you to implement a proven, tailor-made physical therapy plan to get you back to the basketball court, 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
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
  • Certified Wellness Coaching

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Brian Wahlig
Front Office Supervisor
Sarah Schroeder
MOTR/L, CHT, Astym Cert
Mandy Carter
MSPT, CMPT, ATC, CWC
Ray Bauer
MSPT, CMPT
Jayne Scanlan
DPT, COMT, CMTPT, FAAOMPT

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