New Melle, MO

New Melle, MO

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ACL Tear Greater New Melle, 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 New Melle, 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 treatments plans that have been empirically proven to be effective. If you’ve sustained an ACL tear, or any other injury, in New Melle, MO, contact us online or locate the most convenient Axes location for you. We dedicate ourselves to getting every patient great results and getting you back to the things that matter most to you, whether that means breaking defender’s ankles on a New Melle, MO basketball court, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament | New Melle, 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 keep your knee stable 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 in tandem to control the front and back movement of your knee, and the ACL stops the tibia from moving 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 your motion will be affected. However serious your injury, trust in the New Melle, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you accomplish a complete recovery.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | New Melle, MO Physical Therapy

There are up to 250,000 ACL injuries in the United States every 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 data 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 the result of direct blunt force trauma. External and internal factors could both contribute to an ACL tear:

External Factors

These are when your coordination is obstructed just before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven ground or landing awkwardly
  • Something or someone knocking into you
  • Instantly decelerating or switching direction
  • Pivoting with a firmly planted foot
  • Sustaining a direct blow to the knee

Internal Factors

These are related to 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 because of anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | New Melle, MO Physical Therapy

When you sustain an ACL tear, you’ll likely feel pain in the middle of the knee. You might not necessarily feel significant pain after an ACL tear unless other constructive damage was done to the knee. Some indicators that you might have torn your ACL are:

  • A “popping” sensation in your knee
  • Not being able to continue activity
  • Rapid swelling
  • Reduction of range of motion
  • Not being able to put any weight on your knee

If you think you’ve suffered an ACL tear, it’s vital to visit a doctor or a licensed physical therapist in New Melle, MO to diagnose your injury and come up with the treatment plan you need to recover. We offer complimentary, no-obligation injury screenings and know many trusted doctors in New Melle, MO that we can refer you to. Your Axes physical or occupational therapist is an essential part of your recovery team, working closely with you and your doctors and medical providers to collaborate on your safe and efficient recovery.

ACL Tear Therapy New Melle, MO | Physical and Occupational Therapy Near New Melle

ACL Tear Treatments | New Melle, MO Physical Therapy

It is important to get prompt, effective, personalized treatment for your ACL tear. If your injury does not heal don’t, it can result in health conditions like obesity or osteoarthritis, which can greatly affect you for the remainder of your life.

In the minutes after your ACL tear, you should use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to alleviate pain and inflammation. A doctor will then examine you, 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.

Because ligaments do not receive blood flow, a complete ACL tear will not be able to regenerate 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 necessary for younger people, athletes who need a fully healthy ACL in order to play, patients whose ACL tears were accompanied by other significant injury to other parts of their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes their knee to buckle in 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’ll probably 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 New Melle, MO to optimize your recovery and the success of your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy professionals will be by your side throughout your recovery process with proven, customized physical therapy. As part of your treatment plan, we will:

  • Reduce pain and swelling
  • Educate you on your injury and the rehab process
  • Gradually and successfully get you back to bearing weight
  • Provide you with a brace and teach you how to safely use it
  • Perform movement exercises and balance exercises to return mobility
  • Do strength exercises to increase strength
  • Possibly employ electrical stimulation to return strength and flexibility

When you work with the knowledgeable New Melle, MO area physical therapists of Axes and take an active role in your rehabilitation, you have the greatest chance of a complete and timely recovery. Before you know it, we will return you to tearing up the local flag football league, or just enjoying being able to to sit down and stand up without feeling any instability in your knee.

How to Prevent an ACL Tear | New Melle, MO Physical Therapy

Unfortunately, many people suffer a second ACL tear and they can result in life-long repercussions. Included in your treatment program in New Melle, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will educate you on how to avoid another ACL tear in the future. 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 proper technique, for example always landing with your feet directly over your knee
  • Maintain flexibility
  • Increase your balance
  • Always warm up 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 ensure that you can continue doing them without being upended by another injury.

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

ACL Tear in New Melle, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to be nervous about your prognosis and road to recovery after being seriously injured. 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 produce 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 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
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy, McKenzie
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Addie Kersting
Front Office Supervisor
Julie Freiner
OTR/L, CHT
Samantha Bixby
PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Farren Holman
PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Matt Williams
MS, OTR/L, ATC/L
Jeff Hunter
Clinic Director, PT, Cert. MDT, MBA

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