Old Monroe, MO

Old Monroe, MO

Get back to the activities you value with a personalized, evidence-based rehabilitation plan.

ACL Tear Greater Old Monroe, MO. ACL tears can unexpectedly upend your active routine and daily life. One second you’re running down the field, competing in your favorite sport or playing with your kids, and the next instant you’re wondering if you’ll get to play or even go to work again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Old Monroe, MO, we have committed 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 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 Old Monroe, 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 Old Monroe, MO pickleball league, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament | Old Monroe, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of durable, flexible 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 in tandem to stabilize the forward and backward motion of your knee, and the ACL prevents the tibia from sliding too far forward on the femur and supplies rotational stability.

ACL tears can be either partial or complete. Depending on the grade of your ACL tear, your ability to bear weight and your movement will be affected. However severe your injury, trust in the Old Monroe, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully recover.

Causes of an ACL Tear | Old Monroe, MO Physical Therapy

There are as many as 250,000 ACL injuries in the United States annually, and it is one of the most common knee injuries and sports injuries. They are common in contact sports that entail frequent and fast cutting and switching directions, such as football, baseball, soccer, and basketball. According to data from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, 70% of ACL tears happen in non-contact injuries, such as cutting rapidly, and the rest are because of direct blows to the knee. External and internal factors could both be at play when you suffer an ACL tear:

External Factors

These are when your coordination is interrupted just 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 changing direction
  • Spinning with a firmly planted foot
  • Suffering a direct hit to the knee

Internal Factors

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

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

ACL tears don’t just happen in sports, falls and work-related injuries can damage they ACL too. 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 due to anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Old Monroe, MO Physical Therapy

Following an ACL tear, you’ll likely feel pain at the center of the knee. An ACL tear does not always cause sever pain except if other parts of the knee were also injured. Some indicators that you may have torn your ACL are:

  • A “popping” sensation or sound in your knee
  • Inability to continue activity
  • Your knee becoming inflamed quickly
  • Reduction of range of motion
  • Not being able to put any weight on your knee

If you think you’ve sustained an ACL tear, it’s crucial to visit a physician or a licensed physical therapist in Old Monroe, MO to verify your injury and get you the treatment you need. We offer no-cost, no strings attached injury screenings and work with many trusted physicians in Old Monroe, MO that we can connect you with. Your Axes physical or occupational therapist is an integral 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 Old Monroe, MO | Physical and Occupational Therapy Near Old Monroe

ACL Tear Treatments | Old Monroe, MO Physical Therapy

It is vital to get prompt, effective, personalized treatment for your ACL tear. If your injury does not heal properly, it can result in complications like obesity or osteoarthritis, which can significantly impact how you live your 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 swelling. In an examination, a doctor will evaluate your mobility, and likely order an MRI or other tests to verify the ACL tear and assess the severity of the injury.

Because ligaments do not receive blood flow, a complete ACL tear will not be able to regenerate on its own. 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 recommended for younger people, athletes who need a fully functioning ACL in order to perform, patients whose ACL tears were accompanied by other significant injury to their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes pain or weakness when performing basic, everyday activities. ACL surgery is generally 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 attached, you still have a long way to go before you’ll feel fully back to normal. 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 Old Monroe, MO to get you the best results for both your physical rehabilitation and your surgery. Our ACL tear physical therapy experts will lead you through your recovery process with a personalized treatment plan that has been demonstrated to work. Our treatment methods will help to:

  • Reduce pain and swelling
  • Provide patient education so you understand your injury and why our methods work
  • Gradually and effectively 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 increase range of motion
  • Do strength exercises to return you to full strength
  • Potentially use 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 Old Monroe, MO area physical therapists of Axes. Before you know it, we will return you to tearing up the local softball 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 | Old Monroe, MO Physical Therapy

Unfortunately, second ACL tears are common and they can have permanent consequences. As part of our ACL tear physical therapy services in Old Monroe, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will educate you on how to avoid another ACL tear down the line. We recommend some of the following steps to prevent further injury:

  • Strengthen your core
  • Having strong hip and leg muscles
  • Practice correct technique, for example keeping knees shoulder width apart while landing
  • Stretch consistently
  • Perform balance exercises
  • Perform warm-up exercises before sports or other physical activities
  • Make sure you are using appropriate footwear

Our physical therapists dedicate themselves not only to retuning you to the activities you love, but doing everything possible to make certain that you stay off the sidelines.

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

ACL Tear in Old Monroe, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to be nervous 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 create a proven, personalized physical therapy plan to return you to the basketball court, gymnasts’ mat, 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, 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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