Olympian Village, MO

Olympian Village, MO

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

ACL Tear Greater Olympian Village, MO. ACL tears have an enormous effect on your active and daily routine. One instant you’re running down the field, competing in your favorite sport or having fun with your kids, and the next moment you’re don’t know if you’ll get to play or even go to work again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Olympian Village, MO, we have committed 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 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 Olympian Village, MO, contact us online or locate the most convenient Axes location for you. Our mission is getting every patient a positive outcome and getting you back to what’s most important to you, whether that means dominating your local Olympian Village, MO pickleball league, or carrying your children on your shoulders without any pain.

What is the ACL? | Olympian Village, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of durable, pliable connective tissue that attach 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, 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 motion of your knee, and the ACL impedes the tibia from sliding too far forward on the femur and provides stability when the joint rotates.

Most ACL tears are partial, but they can be completely torn as well. Depending on the grade of your ACL tear, your ability to bear weight and your movement will be affected. No Matter how severe your injury, trust in the Olympian Village, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully recover.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | Olympian Village, MO Physical Therapy

There are up to 250,000 ACL injuries nationwide 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 reporting from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, 70% 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 motion is interrupted immediately before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven ground or landing awkwardly
  • Being hit by something or someone
  • A sudden reduction in speed or switching direction
  • Swiveling with a firmly planted foot
  • Suffering a direct blow to the knee

Internal Factors

These have to do with the structure and anatomy of the body. 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 occur 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 | Olympian Village, MO Physical Therapy

After an ACL tear, the pain will likely be at the center of the knee. You might not necessarily feel sever pain after an ACL tear unless other structural damage was done to the knee. Some signals that you may have torn your ACL include:

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

If you think you’ve suffered an ACL tear, it’s important to reach out to a physician or a licensed physical therapist in Olympian Village, MO to confirm your injury and start the treatment you need to recover. We offer free, no-obligation injury screenings and work with many excellent physicians in Olympian Village, MO that we can connect you with. 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 | Olympian Village, 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 problems like obesity or osteoarthritis, which can significantly impact 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 swelling. A doctor will then examine you, evaluate your mobility, and likely order an MRI to confirm 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 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. The only way to fully repair an ACL tear is through surgery. So, surgery is often advisable for younger people, athletes who need a fully functioning ACL in order to play, patients whose ACL tears were accompanied by 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 usually 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, your journey back to normalcy and the activities you love is still a long way from over. After surgery, you’ll likely need crutches to move around, as your quadriceps muscles will have weakened. Axes Physical Therapy offers both pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation for ACL tears in Olympian Village, MO to get you the best results for both your physical rehabilitation and your surgery. Our ACL tear physical therapy specialists will work with you throughout your recovery process with a personalized treatment plan that has been demonstrated to work. Our treatment methods will help to:

  • Alleviate 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
  • Do strength exercises to return you to full strength
  • Potentially utilize 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 professional Olympian Village, MO area physical therapists of Axes. Before you know it, we will return you to dominating the local flag football league, or just enjoying the ability to climb stairs without feeling any instability in your knee.

How to Prevent an ACL Tear | Olympian Village, MO Physical Therapy

Unfortunately, second ACL tears are common and they can lead to life-long consequences. Included in your treatment program in Olympian Village, 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 proper form, for example landing evenly on both feet
  • Maintain flexibility
  • Increase your balance
  • Always warm up before sports or other physical activities
  • Always wear appropriate footwear

Our physical therapists dedicate themselves not only to getting you back to the activities you love, but doing what we can to make sure that you can carry on doing them without being interrupted by another injury.

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

ACL Tear in Olympian Village, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to be nervous 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, personalized physical therapy 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
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Advanced Work Rehabilitation
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Vestibular Therapy/Concussion Management
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Mary McKinney
Front Office
Helen Ziegler
Front Office
Ryan Knuckles
PT, DPT, Astym Cert., Dry Needling Cert.
Mary Headrick
Front Office Associate

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