Parkdale, MO

Parkdale, MO

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ACL Tear Greater Parkdale, MO. ACL tears can suddenly upend your active and daily routine. One instant you’re flying down the court, competing in your favorite sport or having fun with your children, and the next instant you’re thinking about whether you’ll get to play or even go back to your job again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Parkdale, 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 concert with you as a team and develop personalized treatments plans that have been empirically proven to be effective. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Parkdale, MO, contact us online or locate the most convenient Axes location for you. Our priority is getting every patient a positive outcome and getting you back to what’s most important to you, whether that means breaking defender’s ankles on a Parkdale, MO basketball court, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.

What is the ACL? | Parkdale, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of tough, flexible connective tissue that attach two bones. The ligaments in the knee help 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 stabilize the front and back movement of your knee, and the ACL impedes the tibia from slipping too far forward on the femur and provides rotational stability.

ACL tears can be either partial or complete. Depending on the grade of your ACL tear, your ability to bear weight and range of motion will be reduced. However significant your injury, trust in the Parkdale, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully heal.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | Parkdale, 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 the most likely to get ACL tears. According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, 70% of ACL tears occur in non-contact injuries, such as cutting rapidly, and the rest are caused by 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 movement is interrupted just before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven ground or landing with improper form
  • Something or someone knocking into you
  • A sudden reduction in speed or changing direction
  • Spinning with a firmly planted foot
  • Receiving a direct hit to the knee

Internal Factors

These concern the structure and anatomy of the body. Some examples are:

  • The anatomical differences between men and women
  • Flexibility of the hamstring
  • Genetic variations

ACL tears don’t just happen in sports, falls and work-related injuries can hurt they ACL too. The elderly are also at high risk, as our bodies degenerate as we age. Women are 4-6 times more likely to sustain an ACL tear, likely as a result of anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Parkdale, MO Physical Therapy

After an ACL tear, the pain will likely be at the center of the knee. You might not necessarily feel significant pain after an ACL tear unless other constructive damage was done to the knee. Some signals that you might have sustained an ACL tear are:

  • Feeling or hearing a pop in your knee
  • Having to stop activity
  • Rapid swelling
  • Reduction of range of motion
  • Instability when putting weight on your knee

If you suspect you’ve sustained an ACL tear, it’s important to reach out to a physician or a licensed physical therapist in Parkdale, MO to confirm your injury and get you the treatment you need. We offer complimentary, no-obligation injury screenings and know many trusted doctors in Parkdale, MO that we can refer you to. Your Axes physical or occupational therapist is a fundamental part of your recovery team, working closely with you and your doctors and medical providers to collaborate on your safe and efficient recovery.

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How to Treat an ACL Tear | Parkdale, MO Physical Therapy

It is imperative to get effective and personalized treatment soon after your ACL tear. If you delay, or your treatment is ineffective, it can result in problems like obesity or osteoarthritis, which can greatly affect your quality of life.

Directly following your ACL tear, it’s best to use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to manage pain and swelling. In an examination, a doctor will evaluate your range of motion, and likely order an MRI or other tests to confirm the ACL tear and judge the completeness and grade of your tear.

Because ligaments do not receive blood flow, a complete ACL tear cannot regenerate 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. Surgery is the only means available to completely heal an ACL tear. So, surgery is often the best option for younger people, athletes who need their knee reconstructed in order to perform, patients whose ACL tears were accompanied by other significant damage to other parts of their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes pain or weakness when carrying out basic, everyday activities. In an ACL surgery, a surgeon will remove the damaged 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 may 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 Parkdale, MO to get you a positive outcome for both your recovery and your surgery. Our ACL tear physical therapy professionals 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
  • 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
  • Do movement exercises and balance exercises to increase mobility
  • Perform strength exercises to increase strength
  • Possibly 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 expert Parkdale, MO area physical therapists of Axes. Before you know it, we will return you to dominating the local pickleball 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 | Parkdale, MO Physical Therapy

Unfortunately, many people suffer a second ACL tear and they can have life-long consequences. Included in your treatment program in Parkdale, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will help you understand the best practices that help to avoid another ACL tear down the road. We recommend some of the following steps to prevent further injury:

  • Having a strong core
  • Having strong hip and leg muscles
  • Practice proper form, for instance keeping knees shoulder width apart while landing
  • Maintain flexibility
  • Increase your balance
  • 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 getting you back to the things you love to do, but doing what we can to make sure that you can continue doing them without being upended by another injury.

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ACL Tear in Parkdale, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to be nervous about your what your life will look like in the future 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 alongside you to design a proven, customized physical therapy plan to return you to the football field, 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
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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