Parkway, MO

Parkway, MO

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

ACL Tear Greater Parkway, MO. ACL tears can abruptly obstruct your active and daily routine. 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 back to your job again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Parkway, 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 with you as a team and design tailored, empirically-backed treatment plans. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Parkway, MO, contact us online or check out the most convenient Axes location for you. Our mission is getting every patient great results and getting you back to the things that matter most to you, whether that means dominating your local Parkway, MO pickleball league, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.

What is the ACL? | Parkway, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of tough, pliable fibrous tissue that affix 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 concert to stabilize the front and back movement of your knee, and the ACL stops 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 capacity to bear weight and range of motion will be impacted. Regardless of how significant your injury, trust in the Parkway, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully heal.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | Parkway, MO Physical Therapy

There are as many as 250,000 ACL injuries nationwide 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, almost three-quarters 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 movement is disrupted immediately before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven footing or landing awkwardly
  • Something or someone knocking into you
  • Suddenly decelerating or switching direction
  • Spinning with a firmly planted foot
  • Sustaining a direct hit to the knee

Internal Factors

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

  • The anatomical differences between men and women
  • Flexibility of the hamstring
  • Differences in genetics

ACL tears don’t just occur in sports, falls and work-related injuries can harm they ACL as well. 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 owing to anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Parkway, MO Physical Therapy

When you suffer an ACL tear, the pain will likely be at the center of the knee. An ACL tear does not always cause significant pain unless other parts of the knee were also injured. Some signals that you might have sustained an ACL tear include:

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

If you suspect you’ve suffered an ACL tear, it’s critical to visit a physician or a licensed physical therapist in Parkway, MO to diagnose your injury and start the treatment you need to recover. We offer complimentary, no-obligation injury screenings and work with many trusted physicians in Parkway, 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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ACL Tear Treatments | Parkway, MO Physical Therapy

It is imperative to get prompt, effective, personalized treatment for your ACL tear. If your injury does not heal properly, it can cause health conditions like obesity or osteoarthritis, which can greatly affect you for the remainder of 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 assess your mobility, and likely order an MRI or other tests to confirm the ACL tear and gauge the extent of the injury.

As there is no blood flow to the ligament, a complete ACL tear will not be able to regenerate on its own. That is why the aid of a licensed professional physical therapist is necessary to return to the activities you love. Surgery is the only means available to completely heal an ACL tear. So, surgery is often advisable for younger people, athletes who need their knee reconstructed in order to play, patients whose ACL tears were accompanied by other serious injury to their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes pain or weakness when performing basic, everyday tasks. 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, 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 Parkway, MO to get you the best results for both your recovery and your surgery. Our ACL tear physical therapy specialists 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 allow you to put weight on your knee again
  • Provide you with a brace and teach you how to safely use it
  • Perform movement exercises and balance exercises to return range of motion
  • Do strength exercises to return you to full strength
  • Potentially utilize electrical stimulation as a supplement to the exercises

When you work with the experienced Parkway, MO area physical therapists of Axes and take an active role in your rehabilitation, you have the best chance of a complete and quick recovery. Before you know it, we will get you back to dominating the local pick-up league, or just enjoying the ability to climb stairs without feeling any instability in your knee.

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

Unfortunately, many people sustain a second ACL tear and they can lead to life-long consequences. Included in your treatment program in Parkway, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will educate you on how to avoid another ACL tear down the road. We recommend some of the following steps to prevent further injury:

  • Strengthen your core
  • Having strong hip and leg muscles
  • Practice correct form, for example bending at the knees and hips when turning
  • Maintain flexibility
  • Increase your balance
  • Always warm up before sports or other physical activities
  • Make sure you are using appropriate footwear

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

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ACL Tear in Parkway, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to be nervous about your your future after being seriously injured. If you’ve sustained an ACL tear, you probably want to get back to your normal, active lifestyle as quickly as possible. Trust in the experienced professionals of Axes Physical Therapy to work alongside you to create a proven, customized rehabilitation plan to get you back to the football field, 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
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Advanced Work Rehabilitation
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Vestibular Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFR)

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Danielle O’Rando
Front Office
Kelsey Kessler
PT, DPT, Astym. Cert.
Sharon Titter
Clinic Director, MPT

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