Peerless Park, MO

Peerless Park, MO

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ACL Tear Greater Peerless Park, MO. ACL tears can unexpectedly disrupt your active routine and daily life. One second you’re running down the field, competing in your favorite sport or having fun with your kids, and the next second you’re don’t know if you’ll get to play or even go back to your job again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Peerless Park, MO, we have devoted 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 create customize treatments plans that have been empirically proven to be effective. If you’ve sustained an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Peerless Park, MO, contact us online or locate the most convenient Axes location for you. Our mission is getting every patient positive results and getting you back to what’s most important to you, whether that means dominating your local Peerless Park, MO pickleball league, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament | Peerless Park, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of tough, flexible 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, 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 stabilize the forward and backward motion of your knee, and the ACL shields the tibia from slipping too far forward on the femur and supplies stability when the knee rotates.

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. No Matter how significant your injury, trust in the Peerless Park, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully heal.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | Peerless Park, MO Physical Therapy

There are as many as 250,000 ACL injuries nationwide annually, 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 rapidly, and the rest are due to direct blunt force trauma. External and internal factors could both contribute to an ACL tear:

External Factors

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

  • Landing on uneven footing or landing with improper form
  • Something or someone bumping into you
  • 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
  • Flexibility of the hamstring
  • Differences in genetics

While many ACL tears occur 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 owing to anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Peerless Park, MO Physical Therapy

After an ACL tear, you’ll likely feel pain in the middle 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 might have torn your ACL include:

  • Feeling or hearing a pop in your knee
  • Having to cease activity
  • Your knee becoming inflamed quickly
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Instability when putting weight on your knee

If you suspect you’ve sustained an ACL tear, it’s crucial to see a doctor or a licensed physical therapist in Peerless Park, MO to confirm your injury and start the treatment you need to recover. We offer no-cost, no strings attached injury screenings and work with many excellent doctors in Peerless Park, MO that we can connect you with. Your Axes physical or occupational therapist, your doctor and medical providers, and you will join forces and work together to ensure your recovery is safe and efficient.

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ACL Tear Treatments | Peerless Park, MO Physical Therapy

It is vital to get effective and personalized treatment soon after your ACL tear. If your injury does not heal properly, it can lead to problems such as obesity or osteoarthritis, which can greatly affect your quality of life.

Immediately after your ACL tear, it’s best to use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to mitigate pain and inflammation. A doctor will then examine you, evaluate your mobility, and likely order an MRI or other tests to verify the ACL tear and judge the extent of the injury.

Because blood does not flow to ligaments, a complete ACL tear cannot heal 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 the best option for younger people, athletes who need a fully healthy ACL in order to play, patients with other serious injury to their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes pain or weakness when carrying out basic, everyday tasks. 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, your journey back to normalcy and the activities you love is still a long way from over. After surgery, you may be given crutches so you can get around for the next few weeks, as your quadriceps muscles will weaken from disuse. Axes Physical Therapy offers both pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation for ACL tears in Peerless Park, MO to get you the best results for both your physical rehabilitation and your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy experts 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
  • Fit you for a brace and teach you how to safely use it
  • Perform movement exercises and balance exercises to return 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 licensed Peerless Park, MO area physical therapists of Axes. Before you know it, we will get you back to tearing up the local softball league, or just enjoying the ability to climb stairs without your knee buckling.

How to Prevent an ACL Tear | Peerless Park, MO Physical Therapy

Unfortunately, second ACL tears are common and they can lead to permanent consequences. As part of our ACL tear physical therapy services in Peerless Park, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will educate you on how to avoid another ACL tear down the line. Some of the preventive methods you can take in order to prevent further injury are:

  • Having a strong core
  • Strengthen your hip and leg muscles
  • Practice proper technique, for instance bending at the knees and hips when turning
  • 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 retuning you to the activities you love, but doing what we can to ensure that you can carry on doing them without being interrupted by another injury.

Some of the other services we offer in Peerless Park, MO are:

ACL Tear in Peerless Park, 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 knowledgeable professionals of Axes Physical Therapy to work in concert with you to design a proven, personalized rehabilitation plan to return you to the basketball court, bowling alley, 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
  • 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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