Pinckney, MO

Pinckney, MO

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ACL Tear Greater Pinckney, MO. ACL tears have an enormous effect on your active and daily routine. One second you’re flying down the court, competing in your favorite sport or playing with your kids, and the next moment you’re thinking about whether you’ll get to play or even go back to your job again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Pinckney, MO, we have devoted 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 put in place customize, empirically-backed treatment plans. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Pinckney, MO, contact us online or locate the most convenient Axes location for you. We dedicate ourselves to getting every patient positive results and getting you back to what’s most important to you, whether that means breaking defender’s ankles on a Pinckney, MO basketball court, or carrying your children on your shoulders without any pain.

What is the ACL? | Pinckney, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of durable, flexible connective tissue that connect two bones. The ligaments in the knee help maintain stability in your knee 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 together to control the forward and backward movement 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 capacity to put weight on your knee and your movement will be affected. No Matter how serious your injury, trust in the Pinckney, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully recover.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | Pinckney, 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. They are common in contact sports that require frequent and rapid cutting and changing directions, such as football, baseball, soccer, and basketball. According to 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 be at play when you suffer an ACL tear:

External Factors

These are when your movement is disrupted just before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven ground or landing awkwardly
  • Something or someone knocking into you
  • Instantly decelerating or switching direction
  • Swiveling with a firmly planted foot
  • Receiving a direct hit to the knee

Internal Factors

These are related to the structure and anatomy of the body. Examples include:

  • The anatomical differences between men and women
  • How flexible the hamstring and other surrounding muscles are
  • Genetic variations

While many ACL tears transpire 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 | Pinckney, MO Physical Therapy

When you suffer an ACL tear, the pain will likely be in the middle of the knee. You might not necessarily feel considerable pain after an ACL tear except if other parts of the knee were also injured. Some signals that you might have sustained an ACL tear are:

  • Feeling or hearing a pop in your knee
  • Having to cease activity
  • Your knee becoming inflamed quickly
  • Reduction of range of motion
  • Not being able to bear weight your knee

If you think you’ve sustained an ACL tear, it’s imperative to see a physician or a licensed physical therapist in Pinckney, MO to verify your injury and come up with the treatment plan you need to recover. We offer free, no-obligation injury screenings and know many trusted doctors in Pinckney, 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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How to Treat an ACL Tear | Pinckney, MO Physical Therapy

It is essential to get effective and personalized treatment soon after your ACL tear. If your injury does not heal don’t, it can result in problems such as 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 manage pain and inflammation. 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 completeness and grade of your tear.

As there is no blood flow to the ligament, a complete ACL tear cannot heal by itself. 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 the best option for younger people, athletes who need their knee reconstructed in order to play, 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 performing basic, everyday tasks. 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 be given crutches so you can get around for the next few weeks, as your quadriceps muscles will have weakened. Axes Physical Therapy offers both pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation for ACL tears in Pinckney, MO to optimize your recovery and the success of your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy specialists will work with you throughout your recovery process with proven, customized physical therapy. Our treatment methods will help to:

  • Alleviate pain and swelling
  • Provide patient education so you understand your injury and why our methods work
  • Gradually and successfully get you back to bearing weight
  • Fit you for a brace and teach you how to safely use it
  • Perform movement exercises and balance exercises to return range of motion
  • Perform strength exercises to return you to full strength
  • Potentially utilize electrical stimulation to return strength and flexibility

When you work with the knowledgeable Pinckney, MO area physical therapists of Axes and take an active role in your recovery, you have the best chance of a complete and efficient recovery. Before you know it, we will get you back to tearing up the local pick-up 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 | Pinckney, MO Physical Therapy

Unfortunately, many people sustain a second ACL tear and they can result in life-long consequences. As part of our ACL tear physical therapy services in Pinckney, 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:

  • Having a strong core
  • Having strong hip and leg muscles
  • Practice correct technique, for instance bending at the knees and hips when turning
  • Stretch consistently
  • 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 things you love to do, but doing what we can to make sure that you stay off the sidelines.

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

ACL Tear in Pinckney, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to experience anxieties about your what your life will look like in the future after suffering a severe injury. 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 in concert with you to design a proven, customized physical therapy plan to get you back 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
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Vestibular Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Video Motion Analysis
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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OTR/L, CEAS
Brittany Stapp
Front Office Supervisor
Buddy Pich
PT, CMPT
Sara Dowil
OTR/L, CHT
Mike Faris
PT, CMPT
Emily Helton
PT, DPT, CMPT, Astym Cert.
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Front Office

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