Preston Woods, MO

Preston Woods, MO

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ACL Tear Greater Preston Woods, MO. ACL tears have a tremendous effect on your active and daily routine. One instant you’re sprinting down the court, playing your favorite sport or having fun with your kids, and the next instant you’re wondering if you’ll get to play or even go to work again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Preston Woods, MO, we have dedicated 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 design personalized treatments plans that have been empirically proven to be effective. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Preston Woods, MO, contact us online or find the most convenient Axes location for you. Our priority is getting every patient positive results and getting you back to the things that matter most to you, whether that means breaking defender’s ankles on a Preston Woods, MO basketball court, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.

What is the ACL? | Preston Woods, 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 maintain stability in your knee by connecting 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 motion of your knee, and the ACL shields the tibia from sliding too far forward on the femur and supplies 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 impacted. Regardless of how serious your injury, trust in the Preston Woods, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you reach a complete recovery.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | Preston Woods, MO Physical Therapy

There are as many as 250,000 ACL injuries in the United States each year, 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 occur in non-contact injuries, such as cutting rapidly, and the rest are the result of 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
  • Being hit by something or someone
  • A sudden reduction in speed or changing direction
  • Swiveling with a firmly planted foot
  • Sustaining 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
  • Flexibility of the hamstring
  • Genetic variations

ACL tears don’t just happen in sports, falls and work-related injuries can hurt 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 as a result of anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Preston Woods, MO Physical Therapy

Following an ACL tear, you’ll likely feel pain in the middle of the knee. You might not necessarily feel considerable pain after an ACL tear except if other constructive damage was done to the knee. Some signals that you might have torn your ACL are:

  • Feeling or hearing a pop in your knee
  • Not being able to continue 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 crucial to visit a physician or a licensed physical therapist in Preston Woods, MO to diagnose your injury and get you the treatment you need. We offer no-cost, no strings attached injury screenings and have a wide network of trusted physicians in Preston Woods, 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 | Preston Woods, MO Physical Therapy

It is essential to get prompt, effective, personalized treatment for your ACL tear. If you don’t, it can cause complications such as obesity or osteoarthritis, which can significantly impact how you live your life.

Immediately after your ACL tear, you should use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to mitigate pain and swelling. In an examination, a doctor will evaluate your mobility, and likely order an MRI or other tests to verify the ACL tear and judge the completeness and grade of your tear.

Because blood does not flow to ligaments, a complete ACL tear cannot regenerate on its own. That is why the aid of a licensed professional physical therapist is necessary to get back to the activities you love. The only way to fully repair an ACL tear is through surgery. So, surgery is often necessary for younger people, athletes who need a fully healthy ACL in order to perform, patients whose ACL tears were accompanied by other serious damage to other parts of their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes pain or weakness when carrying out basic, everyday tasks. In an ACL surgery, a surgeon will remove the torn 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 in place, 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 Preston Woods, MO to get you a positive outcome for both your physical rehabilitation and your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy experts will lead you through your recovery process with proven, customized physical therapy. Our treatment methods will help to:

  • Mitigate pain and swelling
  • Educate you on your injury and the rehab process
  • Gradually and effectively get you back to bearing weight
  • Fit you for a brace and teach you how to safely use it
  • Do movement exercises and balance exercises to increase range of motion
  • Perform strength exercises to increase strength
  • Potentially 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 Preston Woods, MO area physical therapists of Axes. Before you know it, we will get you back to tearing up the local flag football league, or just enjoying being able to to sit down and stand up without your knee buckling.

How to Prevent an ACL Tear | Preston Woods, MO Physical Therapy

Unfortunately, second ACL tears are common and they can result in permanent repercussions. Included in your treatment program in Preston Woods, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will educate you on how to avoid another ACL tear in the future. 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 correct technique, for example 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 committed themselves not only to getting you back to the activities you love, but doing what we can to ensure that you stay off the sidelines.

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

ACL Tear in Preston Woods, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to be apprehensive about your your 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 implement a proven, tailor-made physical therapy plan to get you back to the basketball court, 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
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Julie Freiner
OTR/L, CHT
Matt Williams
MS, OTR/L, ATC/L
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