Ranken, MO

Ranken, MO

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ACL Tear Greater Ranken, MO. ACL tears have an enormous effect on your active routine and daily life. 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 Ranken, 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 in concert with you as a team and put in place tailored, evidence-based treatment plans. If you’ve sustained an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Ranken, MO, contact us online or find the most convenient Axes location for you. We dedicate ourselves to getting every patient a positive outcome and getting you back to what’s most important to you, whether that means burning corners in your local Ranken, MO flag football league, or carrying your children on your shoulders without any pain.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament | Ranken, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of durable, pliable connective tissue that attach 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 in tandem to stabilize the front and back motion of your knee, and the ACL safeguards the tibia from moving too far forward on the femur and supplies rotational stability.

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 motion will be affected. No Matter how serious your injury, trust in the Ranken, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully heal.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | Ranken, MO Physical Therapy

There are as many as 250,000 ACL injuries in the United States 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 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 quickly, and the rest are the result of direct blunt force trauma. External and internal factors could both contribute to an ACL tear:

External Factors

These are when your motion is disrupted immediately before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven footing or landing with improper form
  • Colliding with something or someone
  • Suddenly decelerating or changing direction
  • Swiveling with a firmly planted foot
  • Suffering a direct hit to the knee

Internal Factors

These concern the structure and anatomy of the knee and legs. Examples include:

  • The anatomical differences between men and women
  • How flexible the hamstring and other surrounding muscles are
  • Differences in genetics

ACL tears don’t just transpire in sports, falls and work-related injuries can hurt they ACL as well. They can become more common as we age and our bodies weaken. Women are 4-6 times more likely to suffer an ACL tear, likely due to anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Ranken, MO Physical Therapy

When you suffer an ACL tear, you’ll likely feel pain 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 indicators that you might have torn your ACL include:

  • A “popping” sensation in your knee
  • Inability to continue activity
  • Your knee becoming inflamed quickly
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Instability when bearing weight

If you suspect you’ve sustained an ACL tear, it’s imperative to see a physician or a licensed physical therapist in Ranken, MO to verify your injury and get you the treatment you need. We offer free, no strings attached injury screenings and have a great network of trusted physicians in Ranken, MO that we can connect you with. 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 | Ranken, MO Physical Therapy

It is imperative to get effective and personalized treatment soon after your ACL tear. If your injury does not heal properly, it can lead to problems like obesity or osteoarthritis, which can significantly impact your quality of life.

In the minutes after your ACL tear, you should use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to alleviate pain and inflammation. In an examination, a doctor will assess 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 ligaments do not receive blood flow, a complete ACL tear will not be able to heal 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 necessary for younger people, athletes who need their knee reconstructed in order to play, 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, 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 have weakened. Axes Physical Therapy offers both pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation for ACL tears in Ranken, 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:

  • Alleviate pain and swelling
  • Provide patient education so you understand your injury and why our methods work
  • Gradually and effectively 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 increase range of motion
  • Do strength exercises to return you to full strength
  • Potentially use electrical stimulation to return strength and flexibility

You have the best chance for a full recovery by actively participating in it and trusting the expert Ranken, MO area physical therapists of Axes. Before you know it, we will return you to dominating the local flag football league, or just enjoying the ability to sit down and stand up without feeling any instability in your knee.

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

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

  • Having a strong core
  • Strengthen your hip and leg muscles
  • Practice proper technique, for example bending at the knees and hips when turning
  • Maintain flexibility
  • Perform balance exercises
  • Always warm up before sports or other physical activities
  • Always wear appropriate footwear

Our physical therapists devote themselves not only to retuning you to the things you love to do, but doing everything possible to make sure that you can carry on doing them without being disrupted by another injury.

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

ACL Tear in Ranken, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to be nervous about your what your life will look like in the future after suffering a severe injury. 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, personalized physical therapy plan to return you to the football field, 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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