Sappington, MO

Sappington, MO

Get back to the activities you love with a personalized, evidence-based rehabilitation plan.

ACL Tear Greater Sappington, MO. ACL tears have an enormous effect on your active routine and daily life. One instant you’re running down the court, taking part in your favorite sport or having fun with your kids, and the next moment you’re don’t know if you’ll get to play or even go to work again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Sappington, MO, we have dedicated 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 tandem with you as a team and develop customize, evidence-based treatment plans. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Sappington, 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 running the bases in your local Sappington, MO league, or carrying your children on your shoulders without any pain.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament | Sappington, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of durable, pliable fibrous tissue that connect two bones. The ligaments in the knee work to 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 movement of your knee, and the ACL safeguards the tibia from moving 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 bear weight and your motion will be affected. Regardless of how serious your injury, trust in the Sappington, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you reach a complete recovery.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | Sappington, 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, 70% of ACL tears occur in non-contact injuries, such as changing direction quickly, and the rest are due to direct blows to the knee. External and internal factors could both contribute to an ACL tear:

External Factors

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

  • Landing on uneven ground or landing with improper form
  • Something or someone bumping into you
  • Instantly decelerating or switching direction
  • Spinning with a firmly planted foot
  • Sustaining a direct blow to the knee

Internal Factors

These have to do with the structure and anatomy of the knee and legs. Examples include:

  • The differences in anatomy between men and women
  • Flexibility of the hamstring
  • Genetic differences

ACL tears don’t just happen in sports, falls and work-related injuries can damage 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 suffer an ACL tear, likely due to anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Sappington, 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 considerable pain except if other constructive damage was done to the knee. Some indicators that you may have torn your ACL include:

  • Feeling or hearing a pop in your knee
  • Inability to continue activity
  • Rapid swelling
  • 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 crucial to reach out to a doctor or a licensed physical therapist in Sappington, MO to diagnose your injury and get you the treatment you need. We offer complimentary, no-obligation injury screenings and know many excellent doctors in Sappington, 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.

ACL Tear Therapy Sappington, MO | Physical and Occupational Therapy Near Sappington

ACL Tear Treatments | Sappington, MO Physical Therapy

It is vital to get prompt, effective, personalized treatment for your ACL tear. If you delay, or your treatment is ineffective, it can cause problems such as obesity or osteoarthritis, which can greatly affect how you live your life.

Directly following your ACL tear, you should use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to alleviate pain and swelling. A doctor will then examine you, assess your range of motion, and likely order an MRI or other tests to confirm the ACL tear and gauge the severity of the injury.

Because blood does not flow to ligaments, a complete ACL tear will not be able to heal on its own. This means that you will need the help of licensed professional physical therapists in order to get back 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 their knee reconstructed 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 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 in place, you still have a long way to go before you’ll feel fully back to normal. After surgery, you’ll likely 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 Sappington, MO to get you the best results for both your physical rehabilitation and your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy specialists will lead you through 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
  • Provide you with a brace and teach you how to safely use it
  • Perform movement exercises and balance exercises to increase mobility
  • Do strength exercises to increase strength
  • Possibly implement electrical stimulation as a supplement to the exercises

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

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

Unfortunately, many people suffer a second ACL tear and they can cause life-long consequences. Included in your treatment program in Sappington, 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
  • Having strong hip and leg muscles
  • Practice proper technique, for example landing evenly on both feet
  • Stretch consistently
  • Increase your balance
  • Perform warm-up exercises 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 everything possible to make certain that you can continue doing them without being disrupted by another injury.

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

ACL Tear in Sappington, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to be anxious 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 with you to create a proven, customized rehabilitation plan to get you back to the basketball court, 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
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
  • Certified Wellness Coaching

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Brian Wahlig
Front Office Supervisor
Sarah Schroeder
MOTR/L, CHT, Astym Cert
Mandy Carter
MSPT, CMPT, ATC, CWC
Ray Bauer
MSPT, CMPT
Jayne Scanlan
DPT, COMT, CMTPT, FAAOMPT

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