St. Clair, MO

St. Clair, MO

Get back to the activities that matter most to you with a personalized, evidence-based treatment plan.

ACL Tear Greater St. Clair, 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 to work again. At Axes Physical Therapy in St. Clair, 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 design personalized, evidence-based treatment plans. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in St. Clair, MO, contact us online or check out 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 breaking defender’s ankles on a St. Clair, MO basketball court, or carrying your children on your shoulders without any pain.

What is the ACL? | St. Clair, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of tough, flexible fibrous tissue that connect two bones. The ligaments in the knee help maintain stability in your knee by affixing your tibia (shinbone) to your femur (thigh bone). The ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, runs down the center of your knee and forms an “X” with the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). The ACL and PCL work together to stabilize the front and back motion of your knee, and the ACL safeguards the tibia from sliding too far forward on the femur and provides rotational stability.

ACL tears can be either partial or complete. Depending on the grade of your ACL tear, your ability to bear weight and your motion will be affected. However serious your injury, trust in the St. Clair, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully recover.

Causes of an ACL Tear | St. Clair, 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. 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 reporting from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the vast majority of ACL tears happen in non-contact injuries, such as changing direction rapidly, and the rest are because of direct blunt force trauma. External and internal factors could both contribute to an ACL tear:

External Factors

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

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

Internal Factors

These concern 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 differences

ACL tears don’t just transpire in sports, falls and work-related injuries can harm they ACL too. 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 due to anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | St. Clair, MO Physical Therapy

After an ACL tear, you’ll likely feel pain at the center of the knee. You might not necessarily feel significant pain after an ACL tear unless other constructive damage was done to the knee. Some indicators that you might have sustained an ACL tear are:

  • Feeling or hearing a pop in your knee
  • Having to cease activity
  • Rapid swelling
  • Reduction of range of motion
  • Instability when putting weight on your knee

If you think you’ve sustained an ACL tear, it’s crucial to contact a doctor or a licensed physical therapist in St. Clair, MO to diagnose your injury and get you the treatment you need. We offer complimentary, no strings attached injury screenings and work with many trusted physicians in St. Clair, MO that we can refer you to. Your Axes physical or occupational therapist is an essential part of your recovery team, working closely with you and your doctors and medical providers to collaborate on your safe and efficient recovery.

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How to Treat an ACL Tear | St. Clair, MO Physical Therapy

It is vital to get effective and personalized treatment soon after your ACL tear. If you don’t, it can cause health conditions like obesity or osteoarthritis, which can greatly affect how you live your life.

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

Because ligaments do not receive blood flow, a complete ACL tear will not be able to 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 advisable for younger people, athletes who need their knee reconstructed in order to play, patients whose ACL tears were accompanied by other serious injury to other parts of their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes their knee to buckle in basic, everyday activities. In an ACL surgery, a surgeon will remove the injured 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’ll likely need crutches to move around, as your quadriceps muscles will weaken from disuse. Axes Physical Therapy offers both pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation for ACL tears in St. Clair, MO to optimize your recovery and the success of 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:

  • Reduce pain and swelling
  • Provide patient education so you understand your injury and why our methods work
  • Gradually and effectively allow you to put weight on your knee again
  • Provide you with a brace and teach you how to safely use it
  • Do movement exercises and balance exercises to return mobility
  • Perform strength exercises to return you to full strength
  • Potentially use electrical stimulation to return strength and flexibility

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

How to Prevent an ACL Tear | St. Clair, MO Physical Therapy

Unfortunately, second ACL tears are common and they can have life-long consequences. As part of our ACL tear physical therapy services in St. Clair, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will educate you on how to avoid another ACL tear in the future. We recommend some of the following steps to prevent further injury:

  • Strengthen your core
  • Having strong hip and leg muscles
  • Practice correct technique, for example landing evenly on both feet
  • Maintain flexibility
  • 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 sure that you can continue doing them without being interrupted by another injury.

Some of the other services we offer in St. Clair, MO are:

ACL Tear in St. Clair, 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 probably want to get back to your normal, active lifestyle as quickly as possible. Trust in the knowledgeable professionals of Axes Physical Therapy to work in concert with you to produce a proven, tailor-made physical therapy plan to return you 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
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Advanced Work Rehabilitation
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Vestibular Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy (BFR)

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Danielle O’Rando
Front Office
Kelsey Kessler
PT, DPT, Astym. Cert.
Sharon Titter
Clinic Director, MPT

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