St. Genevieve, MO

St. Genevieve, MO

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

ACL Tear Greater St. Genevieve, MO. ACL tears can unexpectedly obstruct your active and daily routine. One instant you’re running down the field, competing in your favorite sport or playing with your kids, and the next second you’re wondering if you’ll get to play or even go to work again. At Axes Physical Therapy in St. Genevieve, MO, we have committed our practice to restoring our patients’ mobility and returning them to the activities they love. Our ACL tear rehabilitation specialists work in tandem with you as a team and design customize, evidence-based treatment plans. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in St. Genevieve, MO, contact us online or check out the most convenient Axes location for you. Our priority is getting every patient great results and getting you back to the things that matter most to you, whether that means burning corners in your local St. Genevieve, MO flag football league, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.

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

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of tough, flexible connective tissue that affix two bones. The ligaments in the knee work to keep your knee stable 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 stabilize the forward and backward motion of your knee, and the ACL prevents the tibia from slipping too far forward on the femur and provides 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 movement will be affected. However significant your injury, trust in the St. Genevieve, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you reach a complete recovery.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | St. Genevieve, 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 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 at high risk for ACL tears. According to data from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the vast majority of ACL tears occur in non-contact injuries, such as cutting rapidly, and the rest are caused by 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 coordination is interrupted just before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven footing or landing awkwardly
  • Colliding with something or someone
  • Suddenly 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. Some examples are:

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

While many ACL tears transpire in sports, they are also common in falls and work-related injuries. 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 owing to anatomical differences.

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

After 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 may have torn your ACL include:

  • Feeling or hearing a pop in your knee
  • Not being able to continue activity
  • Your knee becoming inflamed quickly
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Instability when bearing weight

If you think you’ve sustained an ACL tear, it’s necessary to contact a physician or a licensed physical therapist in St. Genevieve, MO to diagnose your injury and get you the treatment you need. We offer no-cost, no-obligation injury screenings and have a wide network of excellent physicians in St. Genevieve, 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.

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ACL Tear Treatments | St. Genevieve, MO Physical Therapy

It is vital to get effective and personalized treatment soon after your ACL tear. If your injury does not heal properly, it can cause complications such as obesity or osteoarthritis, which can significantly impact 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 alleviate pain and inflammation. In an examination, a doctor will evaluate your range of motion, and likely order an MRI or other tests to confirm the ACL tear and judge the severity of the injury.

Because ligaments do not receive blood flow, a complete ACL tear will not be able to regenerate by itself. This means that you will need the help of licensed professional physical therapists in order to return 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 their knee to buckle in basic, everyday activities. ACL surgery is generally done by taking a graft from another tendon — either one of yours or a deceased donor’s — and then using small incisions to attach the graft to the femur and tibia.

Once the new ligament is attached, your journey back to normalcy and the activities you love is still a long way from over. After surgery, you’ll probably 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 St. Genevieve, MO to optimize your recovery and the success of your surgery. Our ACL tear physical therapy experts will be by your side throughout your recovery process with a personalized treatment plan that has been proven to work. Our treatment methods will help to:

  • Mitigate 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
  • Do movement exercises and balance exercises to return range of motion
  • Do strength exercises to increase strength
  • Possibly implement electrical stimulation to return strength and flexibility

When you work with the experienced St. Genevieve, MO area physical therapists of Axes and take an active role in your recovery, you have the greatest chance of a complete and timely recovery. Before you know it, we will return you 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 | St. Genevieve, MO Physical Therapy

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

  • Strengthen your core
  • Having strong hip and leg muscles
  • Practice proper technique, for example keeping knees shoulder width apart while landing
  • Maintain flexibility
  • Increase your balance
  • Always warm up before sports or other physical activities
  • Make sure you are using appropriate footwear

Our physical therapists dedicate themselves not only to getting you back to the things you love to do, but doing what we can to make sure that you can continue doing them without being disrupted by another injury.

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

ACL Tear in St. Genevieve, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to be apprehensive about your what your life will look like in the future after being seriously injured. 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 alongside you to design a proven, customized physical therapy plan to return you 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
  • Occupational Therapy
    • Certified Hand Therapy
  • 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
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Kinsey Phelps
Front Office
Cassandra Wadlow
Front Office
Brian Little
Front Office Supervisor
Dena Rose
PT, CMPT
Mark Smith
PT, DPT
Eric Meyer
PT, DPT
Derrick Wolk
Clinic Director, MPT, CMPT
Natalie Carter
PT, DPT, Astym. Cert.
Megan Mason
OTD, OTR/L

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