St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, MO

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ACL Tear Greater St. Louis, MO. ACL tears have an enormous effect on your active and daily routine. 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 St. Louis, 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 create personalized treatments plans that have been empirically proven to be effective. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in St. Louis, MO, contact us online or find the most convenient Axes location for you. Our mission 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 St. Louis, MO league, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.

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

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of tough, pliable connective tissue that attach two bones. The ligaments in the knee help maintain stability in your knee by attaching 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 in concert to control the forward and backward movement of your knee, and the ACL stops the tibia from slipping 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 capacity to bear weight and range of motion will be lowered. Regardless of how severe your injury, trust in the St. Louis, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully recover.

Causes of an ACL Tear | St. Louis, MO Physical Therapy

There are up to 250,000 ACL injuries in the United States annually, and it is one of the most frequent knee injuries and sports injuries. They are common in contact sports that entail frequent and rapid cutting and changing directions, such as football, baseball, soccer, and basketball. According to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, almost three-quarters of ACL tears happen 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 movement is interrupted just before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven footing or landing with improper form
  • Being hit by something or someone
  • Suddenly decelerating or switching direction
  • Spinning 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. 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 happen 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 suffer an ACL tear, likely owing to anatomical differences.

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

When you sustain an ACL tear, you’ll likely feel pain in the middle of the knee. An ACL tear does not always cause considerable pain except if other constructive damage was done to the knee. Some signs that you might have torn your ACL are:

  • A “popping” sensation or sound in your knee
  • Having to cease 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 necessary to see a doctor or a licensed physical therapist in St. Louis, MO to verify your injury and come up with the treatment plan you need to recover. We offer complimentary, no-obligation injury screenings and have a wide network of trusted physicians in St. Louis, MO that we can connect you with. 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. Louis, MO Physical Therapy

It is vital to get prompt, effective, personalized treatment for your ACL tear. If you don’t, it can lead to health conditions like obesity or osteoarthritis, which can significantly impact your quality of life.

In the minutes after 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. In an examination, a doctor will assess your range of motion, and likely order an MRI to verify the ACL tear and evaluate the severity of the injury.

Because ligaments do not receive blood flow, a complete ACL tear cannot heal by itself. This means that you will need the help of licensed professional physical therapists in order 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 a fully healthy ACL in order to perform, patients whose ACL tears were accompanied by other significant damage to their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes their knee to buckle in basic, everyday activities. ACL surgery is usually 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 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 St. Louis, MO to optimize your recovery and the success of your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy specialists will lead you through your recovery process with a personalized treatment plan that has been proven to work. As part of your treatment plan, we will:

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

You have the best chance for a full recovery by actively participating in it and trusting the professional St. Louis, MO area physical therapists of Axes. Before you know it, we will return you to tearing up the local pick-up league, or just enjoying being able to to sit down and stand up without any pain.

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

Unfortunately, many people sustain a second ACL tear and they can result in life-long consequences. Included in your treatment program in St. Louis, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will help you understand the best practices that help to avoid another ACL tear later on. 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 form, for instance 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 activities you love, but doing what we can to make certain that you stay off the sidelines.

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

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

It is normal to be apprehensive 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 design a proven, tailor-made rehabilitation 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

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Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Sarah Barker
Front Office
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Stacey Collins
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