Town and Country, MO

Town and Country, MO

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ACL Tear Greater Town and Country, MO. ACL tears can suddenly disrupt 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 Town and Country, 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 concert with you as a team and develop tailored treatments plans that have been empirically proven to be effective. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Town and Country, MO, contact us online or locate 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 running the bases in your local Town and Country, MO league, or carrying your children on your shoulders without any pain.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament | Town and Country, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of tough, pliable fibrous tissue that connect two bones. The ligaments in the knee work to 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 tandem to stabilize 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.

Most ACL tears are partial, but they can be completely torn as well. Depending on the grade of your ACL tear, your ability to put weight on your knee and range of motion will be reduced. Regardless of how severe your injury, trust in the Town and Country, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully recover.

Why an ACL Tear Happens | Town and Country, MO Physical Therapy

There are up to 250,000 ACL injuries nationwide each year, 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 data from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, the vast majority of ACL tears happen in non-contact injuries, such as changing direction quickly, and the rest are due to direct blunt force trauma. 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 awkwardly
  • Something or someone bumping into you
  • A sudden reduction in speed or changing direction
  • Spinning 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
  • Genetic variations

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 due to anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Town and Country, MO Physical Therapy

When you sustain an ACL tear, the pain will likely be in the middle of the knee. You might not necessarily feel considerable pain after an ACL tear except if other constructive damage was done to the knee. Some signs that you might have suffered an ACL tear are:

  • A “popping” sensation or sound in your knee
  • Having to stop activity
  • Your knee becoming inflamed quickly
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Instability when bearing weight

If you suspect you’ve suffered an ACL tear, it’s vital to reach out to a physician or a licensed physical therapist in Town and Country, MO to verify your injury and get you the treatment you need. We offer no-cost, no strings attached injury screenings and know many trusted physicians in Town and Country, 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.

ACL Tear Therapy Town and Country, MO | Physical and Occupational Therapy Near Town and Country

How to Treat an ACL Tear | Town and Country, MO Physical Therapy

It is vital to get effective and personalized treatment soon after 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.

Directly following your ACL tear, you should use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to mitigate 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 assess the completeness and grade of your tear.

As there is no blood flow to the ligament, 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 return to the activities you love. Surgery is the only means available to completely heal an ACL tear. So, surgery is often the best option 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 typically 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, your journey back to normalcy and the activities you love is still a long way from over. After surgery, you’ll probably 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 Town and Country, MO to optimize your recovery and the success of your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy specialists will work with you throughout your recovery process with a personalized treatment plan that has been demonstrated to work. Our treatment methods will help to:

  • Mitigate pain and swelling
  • Educate you on your injury and the rehab process
  • 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
  • Perform movement exercises and balance exercises to increase mobility
  • Perform strength exercises to return you to full strength
  • Possibly implement electrical stimulation as a supplement to the exercises

You have the best chance for a full recovery by actively participating in it and trusting the professional Town and Country, MO area physical therapists of Axes. Before you know it, we will get you back to dominating the local pick-up league, or just enjoying the ability to sit down and stand up without your knee buckling.

How to Prevent an ACL Tear | Town and Country, MO Physical Therapy

Unfortunately, second ACL tears are common and they can lead to permanent consequences. As part of our ACL tear physical therapy services in Town and Country, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will help you understand the best practices that help to avoid another ACL tear later on. We recommend some of the following steps to prevent further injury:

  • Having a strong core
  • Having strong hip and leg muscles
  • Practice proper form, for instance always landing with your feet directly over your knee
  • Stretch consistently
  • Increase your balance
  • Always warm up before sports or other physical activities
  • Always wear appropriate footwear

Our physical therapists committed themselves not only to retuning you to the activities you love, but doing what we can to ensure that you can continue doing them without being interrupted by another injury.

Some of the other services we offer in Town and Country, MO are:

ACL Tear in Town and Country, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to be anxious 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 knowledgeable professionals of Axes Physical Therapy to work alongside you to create a proven, tailor-made rehabilitation plan to return you to the football field, 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
  • Occupational Therapy
    • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTYM)
  • Spine Specialty – Manual Therapy Certified
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Amanda Gubbels
DPT, CMPT, ATC
Natasha Burtchett
Front Office Supervisor
Brian Freund
DPT, CMPT, TPS, MBA
Megan Phillips
Front Office

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