Truesdale, MO

Truesdale, MO

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

ACL Tear Greater Truesdale, MO. ACL tears can unexpectedly obstruct 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 Truesdale, 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 concert with you as a team and put in place tailored, empirically-backed treatment plans. If you’ve sustained an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Truesdale, MO, contact us online or locate the most convenient Axes location for you. We focus on 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 Truesdale, MO basketball court, or carrying your children on your shoulders without any pain.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament | Truesdale, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of tough, flexible connective tissue that attach 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 in tandem to control the front and back motion of your knee, and the ACL safeguards the tibia from gliding too far forward on the femur and supplies 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 significant your injury, trust in the Truesdale, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully recover.

Causes of an ACL Tear | Truesdale, MO Physical Therapy

There are as many as 250,000 ACL injuries nationwide every year, and it is one of the most frequent knee injuries and sports injuries. They are common in contact sports that require frequent and rapid cutting and switching directions, such as football, baseball, soccer, and basketball. According to data from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, 70% of ACL tears happen in non-contact injuries, such as cutting quickly, and the rest are because of direct blows to the knee. External and internal factors could both contribute to an ACL tear:

External Factors

These are when your coordination is disrupted just before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven footing or landing with improper form
  • Colliding with something or someone
  • Suddenly decelerating or changing direction
  • Swiveling with a firmly planted foot
  • Receiving a direct blow to the knee

Internal Factors

These have to do with the structure and anatomy of the knee and legs. Some examples are:

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

While many ACL tears occur 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 | Truesdale, MO Physical Therapy

Following an ACL tear, the pain will likely be in the middle of the knee. An ACL tear does not always cause sever pain unless other parts of the knee were also injured. Some indicators that you may have suffered an ACL tear include:

  • Feeling or hearing a pop in your knee
  • Having to cease activity
  • Your knee becoming inflamed quickly
  • Reduction of range of motion
  • Instability when bearing weight

If you think you’ve suffered an ACL tear, it’s critical to visit a physician or a licensed physical therapist in Truesdale, MO to diagnose your injury and start the treatment you need to recover. We offer no-cost, no-obligation injury screenings and know many trusted physicians in Truesdale, MO that we can refer you to. Your Axes physical or occupational therapist is a fundamental 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 Truesdale, MO | Physical and Occupational Therapy Near Truesdale

ACL Tear Treatments | Truesdale, MO Physical Therapy

It is essential to get effective and personalized treatment soon after your ACL tear. If you delay, or your treatment is ineffective, it can lead to health conditions such as obesity or osteoarthritis, which can greatly affect you for the remainder of 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. In an examination, a doctor will assess your mobility, and likely order an MRI or other tests to verify the ACL tear and gauge the completeness and grade of your tear.

Because ligaments do not receive blood flow, a complete ACL tear will not be able to heal by itself. That is why the aid of a licensed professional physical therapist is necessary 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 perform, patients whose ACL tears were accompanied by other serious injury to their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes pain or weakness when performing 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 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 Truesdale, MO to get you the best results for both your physical rehabilitation and your surgery. 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. As part of your treatment plan, we will:

  • Alleviate pain and swelling
  • Educate you on your injury and the rehab process
  • Gradually and successfully allow you to put weight on your knee again
  • Fit you for a brace and teach you how to safely use it
  • Perform movement exercises and balance exercises to return mobility
  • Do strength exercises to return you to full strength
  • Possibly employ electrical stimulation to return strength and flexibility

You have the best chance for a full recovery by actively participating in it and trusting the licensed Truesdale, MO area physical therapists of Axes. 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 any pain.

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

Unfortunately, many people suffer a second ACL tear and they can result in life-long repercussions. As part of our ACL tear physical therapy services in Truesdale, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will educate you on how 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 correct form, for example landing evenly on both feet
  • Stretch consistently
  • Perform balance exercises
  • Always warm up before sports or other physical activities
  • Make sure you are using appropriate footwear

Our physical therapists committed themselves not only to retuning you to the things you love to do, but doing what we can to make sure that you stay off the sidelines.

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

ACL Tear in Truesdale, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to experience anxieties about your your 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 in concert with you to design a proven, customized physical therapy plan to get you back 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
  • 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, McKenzie
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Addie Kersting
Front Office Supervisor
Julie Freiner
OTR/L, CHT
Samantha Bixby
PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Farren Holman
PT, DPT, Astym Cert.
Matt Williams
MS, OTR/L, ATC/L
Jeff Hunter
Clinic Director, PT, Cert. MDT, MBA

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