Weingarten, MO

Weingarten, MO

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

ACL Tear Greater Weingarten, 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 Weingarten, 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 design personalized treatments plans that have been empirically proven to be effective. If you’ve sustained an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Weingarten, MO, contact us online or locate the most convenient Axes location for you. Our priority is getting every patient positive results and getting you back to what’s most important to you, whether that means dominating your local Weingarten, MO pickleball league, or carrying your children on your shoulders without any pain.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament | Weingarten, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of durable, pliable connective tissue that connect two bones. The ligaments in the knee help maintain stability in your knee by connecting 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 motion of your knee, and the ACL prevents the tibia from moving too far forward on the femur and supplies stability when the knee 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. However serious your injury, trust in the Weingarten, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully recover.

Causes of an ACL Tear | Weingarten, MO Physical Therapy

There are as many as 250,000 ACL injuries in the United States annually, and it is one of the most common knee injuries and sports injuries. They are common in contact sports that entail frequent and fast cutting and changing directions, such as football, baseball, soccer, and basketball. According to data from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, 70% of ACL tears occur in non-contact injuries, such as changing direction quickly, 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 obstructed just before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven footing or landing awkwardly
  • Being hit by something or someone
  • A sudden reduction in speed or changing direction
  • Pivoting with a firmly planted foot
  • Suffering a direct hit to the knee

Internal Factors

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

  • The anatomical differences between men and women
  • Flexibility of the hamstring
  • Differences in genetics

While many ACL tears happen in sports, they are also common in falls and work-related injuries. They can become more common as we age and our bodies weaken. Women are 4-6 times more likely to suffer an ACL tear, likely because of anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Weingarten, MO Physical Therapy

When you suffer an ACL tear, the pain will likely be in the middle of the knee. You might not necessarily feel significant pain after an ACL tear except if other parts of the knee were also injured. Some signs that you might have sustained an ACL tear include:

  • A “popping” sensation in your knee
  • Having to cease activity
  • Your knee becoming inflamed quickly
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Instability when putting weight on your knee

If you think you’ve suffered an ACL tear, it’s vital to visit a doctor or a licensed physical therapist in Weingarten, MO to verify your injury and get you the treatment you need. We offer complimentary, no-obligation injury screenings and work with many excellent physicians in Weingarten, MO that we can connect you with. 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 Weingarten, MO | Physical and Occupational Therapy Near Weingarten

How to Treat an ACL Tear | Weingarten, MO Physical Therapy

It is vital to get prompt, effective, personalized treatment for your ACL tear. If you don’t, it can result in complications such as obesity or osteoarthritis, which can greatly affect how you live your life.

In the minutes after your ACL tear, you should use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to alleviate pain and swelling. A doctor will then examine you, assess your mobility, and likely order an MRI or other tests to verify the ACL tear and assess the severity of the injury.

Because blood does not flow to ligaments, a complete ACL tear cannot heal on its own. That is why the aid of a licensed professional physical therapist is necessary to return to the activities you love. The only way to fully repair an ACL tear is through surgery. So, surgery is often recommended for younger people, athletes who need a fully healthy ACL in order to perform, patients with other significant 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 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 weaken from disuse. Axes Physical Therapy offers both pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation for ACL tears in Weingarten, 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:

  • Reduce pain and swelling
  • Educate you on your injury and the rehab process
  • Gradually and effectively allow you to put weight on your knee again
  • Fit you for a brace and teach you how to safely use it
  • Do 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

When you work with the knowledgeable Weingarten, MO area physical therapists of Axes and take an active role in your recovery, you have the best chance of a complete and quick recovery. Before you know it, we will return you to tearing up the local pick-up league, or just enjoying the ability to sit down and stand up without any pain.

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

Unfortunately, second ACL tears are common and they can have permanent consequences. Included in your treatment program in Weingarten, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will educate you on how to avoid another ACL tear in the future. 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 landing evenly on both feet
  • 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 activities you love, but doing everything possible to make certain that you can continue doing them without being interrupted by another injury.

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

ACL Tear in Weingarten, 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 might be impatient to return to your active lifestyle and physical activities you value. Trust in the knowledgeable professionals of Axes Physical Therapy to work with you to design 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
  • 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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