Wentzville, MO

Wentzville, MO

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

ACL Tear Greater Wentzville, MO. ACL tears have a tremendous 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 Wentzville, MO, we have devoted 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 with you as a team and design personalized, empirically-backed treatment plans. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Wentzville, MO, contact us online or check out the most convenient Axes location for you. Our mission is getting every patient great results and getting you back to the things that matter most to you, whether that means dominating your local Wentzville, MO pickleball league, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament | Wentzville, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of durable, flexible connective tissue that attach two bones. The ligaments in the knee work to keep your knee stable by attaching 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 front and back motion of your knee, and the ACL safeguards the tibia from slipping 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 ability to bear weight and your movement will be affected. No Matter how severe your injury, trust in the Wentzville, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully recover.

Causes of an ACL Tear | Wentzville, MO Physical Therapy

There are as many as 250,000 ACL injuries in the United States every 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, almost three-quarters of ACL tears happen in non-contact injuries, such as changing direction rapidly, and the rest are caused by direct blunt force trauma. External and internal factors could both be at play when you sustain an ACL tear:

External Factors

These are when your movement is interrupted just before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven ground or landing awkwardly
  • Something or someone knocking into you
  • Suddenly decelerating or changing direction
  • Spinning with a firmly planted foot
  • Sustaining a direct blow to the knee

Internal Factors

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

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

ACL tears don’t just occur in sports, falls and work-related injuries can hurt they ACL too. 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 | Wentzville, MO Physical Therapy

When you suffer an ACL tear, you’ll likely feel pain in the middle of the knee. An ACL tear does not always cause sever pain except if other parts of the knee were also injured. Some signs that you may have suffered an ACL tear 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 suspect you’ve sustained an ACL tear, it’s vital to visit a physician or a licensed physical therapist in Wentzville, MO to diagnose your injury and come up with the treatment plan you need to recover. We offer complimentary, no-obligation injury screenings and know many trusted physicians in Wentzville, MO that we can connect you with. Your Axes physical or occupational therapist, your doctor and medical providers, and you will form a close team and work together to ensure your recovery is safe and efficient.

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ACL Tear Treatments | Wentzville, MO Physical Therapy

It is imperative to get effective and personalized treatment soon after your ACL tear. If you don’t, it can cause health conditions 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. In an examination, a doctor will assess your range of motion, and likely order an MRI or other tests to verify the ACL tear and judge the extent of the injury.

Because blood does not flow to ligaments, a complete ACL tear cannot regenerate on its own. This means that you will need the help of licensed professional physical therapists in order to get back 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 their knee reconstructed in order to perform, patients with 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 attached, your journey back to normalcy and the activities you love is still a long way from over. After surgery, you’ll likely 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 Wentzville, MO to get you the best results for both your recovery and your operation. Our ACL tear physical therapy specialists will guide 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 successfully allow you to put weight on your knee again
  • Provide you with a brace and teach you how to safely use it
  • Do movement exercises and balance exercises to return range of motion
  • Perform strength exercises to increase strength
  • Possibly employ 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 Wentzville, 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 being able to to sit down and stand up without any pain.

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

Unfortunately, second ACL tears are common and they can lead to life-long consequences. As part of our ACL tear physical therapy services in Wentzville, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will educate you on how to avoid another ACL tear later on. Some of the preventive methods you can take in order to prevent further injury are:

  • Strengthen your core
  • Strengthen your hip and leg muscles
  • Practice proper form, for instance landing evenly on both feet
  • Maintain flexibility
  • Increase your balance
  • Perform warm-up exercises before sports or other physical activities
  • Always wear appropriate footwear

Our physical therapists devote 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 carry on doing them without being upended by another injury.

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ACL Tear in Wentzville, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to be apprehensive about your your future after suffering a severe injury. 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 experienced professionals of Axes Physical Therapy to work with you to produce a proven, personalized physical therapy plan to get you back to the basketball court, bowling alley, or just back to your normal, pain-free life. 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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Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Julie Freiner
OTR/L, CHT
Matt Williams
MS, OTR/L, ATC/L
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