Wickes, MO

Wickes, MO

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ACL Tear Greater Wickes, MO. ACL tears can abruptly disrupt your active routine and daily life. One second you’re flying down the field, playing your favorite sport or playing with your kids, and the next second you’re wondering if you’ll get to play or even go to work again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Wickes, MO, we have committed 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 create tailored treatments plans that have been empirically proven to be effective. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Wickes, MO, contact us online or check out the most convenient Axes location for you. Our mission is getting every patient a positive outcome and getting you back to the things that matter most to you, whether that means burning corners in your local Wickes, MO flag football league, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.

The Anterior Cruciate Ligament | Wickes, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of tough, pliable fibrous tissue that affix two bones. The ligaments in the knee help keep your knee stable 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 concert to stabilize the forward and backward motion of your knee, and the ACL impedes the tibia from gliding 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 capacity to put weight on your knee and your movement will be affected. No Matter how significant your injury, trust in the Wickes, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you achieve a complete recovery.

Causes of an ACL Tear | Wickes, 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 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 the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, almost three-quarters of ACL tears occur in non-contact injuries, such as cutting 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 disrupted immediately before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven ground or landing with improper form
  • Something or someone knocking into you
  • Instantly decelerating or switching direction
  • Pivoting with a firmly planted foot
  • Sustaining 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
  • 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 because of anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Wickes, MO Physical Therapy

Following an ACL tear, the pain will likely be at the center of the knee. An ACL tear does not always cause considerable pain unless other structural damage was done to the knee. Some signs that you may have torn your ACL are:

  • Feeling or hearing a pop in your knee
  • Not being able to continue activity
  • Your knee becoming inflamed quickly
  • Reduction of range of motion
  • Not being able to bear weight your knee

If you suspect you’ve suffered an ACL tear, it’s necessary to reach out to a physician or a licensed physical therapist in Wickes, MO to diagnose your injury and come up with the treatment plan you need to recover. We offer no-cost, no-obligation injury screenings and work with many excellent physicians in Wickes, MO that we can refer you to. 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 | Wickes, MO Physical Therapy

It is essential to get prompt, effective, personalized treatment for your ACL tear. If your injury does not heal properly, it can result in problems like obesity or osteoarthritis, which can significantly impact you for the remainder of your life.

Directly following your ACL tear, you should use over-the-counter pain medication and the R.I.C.E. method to manage pain and swelling. 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 by itself. This means that you will need the help of licensed professional physical therapists in order to return to the activities you love. The only way to fully repair an ACL tear is through surgery. So, surgery is often necessary for younger people, athletes who need a fully functioning ACL in order to perform, patients whose ACL tears were accompanied by other significant injury to other parts of their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes pain or weakness when carrying out 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 attached, your journey back to normalcy and the activities you love is still a long way from over. 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 Wickes, MO to optimize your recovery and the success of your surgery. Our ACL tear physical therapy specialists will be by your side throughout your recovery process with proven, customized physical therapy. Our treatment methods will help to:

  • Alleviate pain and swelling
  • Educate you on your injury and the rehab process
  • Gradually and successfully get you back to bearing weight
  • Provide you with a brace and teach you how to safely use it
  • Do movement exercises and balance exercises to increase range of motion
  • Perform strength exercises to increase 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 licensed Wickes, MO area physical therapists of Axes. Before you know it, we will return you to dominating the local softball league, or just enjoying being able to to sit down and stand up without your knee buckling.

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

Unfortunately, many people suffer a second ACL tear and they can result in life-long consequences. Included in your treatment program in Wickes, 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 correct technique, for instance bending at the knees and hips when turning
  • Stretch consistently
  • Perform balance exercises
  • Perform warm-up exercises before sports or other physical activities
  • Always wear 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 certain that you can continue doing them without being interrupted by another injury.

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

ACL Tear in Wickes, 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 knowledgeable professionals of Axes Physical Therapy to work with you to create a proven, personalized rehabilitation plan to return you to the football field, 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
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Ashley Lane
Front Office
Greg Nicholas
Clinic Director, MPT, CMPT
Kourtney Heitz
Physical Therapist

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