Womack, MO

Womack, MO

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ACL Tear Greater Womack, 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 to work again. At Axes Physical Therapy in Womack, 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 with you as a team and develop customize, empirically-backed treatment plans. If you’ve suffered an ACL tear, or any other injury, in Womack, MO, contact us online or find the most convenient Axes location for you. Our mission is getting every patient positive results and getting you back to what’s most important to you, whether that means running the bases in your local Womack, MO league, or picking up your grandchildren without any pain.

What is the ACL? | Womack, MO Physical Therapy

Ligaments are bands found in joints made of durable, flexible 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, 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 stops the tibia from gliding too far forward on the femur and provides rotational stability.

ACL tears can be either partial or complete. Depending on the grade of your ACL tear, your ability to bear weight and range of motion will be reduced. However severe your injury, trust in the Womack, MO licensed physical therapists of Axes to help you fully heal.

Causes of an ACL Tear | Womack, 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. 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 reporting from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, almost three-quarters of ACL tears occur in non-contact injuries, such as changing direction rapidly, and the rest are due to direct blows to the knee. External and internal factors could both contribute to an ACL tear:

External Factors

These are when your motion is obstructed immediately before the injury. Some examples are:

  • Landing on uneven footing or landing with improper form
  • Something or someone knocking into you
  • Instantly decelerating or changing direction
  • Spinning 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
  • How flexible the hamstring and other surrounding muscles are
  • Differences in genetics

While many ACL tears transpire 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 sustain an ACL tear, likely due to anatomical differences.

Symptoms of an ACL Tear | Womack, MO Physical Therapy

Following 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 indicators that you may have sustained 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
  • Not being able to put any weight on your knee

If you think you’ve suffered an ACL tear, it’s necessary to see a physician or a licensed physical therapist in Womack, MO to diagnose your injury and come up with the treatment plan you need to recover. We offer complimentary, no strings attached injury screenings and know many excellent physicians in Womack, 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.

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ACL Tear Treatments | Womack, MO Physical Therapy

It is important to get effective and personalized treatment soon after your ACL tear. If you don’t, it can result in health conditions such as obesity or osteoarthritis, which can greatly affect 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 manage pain and swelling. A doctor will then examine you, evaluate your mobility, and likely order an MRI or other tests to confirm the ACL tear and judge the extent of the injury.

Because blood does not flow to ligaments, 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 return 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 play, patients whose ACL tears were accompanied by other significant injury to their knee, or those whose ACL tear causes their knee to buckle in basic, everyday activities. 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, 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 have weakened. Axes Physical Therapy offers both pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation for ACL tears in Womack, MO to get you the best results for both your physical rehabilitation 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:

  • 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
  • Perform movement exercises and balance exercises to increase range of motion
  • Perform strength exercises to return you to full strength
  • Potentially use 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 licensed Womack, MO area physical therapists of Axes. Before you know it, we will get you back to tearing up the local softball league, or just enjoying the ability to sit down and stand up without your knee buckling.

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

Unfortunately, many people sustain a second ACL tear and they can cause permanent repercussions. Included in your treatment program in Womack, MO, our Certified Athletic Trainers will help you understand the best practices that help to avoid another ACL tear down the line. 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 form, for example bending at the knees and hips when turning
  • 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 getting you back to the activities you love, but doing what we can to make sure that you can continue doing them without being interrupted by another injury.

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

ACL Tear in Womack, MO | Axes Physical Therapy

It is normal to experience anxieties 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 experienced professionals of Axes Physical Therapy to work in concert with you to design a proven, personalized physical therapy plan to return you 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
  • 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.

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