Mobility in Crestwood, MO. Our bodies are meant to be on the go. But sometimes, we sustain an injury or other condition that prevents us from the activities we love. While losing your independence because of losing your mobility can affect our mental health as well, Axes Physical Therapy in Crestwood, MO can develop treatment plans that have been proven to work and that are customized specifically to you and your needs. Regardless of whether your mobility limitations are the result of acute trauma, a chronic condition, or an impairment in your musculoskeletal structure such as sciatica, start on the road back to your best possible movement health and comfort now by requesting an appointment with Axes today or calling the the one of our 15 locations nearest you.
The dictionary definition of mobility is, “the ability to move… freely and easily.” For some of us that is as simple as picking up their grandchildren without pain, while for others it may mean serving an ace on the tennis court. Whatever it means to you, if you can’t live the life you want pain-free consult with your doctor to see if physical therapy is the right choice for you.
Functional Mobility in Crestwood, MO
Functional mobility is the capacity one has to safely move around in their home environment. This includes anything from getting in and out of bed or bringing a cup of coffee to the next room and sitting down. Fundamentally, functional mobility is typically though of in three different ways:
- Bed mobility — Your ability to scoot, roll, and get in and out of bed pain-free.
- Transfers — Whether or not you are able to switch between surfaces, for example from one chair to another.
- Ambulation — Whether or not you can walk, and can do so while carrying things.
If you currently need assistance to be functionally mobile, the Crestwood, MO physical and occupational therapists at Axes are dedicated to getting your self-sufficiency back. Whether your currently limited functional mobility was caused by a sports injuryan rotator cuff tear tear, arthritis or other joint pain, or even a a progressive disorder like Parkinson’s disease, we’ll implement a customized plan that safely and correctly helps you reach optimal mobility. Part of your treatment will likely be simple and safe strengthening, balance, and flexibility training. We also offer vestibular therapy for people who have a debilitating vestibular disorder.
The seven level Functional Independence Measure (FIM) is the staple of how to determine functional mobility in Crestwood, MO:
- Complete independence, meaning you are able to complete a specified task safely and in a relatively normal amount of time
- Modified independence, meaning you can perform specific movements but only with a walker, a cane, or crutches
- Supervision, meaning you can complete the task independently but need someone to monitor you so you don’t hurt yourself
- Minimal assistance, meaning you can do 75% or more while someone else does the rest
- Moderate assistance, meaning you can exert half of the effort required
- Maximal assistance, meaning you can complete about 25% of the task without assistance
- Total assistance or not testable, meaning you are unable to put in 25% of the effort required, or that even testing whether or not you can do it could lead to you becoming hurt
At Axes Physical Therapy in Crestwood, MO, your customized treatment plan may include safely taking you up through the seven levels, or at least to the highest level possible. All of our methods are based on what research says works best for you, and at your first appointment with your professional physical therapist, they will perform a thorough evaluation of your health to ensure that the exercises we use are safe for someone suffering from the same ailment you are.
Beyond Functional Mobility in Crestwood, MO
Of course, simply walking up the stairs without assistance does not define optimal movement health for many of us. There are fast breaks to run, fun activities to share with your family, and the occupational tasks of the job you perform every day in order to earn a living for your Crestwood, MO family. At Axes, our occupational and physical therapists can help any athlete, worker, or family member improve mobility they need to get back to the activities they love. We also offer:
- Occupational therapy — Our Crestwood, MO occupational therapists are an essential part of getting you back to work after a work-related injury. We serve as an integral member of your workers’ compensation team so you can get back to helping our Crestwood, MO community and supporting your family the best way you can. Our advanced work rehabilitation includes Functional Capacity Evaluations to ascertain if you can safely go back to work either fully or at some level.
- Sports therapy — The worst-case scenario for any athlete is a sudden pop or crack that keeps them inactive and limited for anywhere from a couple weeks to a year. If you suffer an ACL tear, rotator cuff tear, or other sports injury, Axes Physical Therapy in Crestwood, MO will help you restore your mobility and get you back on the field or court as soon as is safely possible. Our Certified Athletic Trainers also specialize in injury prevention to help you avoid re-injury.
- Pre/post surgical rehabilitation — Surgery is a complex and nerve-racking procedure for anyone. Whether your surgery is a matter of choice or a strong recommendation from a physician, we’ll team up with the doctors recommending and performing your surgery to ease your worry, and formulate an effective plan of action to restore optimal mobility.
However limited you currently are in your mobility, and the extent to wish you want to improve it, consult with your Crestwood, MO doctor about what physical therapy can do for you, or come see us for a no-risk, no-obligation injury screening from a qualified physical or occupational therapist.
How a Physical Therapist in Crestwood, MO Can Help Improve Your Mobility
Our mobility is based on our strength, flexibility, range of motion, and balance:
- Strength — While physical therapy is effective at rebuilding and maintaining strength, it also helps to make sure no muscle is stronger or weaker than it should be in relation to the muscles around it. Surrounding our joints with healthy and equally strong muscles is essential in preventing injury and reaching optimal movement health.
- Flexibility and range of motion — To improve our mobility to the highest level we can, not only do our muscles need to have the strength to control bones, but our muscles, tendons, and other soft tissue need to be able to lengthen, and our joints need to be able to perform a wide variety of movements.
- Balance — Balance issues are usually due to:
A professional physical therapist in Crestwood, MO will be able to identify the source of your limitations in mobility and develop a safe and effective treatment plan to improve your movement health. In addition to therapeutic strength, flexibility, and core exercises, other evidence-backed techniques may include:
- Soft tissue mobilization
- Kinesio Taping®
- Trigger point dry needling
- Blood flow restriction training
- Posture correction and teaching good posture
If required, a physical therapist in Crestwood, MO can also create custom medically accepted assistive devices such as splints, braces, crutches, or canes in order to aid you in your mobility and reduce risk of injury.
How Physical Therapy in Crestwood, MO Helps Beyond Mobility
Physical therapy does more than just increase strength and flexibility. Your personalized treatment plans:
- Pain relief for both acute and chronic conditions without needing to depend on painkillers or opioids
- If applicable, the potential to avoid surgery by stimulating the body’s own healing methods
- Movement health education, including physical therapy techniques you can safely do at home, injury prevention techniques, and correct posture
- Motivating you to maintain an active lifestyle, which leads to enhanced energy, lowers your risk of heart disease, contributes to a healthy weight, improves your mood, and promotes better sleep
Other services we offer in Crestwood, MO include:
- Shoulder Pain
- Injury Prevention
- Knee Injury
- Joint Pain
- Dry Needling
- ACL Tear
- Pain Management
- Rotator Cuff Tear
Mobility in Crestwood, MO | Axes Physical Therapy
Whether you need hand therapy in order to make it easier for you to type, are looking for meaningful pain management for arthritis, or want to get back on the field after a sports injury, Axes’ team of licensed physical and occupational therapists is here to help you get back to what you love doing most. We practice a client-centered approach. To restore the level of mobility you deserve, request an appointment with Axes Physical Therapy today or call the location most convenient for you.