Earth City, MO

Earth City, MO

Limited mobility does not have to follow you for the rest of your life. Call Axes Physical Therapy for evidence-based, customized treatment plans to get you back to the activities you love.

Mobility in Earth City, MO. Our bodies are meant to be on the go. But sometimes, our bodies don’t work the way they should and it keeps us from the activities we love. While experiencing pain and other factors that affect mobility affects us in more ways than just physically, Axes Physical Therapy in Earth City, MO can provide you with safe, effective, and proven treatment plans that are customized specifically to you and your needs. Regardless of whether your mobility is limited because of acute trauma, a chronic condition, or an impairment in your musculoskeletal skeleton such as sciatica, start on the road back to your best possible movement health and a pain-free daily life as soon as possible by setting up an appointment with Axes today or calling the the one of our 15 locations nearest you.

The one definition of mobility is, “the ability to move… freely and easily.” For some people that may mean rolling over in bed without pain, while for others it may mean serving an ace on the tennis court. Whatever you need to improve your movement health for, if you can’t live the life you want comfortable speak with your doctor to see if physical therapy is the right choice for you.

Functional Mobility in Earth City, MO

Functional mobility is the capacity one has to safely move around in their home environment. This includes simple tasks such as getting in and out of bed or walking up a flight of stairs. In general, functional mobility can be broken down into three categories:

  1. Bed mobility — Whether or not you are able to to scoot, roll, and get in and out of bed pain-free.
  2. Transfers — Your ability to move from one place to a different one, for example from a bed to a chair.
  3. Ambulation Your ability to walk freely without the need of assistance. This also includes walking while being able to carry objects.

While the injury or condition affecting your functional mobility may mean that you currently rely on assistance in order to complete basic tasks, the Earth City, MO physical and occupational therapists at Axes are dedicated to getting your independence 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 central nervous system disorder like Parkinson’s disease, we’ll guide you through your journey to the best possible mobility. Most treatment plans include strengthening, balance, and flexibility movements. Our therapists are also specialists vestibular therapy to help with vestibular disorders that cause dizziness and vertigo.

Earth City, MO physical therapists often utilize the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) of seven levels to evaluate someone’s functional mobility:

  1. Complete independence, meaning you are able to achieve specific mobility thresholds without assistance and in a timely manner
  2. Modified independence, meaning you can perform specific movements but only with a walker, a cane, or crutches
  3. Stand-by assist, meaning you can perform the movement by yourself but need someone to monitor you to prevent risk of injury
  4. Minimal assistance, meaning you can exert 75% of the work needed to complete the task or more while someone else does the rest
  5. Moderate assistance, meaning you can exert half of the effort needed
  6. Maximal assistance, meaning you can put in a quarter of the work of the task without assistance
  7. Total assistance or not testable, meaning you can complete less than 25% of the task, or that the activity is not safe to test

At Axes Physical Therapy in Earth City, MO, your customized treatment plan may include gradually taking you up through the seven levels, or at least to the highest level you are able to achieve. All of our treatment plans 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 confirm that the treatment modalities we use are safe for someone suffering from the same ailment you are.

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Beyond Functional Mobility in Earth City, MO

To be sure, simply rolling over in bed comfortably does not define optimal movement health for many of us. There are corners to burn on the football field, fun activities to share with your family, and the occupational tasks of the job you perform every day so that you can put food on the table for your Earth City, 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. Our services also include:

  • Occupational therapy — Our Earth City, 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 contributing to our Earth City, MO community and providing for your family the best way you can. Our advanced work rehabilitation includes Functional Capacity Evaluations to ascertain what activity level you can safely carry out.
  • Sports therapy Every athletes worst nightmare is a sudden injury 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 Earth City, MO will help you regain your mobility and get you back on the field or court as soon as is safely possible. Our Certified Athletic Trainers are big believers in teaching injury prevention to help you stay off the sidelines.
  • Pre/post surgical rehabilitation Surgery and your recovery from it are delicate matters that make anyone nervous. 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 help you feel confident in your treatment, and develop a proven game plan to get the best possible outcome from your procedure.

However limited you currently are in your mobility, and the extent to wish you want to improve it, consult with your Earth City, MO doctor about whether or not physical therapy is a good option for you, or visit one of our locations for a no-risk, no-obligation injury screening from a licensed physical or occupational therapist.

How a Physical Therapist in Earth City, 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 achieve muscle balance. Surrounding our joints with healthy and equally strong muscles is vital to preventing injury and reaching optimal movement health.
  • Flexibility and range of motion — To achieve optimal movement health, not only do our muscles need to have the strength to control bones, but our muscles, ligaments, 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 — Frequent causes of balance issues are:
    • Problems with vision
    • A vestibular issue, or a problem in your inner ear
    • Your proprioceptive system, or the network between your sensory receptors and your nervous system

A professional physical therapist in Earth City, MO will find the root of your limitations in mobility and develop a safe and effective treatment plan to improve your movement health. Beyond restorative strength, flexibility, and core exercises, your treatment plan may also include:

If your doctor and therapy team agree, a physical therapist in Earth City, MO can also create custom medically accepted assistive devices including splints, braces, crutches, or canes in order to aid you in your mobility and reduce risk of injury.

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How Physical Therapy in Earth City, MO Helps Beyond Mobility

The benefits of physical therapy go beyond just getting around easier, getting back to work, or getting back on the field. Your proven treatment plans:

  • Pain relief, whether from an injury or pain that is chronic in nature without needing to depend on painkillers or opioids
  • In some cases, the potential to avoid a surgical procedure by encouraging the body’s own healing methods
  • Patient education, including exercises you can safely do at home, injury prevention techniques, and the best postures for improved mobility
  • Motivating you to maintain an active lifestyle, carries with it the benefits of increased energy, decreases your odds of developing heart disease, contributes to a healthy weight, makes you feel better, and promotes better sleep

Other services we offer in Earth City, MO include:

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Whether you need hand therapy in order to make it easier for you to do basic things around the house, are in need of meaningful pain management for sciatica, or want to return to your active lifestyle following acute trauma, Axes’ team of licensed physical and occupational therapists will develop and implement the treatment plan that is safe and affective. We practice a an approach that focuses on personalized treatment. To get back your independence and active lifestyle, request an appointment with Axes Physical Therapy today or reach out to the location nearest for 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 (Astym)
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Video Motion Analysis
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Nick Weber
Clinic Director, MPT
Bailey Zimmermann
Front Office Supervisor
Daniel Scribner
PT, DPT, ATC

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