Ferguson, MO

Ferguson, MO

It is possible to regain the mobility and independence you once had. Call Axes Physical Therapy for evidence-based, personalized treatment plans to get you back to the activities you love.

Mobility in Ferguson, MO. Our bodies are designed to move. But sometimes, our bodies don’t work the way they should and it keeps us from doing what we love most. While experiencing pain and other factors that affect mobility can affect our mental health as well, Axes Physical Therapy in Ferguson, MO can provide you with safe, effective, and evidence-backed solutions that are customized specifically to getting you back to the life you want to live. Regardless of whether your mobility is limited because of an injury, a disease, or an impairment in your musculoskeletal structure such as sciatica, start on the road back to your best possible mobility and meaningful pain relief now by setting up a mobility and injury analysis with Axes today or calling the the one of our multiple locations most convenient for you.

The dictionary defines mobility as, “the ability to move… freely and easily.” For some of us that looks like walking up the stairs without pain, while others have more active lifestyle desires like sprinting down the basketball court on a fast break. Whatever it means to you, if your mobility is severely restricted consult with a physician to see if physical therapy is the right choice for you.

Functional Mobility in Ferguson, MO

Functional mobility is the capacity one has to complete daily tasks. This can be anything from getting in and out of bed or getting in and out of the shower safely. Fundamentally, there are three types of functional mobility:

  1. Bed mobility — Whether or not you are able to to scoot, roll, and get in and out of bed with ease.
  2. Transfers — Whether or not you are able to move from one place to another, for example from a chair, bed, or sofa to another.
  3. Ambulation Whether or not you can walk, and can do so while carrying things.

If you currently need assistance to be functionally mobile, the Ferguson, MO physical and occupational therapists at Axes are committed to getting your self-sufficiency back. Whether you currently lack full functional mobility due to a knee injury, arthritis or other joint pain, or even a central nervous system disorder like Parkinson’s disease, we’ll guide you through your journey to optimal mobility. Most treatment plans include strengthening, balance, and flexibility exercises. We also offer vestibular therapy to help with vestibular disorders that cause sensory dysfunction.

Ferguson, MO physical therapists often use the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) of seven levels to assess someone’s functional mobility:

  1. Complete independence, meaning you can achieve specific mobility thresholds without assistance and without taking an excessive amount of time
  2. Modified independence, meaning you need a device such as a cane to complete the task
  3. Supervision, meaning you can complete the task by yourself but need someone to monitor you for safety
  4. Minimal assistance, meaning you can exert 75% of the effort needed to complete the task or more while a physical therapist does the rest
  5. Moderate assistance, meaning you can perform about 50% of the work 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 even testing whether or not you can do it is not safe

At Axes Physical Therapy in Ferguson, MO, your tailor-made treatment plan may include gradually allowing you more and more independence until you get the highest level you can. All of our treatment plans are proven to be safe and effective through extensive clinical studies, and your dedicated physical therapist will begin your mobility treatment with a thorough evaluation of your health to verify 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 Ferguson, MO

Obviously, simply walking up the stairs pain-free 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 job-related tasks you need to carry out every day in order to provide for your Ferguson, MO family. At Axes, we offer comprehensive physical and occupational physical therapy that can help any individual achieve the activity level they desire. Our services also include:

  • Occupational therapy — Our Ferguson, MO occupational therapists are an essential part of getting you back to work after a work-related injury. We team up with you and your physician, insurance carrier, workers’ compensation lawyer and employer so you can get back to helping our Ferguson, MO community and supporting your family as you always have. Our advanced work rehabilitation includes Functional Capacity Evaluations to ascertain what functional capacities you are capable of.
  • Sports therapy Every athletes worst nightmare is a sudden fall or collision that keeps them off the field or court 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 Ferguson, 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 also specialize in injury prevention to help you reduce the risk of having to go through an injury again.
  • 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 work with your physician and surgeons to form a complete surgical team to ease your worry, and formulate an effective strategy 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 Ferguson, MO doctor about what physical therapy can do for you, or come see us for a free injury screening from a qualified physical or occupational therapist.

How a Physical Therapist in Ferguson, MO Can Help Improve Your Mobility

The four tenets of mobility are our strength, flexibility, range of motion, and balance:

  • Strength — While physical therapy can help rebuild muscle after an injury and slow the weakening of muscles as we age, it also helps to make sure no muscle is stronger or weaker than it should be in relation to the muscles around it. Achieving proportionately strong muscles around joints is vital to preventing injury and improving your mobility.
  • Flexibility and range of motion — To reach the movement health and lifestyle we desire, our muscles, ligaments, and other soft tissue need to be able to lengthen so that the joints they control and protect can function at their highest level.
  • Balance — Frequent causes of balance issues are:
    • Problems with vision
    • A vestibular condition, or a problem in your inner ear
    • Your proprioceptive system, the sense of awareness ingrained in our muscles and joints

A clinically experienced physical therapist in Ferguson, MO will be able to identify the source of your mobility issues and come up with a safe and effective treatment plan to get you back to the lifestyle you enjoy most. Beyond therapeutic strength, flexibility, and core exercises, your treatment plan may also include:

If your doctor and therapy team agree, a physical therapist in Ferguson, MO can also fit you for medically accepted assistive devices including splints, braces, crutches, or canes in order to best facilitate movement.

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How Physical Therapy in Ferguson, MO Helps Beyond Mobility

Physical therapy does more than just increase mobility. Your evidence-based treatment plans:

  • Pain relief for both acute and chronic conditions without needing to depend on costly and potentially habit forming prescription drugs
  • If applicable, the opportunity to avoid a surgical procedure by motivating your body to heal on its own
  • Mobility education, including physical therapy techniques you can safely do at home, injury prevention techniques, and the best postures for improved mobility
  • Motivating you to maintain an active lifestyle, which leads to increased energy, decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease, contributes to a healthy weight, improves your mood, and encourages your body to get a full 8 hours of sleep

Other services we offer in Ferguson, MO include:

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Whether you are looking for hand therapy in order to make it easier for you to do basic everyday things, are in need of meaningful pain management for arthritis, or need to return to optimal movement health following a devastating injury, Axes’ team of licensed physical and occupational therapists will develop and implement the treatment plan that works best for you. We pride ourselves on our client-centered approach. To get back your independence and active lifestyle, request an appointment with Axes Physical Therapy today or call the location most convenient for you.

Services Offered

Services Offered
  • Physical Therapy
    • Pre/Post Surgical Rehabilitation
    • Acute Injury Management
    • Chronic Injury Management
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy
  • Spine Specialty

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Antoinette Ghoston
Front Office
Brandi Arndt
MPT, CMPT
Laura Jenkins
MS, OTR/L
Brett Shelton
PT, DPT, OCS, COMT, CSMT
TJ Jung
PT, DPT

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