Hazelwood, MO

Hazelwood, MO

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

Mobility in Hazelwood, MO. Our bodies are designed to move. But sometimes, our mobility is impeded and it keeps us from doing what we love most. While that loss of physical mobility also have an impact on our emotional well-being, Axes Physical Therapy in Hazelwood, MO can provide you with safe, effective, and evidence-backed solutions that are built specifically to getting you back to the life you want to live. Whether your mobility is limited because of an injury, a degenerative condition, or a musculoskeletal problem such as sciatica, take the first steps in your best possible mobility and comfort now by setting up a mobility and injury analysis with Axes today or calling the the one of our 15 locations nearest you.

The dictionary defines mobility as, “the ability to move… freely and easily.” For some people that looks like picking up their kids comfortably, while for others it may mean serving an ace on the tennis court. Whatever mobility means to you, if your mobility is severely restricted speak with your doctor about professional physical therapy and movement health services.

Functional Mobility in Hazelwood, MO

Functional mobility is the capacity one has to safely and efficiently move around in their home environment. This can be anything from rolling over in bed or bringing a cup of coffee to the next room and sitting on the couch. Fundamentally, functional mobility is typically though of in three different ways:

  1. Bed mobility — Whether or not you can to comfortably move around in bed, including rolling, scooting, sitting up, and lying down.
  2. Transfers — Your ability to switch between surfaces, for example from one chair to another.
  3. Ambulation If you can walk on your own while having objects in your hands.

While the injury or condition impeding your functional mobility may mean that you currently rely on assistance in order to operate in your daily life, the Hazelwood, MO physical and occupational therapists at Axes are committed to getting your independence back. Whether your currently limited functional mobility was caused by an ACL tear, arthritis or other joint pain, or even a a progressive 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 highly trained in vestibular therapy for people who have a debilitating vestibular disorder.

The seven level Functional Independence Measure (FIM) is the main way to determine functional mobility in Hazelwood, MO:

  1. Complete independence, meaning you are able to achieve specific mobility thresholds without assistance and in a relatively normal amount of time
  2. Modified independence, meaning you can perform specific movements but only with an assistive device
  3. Stand-by assist, meaning you can perform the movement by yourself but need someone next to you for safety
  4. Minimal assistance, meaning you can do 75% or more while a physical therapist does the rest
  5. Moderate assistance, meaning you can exert half of the effort necessary
  6. Maximal assistance, meaning you can put in a quarter of the work of the task independently
  7. Total assistance or not testable, meaning you are unable to put in a quarter of the effort required, or that the activity is not safe to test

At Axes Physical Therapy in Hazelwood, MO, your personalized treatment plan may include safely taking you up through the seven levels, or at least to the highest level possible. All of our treatment plans are based on what research says can improve your mobility, and at your first appointment with your professional physical therapist, they will perform a thorough examination of your health to verify that the treatment modalities we use are safe for someone in your exact condition.

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Beyond Functional Mobility in Hazelwood, MO

To be sure, simply walking up the stairs pain-free does not define optimal movement health for many of us. There are corners to burn on the football field, your pets to pick up, and the occupational tasks of the job you perform every day in order to put food on the table for your Hazelwood, MO family. At Axes, our occupational and physical therapists can help any individual achieve the activity level they desire. Our services also include:

  • Occupational therapy — Our Hazelwood, MO occupational therapists are essential to your recovery when an injury or condition does not allow you to carry out the tasks of your job. We team up with you and your physician, insurance carrier, workers’ compensation lawyer and employer so you can get back to contributing to our Hazelwood, MO community and supporting your family as you want to. Our advanced work rehabilitation includes Functional Capacity Evaluations to determine if you are ready to return to your job.
  • Sports therapy Every athletes worst nightmare is an unexpected pop or crack that sidelines them and keeps them from what they love for weeks, months, or longer. If you suffer an ACL tear, rotator cuff tear, or other sports injury, Axes Physical Therapy in Hazelwood, 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 elective or medically necessary, we’ll team up with the doctors recommending and performing your surgery to give you piece of mind, and formulate a successful strategy 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 Hazelwood, MO doctor about whether they think getting you a prescription for physical therapy is right 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 Hazelwood, MO Can Help Improve Your Mobility

Our mobility is based on 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. 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 improve our mobility to the highest level we can, 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 include:
    • Vision issues
    • A vestibular disorder, 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 Hazelwood, 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 restorative strength, flexibility, and core exercises, We can help you improve your mobility with:

If necessary, a physical therapist in Hazelwood, 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 Hazelwood, 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. As we work to reach optimal movement health, you’ll also enjoy:

  • Pain relief, whether from an injury or pain that is chronic in nature without the need of costly and potentially habit forming prescription drugs
  • Depending on the nature of your mobility limitations, the opportunity to avoid surgery by motivating your body to heal on its own
  • Mobility education, including exercises you can safely do at home, injury prevention techniques, and the best postures for improved mobility
  • Motivating better physical health, carries with it the benefits of increased energy, decreases your risk of heart 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 Hazelwood, MO include:

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Whether you are looking for 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 arthritis, or need to return to optimal movement health following a devastating injury, Axes’ team of licensed physical and occupational therapists is here to help you get back to the activities you love. We take a an approach that focuses on personalized treatment. To restore the level of mobility you deserve, 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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