Hillsboro, MO

Hillsboro, 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 what you love doing most.

Mobility in Hillsboro, 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 doing what we love most. While that loss of physical mobility can affect our mental health as well, Axes Physical Therapy in Hillsboro, MO offers safe, effective, and evidence-backed solutions that are customized specifically to you, your age, and your desired activity level. No matter if your mobility limitations are the result of an injury, a degenerative condition, or a musculoskeletal problem such as sciatica, start on the road back to optimal movement health and meaningful pain relief as soon as possible by scheduling a free evaluation with Axes today or calling the location nearest you.

The dictionary defines mobility as, “the ability to move… freely and easily.” For some Hillsboro, MO residents that looks like picking up their grandchildren comfortably, while others have more active lifestyle desires like making a diving catch in their softball league. Whatever it means to you, if your mobility is severely restricted consult with your doctor to see if physical therapy is the right choice for you.

Functional Mobility in Hillsboro, MO

Functional mobility is the capacity one has to complete daily tasks. This can be anything from moving around in bed or carrying a cup of coffee to another room and sitting down. In general, there are three types of functional mobility:

  1. Bed mobility — Your ability to scoot, roll, and get in and out of bed with ease.
  2. Transfers — Whether or not you are able to switch between surfaces, for example from a chair, bed, or sofa to another.
  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 Hillsboro, MO physical and occupational therapists at Axes are devoted to helping you restore your self-sufficiency. Whether the condition affecting you is an ACL tear, arthritis or other joint pain, or even a degenerative condition like Parkinson’s disease, we’ll guide you through your journey to the best possible movement health. Part of your treatment will likely be simple and safe strengthening, balance, and flexibility training. We also offer vestibular therapy to help with vestibular disorders that cause dizziness and vertigo.

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

  1. Complete independence, meaning you can move in a certain way without risk of injury and in a timely manner
  2. Modified independence, meaning you can perform certain movements but only with an assistive device
  3. Supervision, meaning you can complete the task independently but need someone to monitor you for safety
  4. Minimal assistance, meaning you can do 75% or more while someone else does the rest
  5. Moderate assistance, meaning you can perform about 50% of the work required
  6. Maximal assistance, meaning you can complete about 25% of the task independently
  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 Hillsboro, MO, your customized treatment plan may include safely 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 at your first appointment with your professional physical therapist, they will perform a comprehensive examination of your health to confirm that the exercises we have in mind for you are safe for someone suffering from the same ailment you are.

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Beyond Functional Mobility in Hillsboro, MO

Obviously, many of us desire a higher level of movement health than just being to move between furniture pain-free. There are doubles to hit in your softball league, your children to pick up, and the occupational tasks of the job you carry out every day so that you can provide for your Hillsboro, MO family. At Axes, we offer comprehensive physical and occupational physical therapy that can help any athlete, worker, or family member achieve the activity level they desire. We also offer:

  • Occupational therapy — Our Hillsboro, MO occupational therapists are crucial to your return to work when an injury or condition does not allow you to carry out the tasks of your job. We serve as an integral member of your workers’ compensation team so you can get back to contributing to our Hillsboro, MO community and supporting your family as you want to. Our advanced work rehabilitation includes Functional Capacity Evaluations to ascertain if you are ready to return to your job.
  • Sports therapy The last thing any athlete wants to experience is a sudden fall or collision that sidelines them and keeps them from what they love for weeks, months, or longer. Our Hillsboro, MO physical therapy team is experienced in helping those who are sidelined because of ACL tears, rotator cuff tears, and a variety of other injuries. 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 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.

Whatever the current level of mobility, and lifestyle you are trying to get back to, consult with your Hillsboro, MO doctor about whether they think getting you a prescription for physical therapy is right for you, or come see us for a no-risk, no-obligation injury screening from a licensed physical or occupational therapist.

How a Physical Therapist in Hillsboro, 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 crucial in preventing injury and reaching optimal movement health.
  • Flexibility and range of motion — To achieve optimal movement health, our muscles, tendons, and other soft tissue need to be able to lengthen so that the joints they control and protect can function properly.
  • Balance — Frequent causes of balance issues include:
    • Problems with eyesight
    • A vestibular issue, or something in your inner ear
    • Your proprioceptive system, or the network between your sensory receptors and your nervous system

A professional physical therapist in Hillsboro, MO will be able to identify the source of your mobility issues and come up with 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 necessary, a physical therapist in Hillsboro, MO can also create custom medically accepted assistive devices such as splints, braces, crutches, or canes in order to best facilitate movement.

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How Physical Therapy in Hillsboro, 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 customized treatment plans:

  • Pain relief for both acute and chronic conditions without needing to depend on prescription medications
  • If applicable, the opportunity to avoid a surgical procedure by motivating your body to heal on its own
  • Mobility education, including exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home with no risk to injury, injury prevention techniques, and the best postures for improved mobility
  • Motivating better physical health, which leads to increased energy, decreases your odds of developing 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 Hillsboro, MO include:

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Whether you need hand therapy in order to make it easier for you to type, are in need of meaningful pain management for arthritis, 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 leads to positive patient outcomes. 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
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Advanced Work Rehabilitation
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Vestibular Therapy/Concussion Management
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Angie LeClere
Front Office
Mary McKinney
Front Office
Helen Ziegler
Front Office
Kaila Mikesch
PT, DPT, CMPT
Ryan Knuckles
PT, DPT, Astym Cert., Dry Needling Cert.
Ernie Goddard
Clinic Director, PT
Natalie Carter
PT, DPT, Astym. Cert.
Emma Witte
PTA, ASTYM Cert.

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