Kirkwood, MO

Kirkwood, MO

It is possible to regain the mobility and independence you once enjoyed. Call Axes Physical Therapy for evidence-based, tailored treatment plans to get you back to what you love doing most.

Mobility in Kirkwood, MO. Our bodies are designed to move. But sometimes, our mobility is impeded and it impedes us from the activities we love. While that loss of physical mobility also have an impact on our emotional well-being, Axes Physical Therapy in Kirkwood, MO can provide you with treatment plans that have been proven to be successful and that are tailored specifically to you and your needs. Regardless of whether your mobility is limited because of acute trauma, a degenerative condition, or an impairment in your musculoskeletal skeleton such as sciatica, take the first steps in your best possible movement health and meaningful pain relief now by requesting an appointment with Axes today or calling the the one of our multiple locations nearest you.

The dictionary definition of mobility is, “the ability to move… freely and easily.” For some Kirkwood, MO residents that may mean getting in and out of a chair comfortably, while for others it may mean making a diving catch in their softball league. Whatever you need to improve your movement health for, if your mobility is severely restricted consult with your doctor about professional physical therapy services.

Functional Mobility in Kirkwood, MO

Functional mobility is the capacity one has to complete daily tasks. This can be simple tasks such as moving around in bed or getting in and out of the shower safely. Fundamentally, functional mobility is typically though of in three different ways:

  1. Bed mobility — Whether or not you can to easily move around in bed, including rolling, scooting, sitting up, and lying down.
  2. Transfers — Whether or not you are able 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.

If you cannot currently complete some or all of the tasks above without a person or assistive device helping you, the Kirkwood, MO physical and occupational therapists at Axes are devoted to helping you regain your independence. Whether your currently limited functional mobility was caused by an ACL tear, arthritis or other joint pain, or even a central nervous system disorder like Parkinson’s disease, we’ll implement a personalized plan that safely and correctly helps you reach the best possible movement health. Most treatment plans include strengthening, balance, and flexibility exercises. We also offer vestibular therapy for people who have a debilitating vestibular disorder.

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

  1. Complete independence, meaning you are able to achieve specific mobility thresholds without assistance and without taking an excessive amount of time
  2. Modified independence, meaning you need a device such as crutches to complete the task
  3. Supervision, meaning you can perform the movement by yourself but need someone standing by so you don’t hurt yourself
  4. Minimal assistance, meaning you can exert 75% of the work 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 complete about 25% 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 Kirkwood, MO, your personalized 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 based on what research says works best for you, and your dedicated physical therapist will begin your mobility treatment with a comprehensive evaluation of your health to confirm that the exercises we use are safe for someone suffering from the same ailment you are.

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Beyond Functional Mobility in Kirkwood, MO

Needless to say, simply being to move between chairs 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 job-related tasks you need to perform every day in order to provide for your Kirkwood, MO family. At Axes, our occupational and physical therapists can help any individual reach the optimal movement health they need to get back to the activities they love. Our services also include:

  • Occupational therapy — Our Kirkwood, 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, attorney and employer so you can get back to being an integral member of our Kirkwood, 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 worst-case scenario for any athlete is a sudden injury 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 Kirkwood, 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 can also educate you on the specifics of injury prevention to help you stay off the sidelines.
  • Pre/post surgical rehabilitation Surgery makes anyone anxious. Whether your surgery is elective or medically necessary, we’ll work with your physician and surgeons to form a complete surgical team to help you feel confident in your treatment, and develop an effective plan of action to get the best possible outcome from your procedure.

Whatever the current level of mobility, and lifestyle you are trying to get back to, consult with your Kirkwood, MO doctor about whether or not physical therapy is a good option for you, or come see us for a no-obligation injury screening from a licensed physical or occupational therapist.

How a Physical Therapist in Kirkwood, 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 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 — Problems with balance are typically due to:
    • Vision issues
    • A vestibular issue, or something in your inner ear
    • Your proprioceptive system, the receptors in our muscles that monitor length, tension, pressure and noxious stimuli

A licensed physical therapist in Kirkwood, MO will determine what is causing your limitations in mobility and come up with a safe and effective treatment plan to get you back to the activities you love. Beyond therapeutic strength, flexibility, and core exercises, your treatment plan may also include:

If your doctor and therapy team agree, a physical therapist in Kirkwood, MO can also mold your very own 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 Kirkwood, MO Helps Beyond Mobility

Physical therapy does more than just increase strength and flexibility. Your proven treatment plans:

  • Pain relief, whether from an injury or pain that is chronic in nature without the need of prescription medications
  • 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 correct posture
  • Motivating better physical health, carries with it the benefits of increased energy, decreases your risk of cardiovascular disease, helps control weight, makes you feel better, and encourages your body to get a full 8 hours of sleep

Other services we offer in Kirkwood, MO include:

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Whether you need hand therapy in order to make it easier for you to do basic everyday things, 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 will develop and implement the treatment plan that works best for you. We take a 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
  • Work Conditioning/Hardening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • DorsaVi Video Motion Analysis
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

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