O’Fallon, MO

O’Fallon, MO

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

Mobility in O’Fallon, MO. Our bodies are meant 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 O’Fallon, MO can provide you with safe, effective, and evidence-backed treatment plans that are customized specifically to getting you back to the life you want to live. Whether your mobility is limited because of acute trauma, a chronic condition, or an impairment in your musculoskeletal skeleton such as sciatica, take the first steps in your best possible movement health and a pain-free daily life as soon as possible by setting up a free evaluation with Axes today or calling the the one of our multiple locations nearest you.

The one definition of mobility is, “the ability to move… freely and easily.” For some of us that may mean getting in and out of a chair comfortably, while others need to get back to serving an ace on the tennis court. Whatever it means to you, if your mobility is severely restricted speak with a physician about professional physical therapy services.

Functional Mobility in O’Fallon, MO

Functional mobility refers to a person’s ability to complete daily tasks. This can be simple tasks such as moving around in bed or walking up a flight of stairs. Fundamentally, there are three types of functional mobility:

  1. Bed mobility — Your ability to easily move around in bed, including rolling, scooting, sitting up, and lying down.
  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 If you can walk on your own while having objects in your hands.

If you currently need assistance to be functionally mobile, the O’Fallon, MO physical and occupational therapists at Axes are devoted to getting your independence back. Whether your currently limited functional mobility was caused by a knee injury, arthritis or other joint pain, or even a degenerative condition like Parkinson’s disease, we’ll design a tailor-made plan that safely and correctly helps you reach optimal mobility. Part of your treatment will likely be simple and safe strengthening, balance, and flexibility exercises. We also offer vestibular therapy to help with vestibular disorders that cause dizziness and vertigo.

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

  1. Complete independence, meaning you can complete a specified task without assistance and without taking an excessive 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 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 helps you the rest of the way
  5. Moderate assistance, meaning you can exert half of the effort required
  6. Maximal assistance, meaning you can complete about 25% of the task yourself
  7. Total assistance or not testable, meaning you are unable to put in 25% of the effort required, or that the activity is not safe to test

At Axes Physical Therapy in O’Fallon, 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 based on what research says can improve your mobility, and when you and your licensed physical therapist first meet, they will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your health to confirm that the treatment modalities we use are safe for someone in your exact condition.

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Beyond Functional Mobility in O’Fallon, MO

Obviously, simply rolling over in bed independently does not define optimal movement health for many of us. There are doubles to hit in your softball league, fun activities to share with your family, and the physical demands of the job you perform every day so that you can put food on the table for your O’Fallon, 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 O’Fallon, MO occupational therapists are crucial to your recovery when an injury or condition limits the mobility needed to to do your hob. We team up with you and your physician, insurance carrier, attorney and employer so you can get back to contributing to our O’Fallon, MO community and providing for your family as you want to. Our advanced work rehabilitation includes Functional Capacity Evaluations to determine what activity level you can safely carry out.
  • Sports therapy The last thing anyone who loves playing sports wants to experience is an unexpected pop or crack that keeps them inactive and limited for weeks, months, or longer. If you suffer an ACL tear, rotator cuff tear, or other sports injury, Axes Physical Therapy in O’Fallon, MO will help you restore 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 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 proven strategy to get the best possible outcome from your procedure.

However limited you currently are in your mobility, and the level of improved mobility you desire, consult with your O’Fallon, 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 free injury screening from a licensed physical or occupational therapist.

How a Physical Therapist in O’Fallon, 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 ensures that no muscle is disproportionately strong or weak. Surrounding our joints with healthy and equally strong muscles is imperative in 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 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 licensed physical therapist in O’Fallon, MO will be able to identify the source of your limitations in mobility and come up with a safe and effective treatment plan to get you back to the activities you love. In addition to therapeutic strength, flexibility, and core exercises, your treatment plan may also include:

If required, a physical therapist in O’Fallon, MO can also mold your very own medically accepted assistive devices such as splints, braces, crutches, or canes in order to help you achieve the best possible mobility.

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How Physical Therapy in O’Fallon, MO Helps Beyond Mobility

Physical therapy does more than just increase mobility. Your proven treatment plans:

  • 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 potential 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, what you can do to prevent injuries, and correct posture
  • Motivating better physical health, carries with it the benefits of increased energy, decreases your odds of developing cardiovascular disease, helps control weight, makes you feel better, and promotes better sleep

Other services we offer in O’Fallon, 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 joint problems, or want to get back on the field after a sports injury, Axes’ team of licensed physical and occupational therapists is here to help you get back to what you love doing most. 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 reach out to 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
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Vestibular Therapy and Post-Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Julie Freiner
OTR/L, CHT
Mitchell Hammack
PT, DPT, CMPT
Matt Williams
MS, OTR/L, ATC/L
Jennifer Szydlowski
Clinic Director, PT, CMPT
Kaysie Cope
Front Office
Lauren Vaughn
PT, DPT, CMPT, Astym Cert.

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