St. Ann, MO

St. Ann, MO

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

Mobility in St. Ann, MO. Our bodies are meant to be on the go. But sometimes, we sustain an injury or other condition that impedes us from our favorite activities, or even just being able to carry out or daily live comfortably. While that loss of physical mobility affects us in more ways than just physically, Axes Physical Therapy in St. Ann, MO offers treatment plans that have been proven to be successful and that are built specifically to getting you back to the life you want to live. Regardless of whether your mobility limitations are the result of an injury, a disease, or an impairment in your musculoskeletal skeleton such as sciatica, take the first steps in your best possible mobility and meaningful pain relief now by requesting 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 people that looks like getting in and out of a chair comfortably, while others have more active lifestyle desires like sprinting down the basketball court on a fast break. Whatever mobility means to you, if can’t complete the activities you want to speak with your doctor to see if physical therapy is the right choice for you.

Functional Mobility in St. Ann, MO

Functional mobility is the capacity one has to safely and efficiently move around in their home environment. This can be simple tasks such as rolling over in bed or walking up a flight of stairs. Fundamentally, functional mobility can be broken down into three categories:

  1. Bed mobility — Whether or not you are able to to easily move around in bed, including rolling, scooting, sitting up, and lying down.
  2. Transfers — Your ability to move from one place to a different one, for example from a bed to a chair.
  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 St. Ann, MO physical and occupational therapists at Axes are committed to getting your autonomy back. Whether you currently lack full functional mobility as a result of a knee injury, arthritis or other joint pain, or even a a progressive disorder like Parkinson’s disease, we’ll guide you through your journey to optimal mobility. Part of your treatment will likely be simple and safe strengthening, balance, and flexibility training. 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 staple of how to assess functional mobility in St. Ann, MO:

  1. Complete independence, meaning you can move in a certain way safely and without taking an excessive amount of time
  2. Modified independence, meaning you need a device such as a walker to complete the task
  3. Supervision, meaning you can complete the task by yourself but need someone to monitor you so you don’t hurt yourself
  4. Minimal assistance, meaning you can do 75% or more while a physical therapist helps you the rest of the way
  5. Moderate assistance, meaning you can perform about 50% of the work 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 can complete less than 25% of the task, or that even testing whether or not you can do it could lead to you becoming hurt

At Axes Physical Therapy in St. Ann, 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 examination of your health to confirm that the treatment modalities 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 St. Ann, MO

Obviously, simply being to move between chairs independently does not define optimal movement health for many of us. There are fast breaks to run, your children to play with, and the vocational tasks you need to perform every day in order to put food on the table for your St. Ann, MO family. At Axes, our occupational and physical therapists can help any athlete, worker, or family member achieve the activity level they desire. Our services also include:

  • Occupational therapy — Our St. Ann, 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 contributing to our St. Ann, MO community and providing for your family as you always have. Our advanced work rehabilitation includes Functional Capacity Evaluations to determine if you can safely go back to work either fully or in some capacity.
  • Sports therapy The worst-case scenario for any athlete is a sudden pop or crack that keeps them inactive and limited for weeks, months, or longer. Our St. Ann, MO physical therapy team knows how to help those who are sidelined because of ACL tears, rotator cuff tears, and a variety of other injuries. Our Certified Athletic Trainers can also educate you on the specifics of injury prevention to help you avoid re-injury.
  • 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 team up with the doctors recommending and performing your surgery to help you feel confident in your treatment, 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 St. Ann, MO doctor about whether they think getting you a prescription for physical therapy is right for you, or come see us for a free injury screening from a clinically experienced physical or occupational therapist.

How a Physical Therapist in St. Ann, MO Can Help Improve Your Mobility

The four tenets of mobility are 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 reaching optimal movement health.
  • Flexibility and range of motion — To reach the movement health and lifestyle we desire, our muscles, tendons, 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 — Balance issues are commonly caused by:
    • Vision issues
    • A vestibular disorder, 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 St. Ann, MO will find the root of your limitations in mobility and develop a safe and effective treatment plan to improve your movement health. Beyond restorative strength, flexibility, and core exercises, other evidence-backed techniques may include:

If necessary, a physical therapist in St. Ann, MO can also mold your very own medically accepted assistive devices including splints, braces, crutches, or canes in order to best facilitate movement.

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How Physical Therapy in St. Ann, 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 proven treatment plans:

  • Pain relief for both acute and chronic conditions without needing to depend on 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
  • Movement health education, including exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home with no risk to injury, what you can do to prevent injuries, and the best postures for improved mobility
  • Motivating better physical health, which leads to increased energy, lowers 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 St. Ann, MO include:

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Whether you are looking for 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 return to your active lifestyle following acute trauma, 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 that works best 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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