Webster Groves, MO

Webster Groves, MO

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

Mobility in Webster Groves, MO. Our bodies are meant to to make walking and other movements easy. But sometimes, our mobility is impeded and it impedes us from the activities we love. While experiencing pain and other factors that affect mobility also have an impact on our emotional well-being, Axes Physical Therapy in Webster Groves, 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. Whether your mobility is limited because of acute trauma, a degenerative condition, or an impairment in your musculoskeletal skeleton such as sciatica, start on the road back to your best possible mobility and a pain-free daily life as soon as possible by requesting an appointment with Axes today or calling the location nearest you.

The dictionary defines mobility as, “the ability to move… freely and easily.” For some people that looks like walking up the stairs comfortably, while others have more active lifestyle desires like making a diving catch in their softball league. Whatever it means to you, if you can’t live the life you want comfortable speak with a physician about professional physical therapy and movement health services.

Functional Mobility in Webster Groves, MO

Functional mobility is the capacity one has to safely and efficiently move around in their home environment. This includes simple tasks such as comfortably laying down in bed each night or getting in and out of the shower safely. In general, there are three types of functional mobility:

  1. Bed mobility — Whether or not you are able to to scoot, roll, and get in and out of bed with ease.
  2. Transfers — Your ability to move from one surface to another, 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.

If you cannot currently complete some or all of the tasks above without the aid of a person or assistive device, the Webster Groves, MO physical and occupational therapists at Axes are devoted to getting your independence back. Whether your currently limited functional mobility was caused by a sports injuryan rotator cuff tear tear, arthritis or other joint pain, or even a a progressive disorder like Parkinson’s disease, we’ll guide you through your journey to optimal movement health. Part of your treatment will likely be simple and safe strengthening, balance, and flexibility exercises. We also offer vestibular therapy for people who have a debilitating vestibular disorder.

The seven level Functional Independence Measure (FIM) is the staple of how to evaluate functional mobility in Webster Groves, MO:

  1. Complete independence, meaning you can complete a specified task safely and in a relatively normal amount of time
  2. Modified independence, meaning you can perform certain movements but only with a walker, a cane, or crutches
  3. Supervision, meaning you can complete the task independently but need someone standing by so you don’t hurt yourself
  4. Minimal assistance, meaning you can do 75% or more while someone else does the rest
  5. Moderate assistance, meaning you can perform about half of the work required
  6. Maximal assistance, meaning you can put in a quarter of the work of the task without assistance
  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 Webster Groves, MO, your personalized treatment plan may include gradually taking you up through the seven levels, or at least to the highest level you are able to achieve. All of our treatment plans are based on what research says works best for you, and when you and your licensed physical therapist first meet, they will perform a thorough evaluation 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 Webster Groves, MO

Needless to say, simply walking up the stairs pain-free does not define optimal movement health for many of us. There are pickleball leagues to dominate, fun activities to share with your family, and the vocational tasks you need to perform every day so that you can earn a living for your Webster Groves, 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. We also offer:

  • Occupational therapy — Our Webster Groves, MO occupational therapists are vital 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 helping our Webster Groves, MO community and providing for your family as you always have. Our advanced work rehabilitation includes Functional Capacity Evaluations to ascertain if you are ready to return to your job.
  • Sports therapy The last thing anyone who loves playing sports wants to experience is an unexpected fall or collision 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 Webster Groves, 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 are big believers in teaching injury prevention to help you avoid re-injury.
  • 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 work with your physician and surgeons to form a complete surgical team to ease your worry, and develop a proven strategy to get the best possible outcome from your procedure.

Whatever the current level of mobility, and the extent to wish you want to improve it, consult with your Webster Groves, MO doctor about what physical therapy can do for you, or come see us for a complimentary injury screening from a professional physical or occupational therapist.

How a Physical Therapist in Webster Groves, 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 ensures that no muscle is disproportionately strong or weak. Having equal muscle balance around joints is essential in preventing injury and improving your mobility.
  • 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 are:
    • Problems with eyesight
    • A vestibular disorder, or something in your inner ear
    • Your proprioceptive system, the sense of awareness ingrained in our muscles and joints

An experienced physical therapist in Webster Groves, MO will find the root of your mobility issues and come up with a safe and effective treatment plan to improve your movement health. Beyond therapeutic strength, flexibility, and core exercises, other evidence-backed techniques may include:

If necessary, a physical therapist in Webster Groves, MO can also mold your very own medically accepted assistive devices including splints, braces, crutches, or canes in order to help you achieve the best possible mobility.

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How Physical Therapy in Webster Groves, MO Helps Beyond Mobility

Physical therapy does more than just increase mobility. As we work to improve your movement health, you’ll also enjoy:

  • Pain relief for both acute and chronic conditions without having to use painkillers or opioids
  • In some cases, the opportunity to avoid a surgical procedure by motivating your body to heal on its own
  • Patient 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, carries with it the benefits of enhanced energy, lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease, contributes to a healthy weight, improves your mood, and promotes better sleep

Other services we offer in Webster Groves, MO include:

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Whether you are looking for hand therapy in order to make it easier for you to use a computer, are looking for 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 employ a client-centered approach. To get back your independence and active lifestyle, request an appointment with Axes Physical Therapy today or find the location that works best 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

Stephen Brunjes
OTR/L, CEAS
Sarah Barker
Front Office
Scott Gallant
PT, FAAOMPT, BDN
Stacey Collins
Clinic Director, PT, DPT, CMPT

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