St. Charles, MO

St. Charles, MO

Sports therapy for your unique needs as an athlete

St. Charles, MO Sports Therapy

Physical activity is an essential part of your life. You enjoy playing ball with your work friends, going for a solitary run or a swim every morning, are preparing for college recruitment, or have made a career as a professional athlete. When your body sustains an injury of any kind, it can be devastating as an athlete. In order to safely recover from any injury or surgery and swiftly return to the sports and activities you love, you need the professional treatment and guidance of a sports therapist.

Axes Physical Therapy is here for all of your sports therapy needs in St. Charles, MO. The team at Axes Physical Therapy is the leader in St. Charles, MO sports therapy and sports injury rehabilitation. Our St. Louis area local physical therapy and athletic training team is ready to get you back in the game. As our patient, we will work closely with you to build a treatment plan that helps you acheive your primary objective of returning to an active lifestyle. Combined with your active participation in your treatment plan, your sports therapist will guide, educate, and develop a treatment plan that will once again make you the active athlete you turly are. To begin your return to optimal strength, health, and recovery, schedule your first St. Charles, MO sports therapy appointment today or get more information about what we do by sending us a message or requesting an appointment now.

What is Sports Therapy?

Sports therapy is a physical therapy sub-speciality built around the objective of preventing injuries, maximizing athletic performance, and returning athletes back to health following an acute or chronic injury. A sports therapist works closely with the athlete to return the patient to their peak performance level so they can safely get back to their sport. Patients in St. Charles, MO sports therapy usually begin after experiencing an acute injury, after receiving surgery, or when addressing overuse injuries that make it difficult or painful to participate in their usual activities.

Sports therapy aims to optimize movement, improve athletic performance, and recover from injury, and does so by applying the studies of sport and exercise science. It is practiced and administered by physical therapists and certified strength and conditioning specialists who apply evidence-based therapeutic practices to treat athletes. These professionals have trained and worked extensively in treating athletes, both amateur and professional, and are authorities in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Sports therapy places a focus on rehabilitation, treatment, prevention, and education.

Receiving St. Charles, MO Sports Therapy

When you enter a St. Charles, MO sports therapy program, your certified sports therapist will:

  • Review, in depth, your medical history and understand your goals for recovery
  • Assess and diagnose any injuries
  • Build a personalized treatment plan by consulting and discussing with you, your medical team, and sports experts
  • Prescribe and implement an effective rehabilitation program
  • Provide the necessary education in on-going strategies for pain reduction, injury prevention, chronic injury management, and performace optimization
  • Administer hands-on mobilization therapies specific to your condition
  • Make recommendations to help you maintain your ideal fitness level
  • Refer you to additional medical specialists, when appropriate

Your sports therapy program will be personalized – singular to your own unique personal needs and goals as an athlete. Our highly-skilled sports therapists will work closely with you, assuming the roles of physical therapist, performance coach, advisor, and occasional drill sergeant. Together, you and your sports therapist will colaboratively craft your sports therapy program using a combination of specialized treatments and exercises to help you properly heal after an injury, quickly return you to your preferred performance level, and fully prepare you for the mental challenge of returning to the competitive atmosphere of sports.

Patients receive a number of different treatment techniques in St. Charles, MO sports therapy, some of which include:

Our experienced, certified sports therapists and support team are attuned to the unique needs you have as an athlete in recovery. Regardless of whether you are a young athlete just beginning your introduction to sports, a casual athlete who simply enjoys being active, or are involved in the highest level of competition available, we are familiar with the impact an injury can have on your life. The struggle of physical pain, discomfort, and restricted mobility, coupled with the fear and anxiety of an uncertain future, is commonly seen and is completely normal. When a naturally active, driven individual grapples with an injury that limits their ability to participate in their sport, it is natural to experience feelings of anger, fear, doubt, or anxiety about returning to your previous ability level. A skilled sports therapist and a positive, encouraging healing environment is all you need to work through these psychological challenges and overcome any obstacle you face, both physical and mental.

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Who Should Receive Sports Therapy?

While sports therapy is often administered in a competitive sports setting, but that is not always the case. Sports therapy is for anybody who wants to remain physically active and injury-free. If you would like to improve your physical performance or properly recover from an injury or surgery, you will benefit from sports therapy in St. Charles, MO. It will allow you to return to sports and physical activity, in whatever form you prefer, as quickly and as safely as possible.

We treat St. Charles, MO sports therapy patients for many different reasons. The most common sports-related injuries, according to the National Institute of Health are:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Knee injuries
  • Swollen muscles
  • Sort tissue injuries
  • Achilles tendon injuries
  • Shin splints and shin pain
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Broken bones (simple and compound fractures)
  • Joint dislocations

There is always a risk of injuries like those listed above when one engages in physical activity. However, the risk increases for those who are not in good physical shape or anyone who participates in physical activity without simple precautions. You can reduce the risk of injury by adequately preparing before playing. Prior to engaging in strenuous physical activity or playing a sport, always stretch and warm-up. Ongoing strength and flexibility training also helps you avoid getting hurt. Use the proper technique and appropriate safety equipment for any sport, and allow your body time to rest. Even the world’s top athletes are prone to injury when they push themselves too far, playing without the proper rest or before allowing their current injuries the necessary recovery time.

Still, sometimes injuries happen even in the most careful situations. When this happens, you can mitigate the impact and severity of any injuries you suffer by responding appropriately. What do you do when you get hurt? Often, the best thing to do is to stop playing. Do not try to play through it, no matter how minor you think it might be. Most of the time, the first step in treatment is the RICE method, which stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation. It will alleviate pain, minimize swelling, and speed up the healing process. Most importantly, make sure you consider the most appropriate medical treatment to help you manage your condition. After you become injured, receive medical care right away and contact Axes Physical Therapy to begin sports therapy.

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We know that you value your active lifestyle, and returning to the sports you love is one of your top concerns after suffering an unexpected injury or having to receive surgery. Proper rehabilitation and sports therapy is the solution for those seeking and a complete and lasting recovery. When you work with Axes for your St. Charles, MO sports therapy needs, we will ensure that you heal according to research-based timelines specific to your injury and that you receive the proper therapeutic interventions, and we are committed to working with you to prevent further injury. Let us share our extensive knowledge and years of experience with you to help you get back to the physical activity you love. As a locally owned and operated physical therapy practice, we center our practice on the needs of our patients and clients. You will receive individualized care from sports therapists who know what it means to be an athlete. Don’t believe us? Check out our five-star Google reviews from previous patients.

When you are an athlete who needs to recover from an injury or surgery, time is of the essence. A good St. Charles, MO sports therapy practice will guide you in the timely and complete recovery you seek. For more information on our sports therapy program and other services, contact us online, visit our locations page for the office nearest you, or select your area from the list below.

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 (Astym)
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Video Motion Analysis
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sara Crain
PT, CEAS, Astym Cert.
Judy Watkins
Front Office Supervisor
John Ruesler
DPT, CMPT, Astym Cert.

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