Washington, MO

Washington, MO

Sports therapy for your unique needs as an athlete

Washington, MO Sports Therapy

Physical activity is an essential part of your life. Whether it’s through playing ball with friends from work, practicing catch with your youngest child, going for a morning jog, competing for scholarships and recruitment, or are a professional athlete by trade, you love to move. When you’re an athlete, sustaining any bodily injury is difficult. 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 commited to providing all of your sports therapy needs in Washington, MO. The team at Axes Physical Therapy comprises the area’s leading group of Washington, MO sports therapy professionals, from certified therapists to support staff. Our St. Louis area local physical therapy and athletic training team is ready to return you to the game. We work closely with each of our patients to align your treatment plan with your goals for returning to your active lifestyle. With your active participation in your treatment and the guidance, education, and treatments of your sports therapist, sports therapy can return you to the active lifestyle you value. To begin your recovery and to journey towards your highest level of fitness and strength, schedule your first Washington, 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, acheiving optimal fitness and 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 normal level of peformance so they can safely get back to their sport. Patients participating in Washington, MO sports therapy usually do so after experiencing an acute injury, after receiving surgery, or when suffering from 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 help athletes of all levels. These professionals have specialized their careers in treating athletes, both amateur and professional, and are experts in musculoskeletal rehabilitation. Sports therapy places a focus on rehabilitation, treatment, prevention, and education.

Receiving Washington, MO Sports Therapy

When you enter a Washington, MO sports therapy program, your certified sports therapist will:

  • Take an extensive medical history and investigate your goals for recovery
  • Assess and diagnose any injuries
  • Discuss and consult with you and your physician to develop a personalized treatment plan
  • Prescribe and implement an effective rehabilitation program
  • Educate you in on-going strategies for pain reduction, injury prevention, chronic injury management, and performace optimization
  • Administer hands-on mobilization therapies specific to your condition
  • Advise you on the best ways to 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. You and your therapist will work as a team to craft your sports therapy program using a combination of specialized treatments, exercises, and movements that will most effectively and safely assist in your recovery from an injury, return you to your ideal level of physical performance, and mentally prepare you to return to the competitive atmosphere of sports.

Some treatment techniques you may receive in Washington, MO sports therapy include:

Our seasoned top-level sports therapists and support team are attuned to the unique needs you have as an athlete in recovery. 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 understand how an injury can affect your life. The struggle of physical pain, discomfort, and restricted mobility is also incredibly psychologically painful, and is compounded by the mental and emotional turmoil that a naturally active, driven individual grapples with when suffering an injury. It is natural to experience such feelings as frustration with the limiting nature of your injury and fear, doubt, or anxiety about returning to your previous ability level. With the support of a good sports therapist a positive, fun, supportive healing environment, you can conquer these psychological challenges and overcome any obstacle you face, both physical and mental.

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Who Can Benefit From Sports Therapy?

Sports therapy commonly occurs court-side or in a competitive sports setting, that is not always the case. Anyone who desires to remain physically active and injury-free or seeks to safely recover from an injury or surgery can and should receive sports therapy in Washington, MO. It will prepare you for a strong, safe, and quick return to the sports or physical activities that are so important to you.

We treat Washington, 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 someone who is not in good physical shape or anyone who participates in physical activity without simple precautions. The risk of injury is dramatically less when you properly prepare 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. Additionally, using the proper technique and appropriate safety equipment for any sport reduces the chances of serious injury. 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.

Despite all precautions, 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? Usually, the best thing to do is to stop playing. Do not try to play through it, even if you believe the injury to be minor. For many kinds of injuries, 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 Washington, MO sports therapy needs, we will ensure that you heal correctly and completely according to evidence-based guidelines and that you receive the proven 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.

For an active individual who has been injured or recently received surgery, time is of the essence. For a swift and successful recovery, begin Washington, MO sports therapy as soon as you can. 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
  • Certified Hand Therapy
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Physical Therapy
  • Geriatric Physical Therapy
  • Vestibular Therapy
  • Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Spine Specialty – Certified Manual Therapy
  • Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy
  • Free Injury Screenings
  • Kinesio Taping®
  • Video Motion Analysis
  • Blood Flow Restriction Therapy

Our Team

Sarah Stevens
Front Office Supervisor
Sara Dowil
OTR/L, CHT
Mike Faris
PT, CMPT
Emily Helton
PT, DPT, CMPT, Astym Cert.

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