Research says Physical Therapy is Vital to Recovering!

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical & occupational therapist and nutritionist agrees with author Darice Britt from South University who states that rehabilitation of an injured athlete should be carefully evaluated and monitored on a daily basis.

Physical therapists carefully examine the injured athlete to determine whether there are weak or inflexible muscles in the body that could cause future injury. They are trained to target specific joints and muscles in the body through exercise, manual therapy, and pressure point release techniques that help rebuild strength and movement of the body after injury.

Since injuries are time-dependent, the normal healing process follows a pattern of acute phase, subacute phase, and chronic phase.

“Each phase dictates a different treatment approach and it is the physical therapist’s responsibility to accurately diagnose which phase and what treatment the patient should receive”  Says Apostolos Theophilou, DPT, clinical coordinator of the Physical Therapist Assisting program at South University

Theophilou also says:

“Through the years, therapists have been successfully able to log the ‘steps’ for each phase, thus now we have collective treatment protocols that have a complete analysis of what activities and treatments the athlete should be receiving based on his current phase”

Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert physical therapist!

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Dr. Grace Walker with 3 Tips to Avoid Slip and Fall Injuries

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, sees countless slip and fall injuries every year. They are more common than you’d expect!  ¼ of Americans over the age of 65 fall each year. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. It is not just older populations that need to be careful- falls can happen to anyone.

“All too often, people take their footing for granted. It’s typical for someone to walk around at full speed without ever looking down at the ground. This may be fine when there are no obstacles and the ground is made of something that gives good traction, but it can result in tripping or slipping if there’s something unexpected in the way or the ground has become icy,” says Dr. Samantha Stuart, D.C. from Portland, Oregon.

We’re sure you don’t need too much convincing on the topic of how detrimental falls can be. Are you curious how you and your loved ones might be able to avoid becoming one of these statistics? Here are 3 tips to keep in mind.

  1. Slip and fall accidents often happen in icy, wet, oily or slick conditions. Sidewalks, which are normally safe, become slippery and dangerous. Painted crosswalks on the road become very slippery when they are damp. Even in better weather conditions, some dirt on the ground could have you flailing like a mad-man to keep your balance!
  2. Remember to look down while you are walking. Many accidents stem from tripping over objects, or slipping on wet surfaces. Practice quick intervention by quickly cleaning any water spilled in the home, or clearing your path of objects left by you or your children.
  3. If you are have fallen once or more, speak with your doctor. There may be a reason you have fallen that you are not aware of. The issue might even be correctable, such as balance or an unusual gait or walking pattern.

 

If you have fallen, or feel you are risk for falling, call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to start your personalized plan of care for vestibular rehabilitation with an expert physical therapist!

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

714-997-5518

1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

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Alzheimer’s Prevention and Physical Therapy?- 2 new studies that might have more in common than you think.

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You may already be asking yourself- What does Dementia and Physical Therapy have to do with each other? More than you might know! Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, has reviewed two new studies that you might want to know about.

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  • What is Dementia, and how does Alzheimer’s disease differ?

This is one of the most common questions which can be answered quite simply. Dementia is an umbrella term for symptoms such as impaired memory or thinking. It is commonly associated with the cognitive decline of aging. Many conditions cause dementia such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s.

Alzheimer’s disease, as of now, has no cure. It is caused by abnormal protein deposits in the brain which form plaques and tangles in the brain. Connections between the neurons (communication cells) in the brain are lost and begin to die. The lack of communication between cells in the brain causes the symptoms of dementia.

 

Brenda Vrkljan, associate professor of occupational therapy at McMaster University in Hamilton, has found the “clock-drawing test” to be a useful screening tool to measure cognitive impairment in patients with signs of dementia. It has been proven so useful that Ontario adopted this test for its senior drivers. Poor scores do not result in the license being revoked, however, they do signal the need for a closer look at the drivers physical and cognitive condition.

Vrkljan warns against family members administering this test at home as “there is a standardized approach to how you score it.” So don’t try to make your grandfather try to draw a clock after you’ve read this- he might not be too excited about you testing his clock-drawing abilities, anyhow.

 

  • Prevention and regulation of symptoms is possible.

Recent studies have shown that exercise programs can help reduce the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and regulate symptoms of dementia. This is done a few different ways.

  1. Slow mental decline– exercise has been shown to slow brain atrophy (degeneration), especially in the hippocampus, which can influence memory and spatial navigation.
  2. Reduce the risk of falls– changes in judgement and spatial control contribute to tendency to fall. Exercises improve balance and reduce the fear of falling.
  3. Improve physical function– mobility, balance, coordination, and strength.
  4. Improve sleep– sleep disorders are common in dementia patients. Exercise can help one fall into a normal sleep pattern.

 

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our staff of trained physical therapists are here to help you and your loved ones design and carry out supervised exercise programs. We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in an affordable, fun, healing environment.

Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!

 

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Orange, CA 92868

Phone: (714) 997-5518

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Program for Vestibular Rehabilitation

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Grace Walker, physical & occupational therapist and nutritionist says: ” Even if you feel a little less balanced than you used to, or only had a minor fall, you are still at risk and will benefit from the Better Balance Program.”

It has been estimated that at least 20% of patients who present to their physician with vertigo have Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). Usually, patients with BPPV report:

  • Dizziness that may be triggered by head movements
  • Unsteadiness
  • Falling or near falling
  • Visual &/or visual disturbance

Dizziness leads to falls and for people over the age of 50, falling is NOT a normal part of aging

-Grace Walker

Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to start your personalized plan of care for vestibular rehabilitation with an expert physical therapist!

714-997-5518

1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

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Raving Fan of Vestibular Program at Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center

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Dizziness leads to falls, and for people over the age of 50, falling is NOT a normal part of aging.

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center has  a vestibular rehabilitation program developed by Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist that fans rave about. Here is a success story from one of our patients who absolutely loved the treatment.

“I went to my doctor because I had been feeling dizzy for the past 3 months and I came close to falling many times.  My doctor sent me to Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center and the treatment for my vertigo and balance was amazing;  I didn’t realize how many body parts were involved, but the experienced therapists were able to coordinate my treatments to maximize my results.  All of the staff was helpful and friendly, and the office is always tidy.  I have recommended my friends to Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center, and I would recommend Grace Walker’s treatments to ANYONE”
– N. Love

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Suffer no longer  with the effective treatment and genuine care from Walker PT & Pain Center’s team of experts!

Call us at 714-997-5518 for more information or to set up an appointment.

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Victory Over Vertigo

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Walker PT & Pain Center’s Program for Vestibular Rehabilitation (Dizziness, Vertigo & Balance)

Kelsey Smith PT, DPT writes a thorough article in PT products online entitled: “Help! I have Vertigo

Dr. Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist, and Nutritionist at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center has developed a program similar to the one reported here.

 

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It has been estimated that at least 20% of patients who present to the physician with vertigo have Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). However, this may be an underestimation. Usually, patients with BPPV report dizziness that may be triggered by head movements, unsteadiness, falling or near falling, &/or visual disturbance. Dizziness leads to falls and for people over the age of 50, falling is NOT a normal part of aging. Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center has an effective and affordable program for patients who are at risk for serious fall injuries and for those who have already fallen. Even if you feel a little less balanced than you used to or only had a minor fall, you are still at risk and will benefit from Walker’s Better Balance Program with our team of experts.

Walker PT & Pain Center’s Vestibular Program:

  • Dix-Hallpike Test
  •  Epley Maneuver for Canalith Repositioning
  •  Home Canalith Repositioning Exercis
  • 830 ML Laser applied to ear canal using cone and upper cervical are
  • General Balance Evaluation
  • Cervical Evaluation & Treatment

 

For an appointment with an expert physical therapist call Walker Physical Therapy in Orange, California.

714-997-5518

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