3 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Hip Fractures

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Dr. Grace Walker, nutritionist, physical and occupational therapist, is aware that at the age of 40, everybody begins to slowly lose bone mass. Women between the ages of 60 to 90 are most likely to experience a hip fracture due to the loss of bone density that occurs after menopause. You may be able to slow down this process by simply building as much bone mass as you can before this occurs, which will leave you with more “in stock”.

Ways to increase bone density and reduce the risk of hip fractures include:

  • Weight bearing exercises
    • Running
    • walking
    • Resistance training
  • Classes that improve balance and strength
    • Yoga
    • Tai chi
    • Pilates
  • Proper nutrition

Factors for losing bone density and increasing the risk of hip fractures is:

  • Smoking
  • Excessive drinking of alcohol (multiple drinks a day)
  • Having low body weight

It is important to pay close attention to your bone health if you identify with any factors that increase the risk of hip fractures. It is recommended that women at the age of 65 and men the age of 70 monitor their bone health with a bone density scan. Fractures usually happen with everyday accidents like tripping around the house. Patients with repaired fractures can begin weight-bearing exercises right away with physical therapy to return to their daily activities as soon as possible.

If you have fallen, or feel you are risk for falling, call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to start your personalized plan of care with an expert physical therapist! We provide personalized therapy programs for each patient. Our trained therapists have will assess your injuries, old and new, and goals to design a physical therapy program to help you overcome injuries.

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

714-997-5518

Orange, CA 92868

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3 Treatments for the Root Cause of Your Neck Pain

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, knows that neck pain can make everyday activities, like driving, an obstacle. Though neck stiffness may fade within a few days, some people may experience symptoms that are long lasting. Physical Therapists can target a specific classification of neck pain such as, mobility deficits, headaches, sprains, etc. Evidence proves that this treatment has a better outcome than just general neck pain treatment.

Specific treatments include:

  1. Manipulation/mobilization of the cervical or thoracic spine- The neck is a very vulnerable area and mobilization techniques can be less invasive and just as effective, in reducing pain, as cervical thrust manipulation. It has been proven that these techniques can improve neck pain and function.
  2. Strengthening- Treatments combined with exercise can be extremely beneficial. Increasing the strength and endurance of the muscles that support the neck, called the Deep Neck Flexor Muscles, can reduce the amount of stress on stiff joints while improving the coordination of movements in the neck.
  3. Stretching- Neck pain is usually accompanied by lack of flexibility in neck muscles. Therefore, including stretching in your treatment can increase neck mobility. In a study, neck stiffness was seen to improve in patients who practiced stretching almost as much as patients that underwent manual therapy.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have an effective program for our patients with neck pain. We look at the “root cause” when treating neck pain to provide insights as to why you are experiencing pain, instead of just a quick fix!

We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in an affordable, fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!

 

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

1111 W. Town and Country Rd. Ste. 1

 Orange, CA 92868

 Phone: 714-997-5518

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70% of Adults Complain of Neck Pain, Do You?

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Sportsman in pain

Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, has reviewed a recent study that examined how effective physical therapy was for patients with neck pain. Guess what they found? Physical therapy was successful in treating neck pain. They used 3 methods: electrotherapy, kinesiotherapy, and manual massage. Results showed a combination of the 3 methods was the most effective.

“Neck pain is a common health problem in the United States. It has been estimated that about 70% of adults are afflicted by neck pain at some time in their lives, 10 to 15% of adults report neck pain that has persisted more than 6 months in the past year, and 5% of adults are currently experiencing disabling neck pain.” (Sherman 233)

Neck pain often stems many things; from something severe such as a traumatic injury, to prolonged poor exposure while working or driving. However one thing you might not have known is that injuries affecting other parts of the body, such as the shoulders, back and even hips, may be the root cause of neck injury.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have an effective program for our patients with neck pain. We look at the “root cause” when treating neck pain to provide insights as to why you are experiencing pain, instead of just a quick fix! We also look at our patients BMI and then look at the daily activities demand.

We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in an affordable, fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

1111 W. Town and Country Rd. Ste. 1

 Orange, CA92868

 Phone: 714-997-5518

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PT and OT: Differences and Similarities

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Have you ever wondered what the differences are between occupational and physical therapy? While many aspects of occupational and physical therapy do overlap, they are not exactly the same. Continue reading as Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, explains the differences and similarities of physical and occupational therapy.

Occupational therapy (OT) originally began as a method to treat the mentally ill. OT has transformed into a field that helps people live independently in many different ways. Today, occupational therapists work in many diverse settings, from prosthetic and adaptive aids to assisted living care. The key word to keep in mind when thinking of occupational therapy would be “independence”.

Physical therapy (PT), on the other hand, involves treating an actual impairment. Reasons you might see a physical therapist could be rehabilitation after an injury, strengthening to prevent injury, balance rehabilitation, and TMJ- just to name a few. The goal of physical therapy is to restore mobility, decrease pain and educate. This minimizes the need for expensive surgery or long-term reliance on medications. Physical therapists also teach patients how to prevent or manage their condition so they can secure long-term health benefits.

At times, occupational and physical therapists do work together. This type of program would involve the PT focusing on the impairment, while the OT helps the patient complete necessary tasks with the impairment. For instance, a worker injures his hand and is unable to work or care for himself. A physical therapists would help compose an exercise program, select and use adaptive equipment, regain mobility, and ultimately get the worker back to his job. An occupational therapist would help the worker re-learn how to dress himself, cook for himself, and cleanse himself.

The examples posted here are a very small list of the differences and similarities between OT and PT. The three largest similarities between them is that they have the same goal- to get patients healthy, happy, and live life to the fullest.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our mission is to inspire, educate and motivate clients by providing affordable treatment while promoting healing in an environment that fosters integrity and respect.

If you are experiencing pain, discomfort, or lack of mobility, call us at (714) 997-5518 to schedule an evaluation with one of our expert physical therapists.

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

(714) 997-5518

www.walkerpt.com

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Pain Relief for Headaches

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 “Headaches are often the result of pain from the upper cervical extensor muscles” Says Grace Walker, physical & occupational therapist and nutritionist.

Stress is often a component f this. When  a person undergoes stress, he/she tends to tense his/her body into a poor posture; a head forward position adopted with chin jutting and upper cervical extension. The associated upper cervical muscles tighten, trigger points can be palpated and referred pain may be experienced behind the eyes and/or in the occipital, frontal or temporal areas.

 

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center’s program for headaches includes:

  • Strengthening of the scapular muscles to support the head and neck
  • Soft tissue and joint mobilization
  • Pressure Point Release to occipital, sub occipital, upper trapezei, and levator scapulae muscles
  • Modalities for pain relief including the 830MLaser and ice
  • A Comprehensive home exercise program

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

714-997-5518

1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste.1

Orange, CA 92868

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Grace Walker Physical Therapist is an advocate of the FDA approved ML830 laser

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laserPicA certified physical therapist and nutritionist, Dr. Grace Walker is also a registered occupational therapist. Dr. Grace Walker offers care through the Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California. As the owner and principal therapist, she provides treatment for outpatient disorders, such as joint pains, and rehabilitation for sports injuries. The Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center utilizes advanced technologies to care for tendonitis, back pain, arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome, and bursitis.

Among the equipment available to treat joint pains is the ML830 laser. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration,

the ML830 is a cold laser that repairs injured tissues by sending photons of light directly to the affected area.

The light penetrates two inches into the body without affecting blood, fat, or skin. It then stimulates cells to encourage rapid repair of tissues. Following a treatment with the ML830 laser, patients generally notice less inflammation and pain. At the same time, tissues become stronger, and with proper preventive measures, a person can keep pain from returning.

For an appointment with an expert physical therapist call Walker physical Therapy and pain Center at 714-997-5518. Located in Orange, Ca.Try our revolutionary pain relief treatment

 

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The ML830 Laser is Effective, Safe, and PROVEN for Muscle and Joint Pain!

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830 ML Laser

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From TMJ to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and from Shoulder strains to Knee injuries, muscle and joint pain can seem like an unsolvable and despairing burden. Thankfully, Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist & nutritionist, and her expert physical therapists at Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center, as well as their dedicated patients, have discovered the miraculous ML830 Cold Laser for these and many other troublesome conditions. Dr. Chadwick Smith, professor of Orthopedics at USC states, “The ML830 Cold Laser has clearly proven its clinical value treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and has become the industry standard.” At Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center, our knowledgeable and caring staff uses the Laser not only for Carpal Tunnel, but for many other injuries and conditions as well.

 

The ML830 Laser has and has been proven to:

  • Reduce Pain sometimes after just one treatment. Most conditions take between 2-9 treatments to completely alleviate symptoms. Chronic conditions may require more treatment.
  • Reduce Inflammation immediately with most inflammatory conditions. Following instructions to prevent further injury will help prevent the pain from returning.
  • Increase Tissue Healing by sending light (photons) into your injured tissues without being absorbed by the skin, fat, or blood, the 830 Laser stimulates the cells to repair and strengthen at a remarkably fast rate.

Our patients trust the Laser to alleviate and heal their problem pain!

“I cannot believe the excellent results I achieved while being treated at Walker Physical Therapy. I walked into the practice in pain, and after several weeks I could walk without the assistance of a cane! Using the techniques I was taught at Walker Physical Therapy I continue to progress in comfort, and with a minimum amount of pain. They treated me as an individual and genuinely cared about my progress and well-being. I was able to cancel my scheduled total knee replacement surgery! I do not hesitate to recommend Walker Physical Therapy to family and friends.” –Shirley Moretti

Don’t hesitate to call us today and schedule one free treatment with the ML830Laser!

714-997-5518

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center

1111 W. Town & Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

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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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Grace Walker, Compassionate Physical & Occupational Therapist Introduces: “The Walker Method”

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Dr. Grace Walker Wants YOU to be FREE from PAIN!

 

At Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center we strive to provide the very best care for our patients. That’s why Dr. Grace Walker and her team of experts have developed the “Walker Method,” which provides a thorough and effective way to treat pain and get the body into its most functional and optimum state!

Achilles success

The Walker Method is personalized to fit each individual patients needs. It consists of:

1. Hands-On Pressure Point Releases to focus on the root cause of the pain.

2. FLEX-N-MOVE individual exercises to address power difficulties in core muscles.

3. 830 Laser & Pressure Point Release proven to reduce inflammation, reduce pain, and increase tissue healing

4. Creative Service Care doing whatever it takes to find solutions for your pain.

 

Success Story

 

“When I came to Walker Physical Therapy& Pain Center I suffered from a sore left hip and low back pain.

Now, my back feels like new!  I am stronger, my posture is better and my flexibility has greatly improved. 

The Walker team has helped me to recover, by way of excellent treatments and exercises.  Thank you to Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center and the entire staff for the care and concern.” -K.Roos

 

 

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center cares for you and your problems with pain! Find your solution today at 714-997-5518

Grace Walker Physical Therapy

Orange, CA 92868

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Dr. Grace Walker, Physical & Occupational Therapist & Expert in Vestibular Rehabilitation

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

Grace Walker, Expert in Vestibular Rehabilitation   Grace Walker’s Better Balance Program at Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center is 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 our revolutionary treatment programs, which help our patients GET BETTER FASTER! Each of our therapists is an expert in vestibular rehabilitation. Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center’s Vestibular Program:

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

Expert in Vestibular Rehabilitation The Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center helps patients with a wide range of ailments, including pain from on-the-job, sports, and other injuries as well as postsurgical pain. Our balance programs are affordable and effective! Please call (714) 997-5518 for more information to aid in the recovery of your patients. Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center in Orange, CA Caring, Compassionate & Empowering

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