Physical Therapy: Essential to Recovery from Sports Injuries

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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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Super Bowl Players Need Super Shoulder! 3 Tips for Sore Shoulders.

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Super Bowl 51 is around the corner! Consider the following when you see your favorite players putting their shoulders down and taking hits!

Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, finds physical therapy to be extremely effective in treating shoulder pain and injuries. Current researchers agree. Many people will report shoulder pain at one point or another, statistically between 7 and 26% of the population report shoulder problems at any one time. Up to 50% of patients who have been diagnosed with shoulder pain are referred to a physical therapist for treatment.  (Dolder 50)

Young man having shoulder joint pain

The effects of techniques employed by physical therapist “have been shown to have an immediate effect on patient pain, range of motion, and disability.” (Dolder 54) If you are experiencing mild onset of shoulder pain, these three quick tips, listed below, may be used to try to avoid the worsening of symptoms.

  1. Strengthen the supporting muscle groups

    • Strengthening of the muscles that innervate (intersect) the shoulder and rotor cuff, such as those originating from the chest, under the arms, and back. Strength in these areas will increase foundational support necessary for the shoulder to go through the entire range of motion, pain-free.
  2. Shoulder stretches

    • Many common stretches, often utilizing a doorway or wall corner, before and after strenuous activity.
  3. Icing

    • Immediately after any activities that may be impactful to reduce the chances and severity of inflammation.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have an effective program for patients with shoulder pain. We develop specific exercise and stretching programs for specific patients, along with a variety of specialized treatments to reduce pain and regain range of motion and strength. We look at the “root cause” when treating the shoulder to provide insight as to why the patient is experiencing pain, instead of just a quick fix!

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

1111 W. Town and Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

Phone: 714-997-5518

Dolder. J Man Manip Ther. 2010 Mar; 18(1): 50–54. doi:  10.1179/106698110X12595770849687 PMCID: PMC3103116.
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Prevention:Follow these instructions to avoid concussions! Dr. Grace Walker shares vital tips.

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A football helmet and doctors hand holding a stethoscope on the crown of the helmet. Sports Concussion Concept, and related conditions, CTE, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's.

Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupation therapist, shares a few simple tips regarding physical therapy to avoid concussions, as well as advice for fitting helmets.

In early days, the use of helmets in many sports originally came about as an effort to avoid grisly accidents, such as fractured skulls and broken necks. While they succeeded in reducing those traumatic injuries, they did little to protect athletes from concussions.

What is a concussion? The CDC classifies a concussion as “a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a hit to the body that causes the head and brain to move rapidly back and forth.” Concussions can be avoided in different ways. One way is through neck strengthening, The Journal of Primary Prevention has published this article covering lack of neck strength and its relationship with concussions.

The other is a proper fitting and functioning helmet. Here are some tips to consider when you’re out shopping for a helmet; these pertain to many different type of helmets. Here are three tips to consider when choosing a helmet for your activities.


1. Make sure your helmet fits. Be careful of hair alterations and wearing caps or bandanas underneath the helmet after you have spent the time to have it fitted.

2. Many sports equipment stores and manufacturers are able to give recommendations about what size helmet will fit you by taking simple measurement. Click here to see a fitment video by Riddell football helmets.

3. Buying a helmet is an investment. Don’t go with the bare minimum; your well-being may depend on it.


For more information on helmet fitment, see Chris G. Koutures, MD FAAP pediatric and sports medicine specialists blog by clicking this link!

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have trained therapists to help design physical therapy programs to increase neck strength, which is a factor in reducing concussions. We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in a fun and healing environment.

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


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


Orange, CA 92868


Phone: (714) 997-5518


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