You Might Be Suffering from TMD and Not Even Know It!

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Do you know what TMD is? Temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or also known as TMJ disorder, is a common problem that affects 12% of the population. But most people, and even medical professionals, don’t seem to acknowledge the condition. So how many people does it REALLY affect? Good thing that Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants you to understand TMJ because you might be suffering from it and not even know it!

Complaints of

  • headaches
  • earaches
  • ear ringing
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • neck pain
  • numbness and tingling of the hands and fingers

Signs of

  • bite might be off
  • teeth collapsing inward
  • suffer from constant jaw pain
  • teeth aches
  • tires quickly when talking

These symptoms are experienced by a lot of people but sadly their providers rarely realize their jaw is involved in their diagnosis.

There is a “TMJ merry-go-round” of an unending cycle of provider visits that leaves the patient even more confused than before seeking medical help. The sad reality is that physicians aren’t typically experienced in jaw problems, where medicine tends to consider it being a dentist’s domain; but dentists often lack the understanding of the joint because their work is focused more around teeth, not orthopedics. The good news is Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center is experienced and has treated TMJ pain problems for over 20 years!

Physical therapy can help our patients by relaxing their face and neck muscles with manual manipulation, teach everyday exercises to strengthen the supporting muscles, and teach behavior or diet modifications to keep pain away! At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our expert physical therapists are the perfect provider to help you live pain free from TMD!  

Call us today to book an appointment! (714)997-5518

1111 W Town and Country Road Ste 1

Orange, CA 9268

www.walkerpt.com

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Pain and stiffness in your shoulder? It may be frozen!

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When we say frozen, it’s not a reference to the cold weather but a possible diagnosis for your shoulder pain! Have you felt a decrease in the ability to use your arm or shoulder, leading to pain that limits your tolerance to lift your arm or reach behind your back? Other than a rotator cuff tear or severe arthritis, these symptoms yell out frozen shoulder (or the medical term is adhesive capsulitis)!

 

Frozen shoulder is the loss of ability to reach your arms overhead, reach behind your back, lift objects, throw a ball, as well as, other daily activities that you never thought use your shoulder and arms. What you’re experiencing is the strong connective tissue inside your shoulder joint, which connects your arm to the shoulder socket, becoming very tight. This tension doesn’t allow the ball of your shoulder to move in the socket freely. If you suffer from these symptoms, Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, want you to know there are three things you can do:

 

  1. Have a professional provide joint mobilizations to stretch the joint capsule so that the ball of the shoulder can move more readily.
  2. Have a professional stretch your arm and shoulder properly to stretch the supporting muscles in the arm, shoulder blades, and shoulders. These muscles typically become tense and shorten due to the lack of activity they experience from frozen shoulder.
  3. Have a professional show you the correct strengthening exercises to restore strength to the shoulder and its supporting muscles.

 

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our expert physical therapists are experienced in frozen shoulder. Our professional and caring staff will teach you how to relieve the pain you’re suffering from. We will develop a specialized program to get your shoulder warm and ready for your active life!

 

Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment! (714)997-5518

1111 W Town and Country Road Ste 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

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Zap Your Pain Away with Our 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, Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, and her expert physical therapists at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center have discovered the miraculous ML830 Cold Laser for these and many other troublesome conditions.

 

Dr. Chadwick Smith, professor of Orthopedics at USC says, “the ML830 Cold Laser has clearly proven its clinical value treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and had become the industry standard”. But how can a laser be so effective?

The ML830 Laser…

  • Reduces pain sometimes after one treatment. Most conditions take between 2-9 treatments to completely alleviate symptoms. Chronic conditions may require more treatment.
  • Reduces inflammation By following instructions from your therapist, you can prevent further injury and prevent pain.
  • Increase tissue healing by sending photons (light) into injured tissues without being absorbed by skin, fat, or blood.
  • Increases tissue cell repair and strengthens the tissue.

 

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our knowledgeable and caring staff uses the laser for many of our patient’s injuries and painful conditions.

 

Call us today to schedule one free treatment with the ML830 Laser! (714)997-5518

1111 W Town and Country Ste 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

 

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Physical Therapy is for athletes too!

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Being a competitive athlete puts a toll on the body. The day-in and day-out demanding physical activity brings sore bodies and painful muscles, but most athletes revert to the mindset of “no pain, no gain”. Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, stands behind physical therapy exercises as a form of pain relief for athletes. The story of Sydney DriggsOrange Coast College’s women’s basketball star, is the perfect example of how physical therapy helps athletes!

Sydney’s perseverance throughout her basketball career is impressive! What some think of as a nightmare is a normal day for the 19-year-old athlete. She experiences sharp pain that can range from her knees up towards her spine from simple day-to-day activities like sitting down and walking. On top of this chronic pain is the ongoing physical demand that a collegiate sport entails! Sydney learned that taking care of her body is top priority to ensure a long and healthy career. She would ice her body after every practice and game, with hours of regular physical therapy, taking steroidal and epidural injections, Sydney managed her pain throughout two herniated disks in her spine! Sydney explains that “I do a lot of physical therapy in the training room which helped me get through the season”. The impact of physical therapy exercises was apparent at the end of her 2018 season. Knowing it was her last year playing basketball, she said that she wanted to “finish off strong, so whether before, during or after games I work with the trainers, whatever keeps me going”. Facing daily pain was one thing, but the mental fortitude she kept throughout her career is inspiring. Despite her injuries, Sydney led her team in scoring and her stat line ranks in the top 5% in the Orange Empire Conference for three-point percentage and scoring. Sydney didn’t let muscle pain stop her from her goals… and you shouldn’t either!

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our physical therapists are experts in creating personalized programs to manage any pain you suffer from.

Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center for any questions or to schedule an appointment! (714)997-5518

1111  W Town and Country Rd Ste 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

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It’s the First Day of Spring – Garden the RIGHT Way

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With warm weather around the corner, gardening becomes the perfect past time! But the sad reality is that many people find gardening to be painful to their backDr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants you to practice these basic body mechanics as you work in your yard!

  1. Know what correct posture is and learn how to check posture throughout the day – back pain normally is result from continuous poor posture habits leading to a loss of flexibility and decreased physical fitness. By understanding how to maintain correct posture, you will protect your spine, muscles, and joints.
  2. Yes, you should warm up before gardening – without preparing your muscles for physical activity, your muscles act like cold rubber bands which aren’t easy to move. By stretching your neck, shoulders, arms, back and legs, you will warm up your muscles to reduce the risk of pain or injury during your time in the garden.
  3. Take breaks – Be easy to your body! Taking breaks every 15 minutes, either for a cool-down stretch or for a glass of water, will help to keep you gardening longer.

These basic habits are important to avoid pain or injury! By practicing these techniques, you will be sure to be gardening all spring long! At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our expert physical therapists are here to help you with these everyday techniques and teach you specific exercises to manage your pain symptoms.

Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center for any questions or to schedule an appointment! (714)997-5518

1111 W Town and Country Rd Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

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3 Ways to Ease Knee Pain

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Knee pain is generally caused from the over-use or under-use of the knee joint and muscles. Being active is helpful for joint lubrication and maintains muscle strength to keep the patella aligned. Jumping or landing from a height repetitively, standing on hard surfaces, or doing increased kneeling or standing which your knees lockedare common ways to cause inflammation. Once pain is caused, it’s important to decrease the stress you put on the knee and ensure not to hyperextend (over-straighten the knee) or bend the joint to aggravate the knee anymore. Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants you to remember these things when it comes to knee pain!

1. Maintain good posture which your knees are relaxed and you are transferring your weight more onto your heels than your toes. When standing for a long period of time, wiggle your knees front and back from time to time to ensure they are always relaxed and you don’t lock out your knees.

2. Keep your glutes strong! By standing and sitting from a chair without the support of your arms, you will maintain strength in your hips and butt with this everyday.

3. If you are in need of a total knee replacement, physical therapy prior to surgery can assist in gaining range of motion and decreasing swelling during your recovery. By doing these exercises before surgery, you are also strengthening your healthy knee that will be assisting you more often after your surgery.

 

Physical therapy can help ease knee pain and improve mobility! At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our expert physical therapists will develop specific exercise programs to ease your knee symptoms! Our personalized programs provide results in an affordable, fun and healing environment before and after your surgery.

 

Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center for any questions or to schedule an appointment! (714)997-5518

1111 W. Town and Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

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Be Free from Your TMJ and Jaw Pain

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical & occupational therapist and nutritionist says: “We are physical therapy experts in providing effective TMJ & Jaw pain relief.”

Here is what you should and shouldn’t do if you have jaw pain:

  • DO use hot pack or ice pack before bed
  • DO use chin under fist when yawning or coughing
  • DO use correct posture
  • DON’T chew gum, ice, or tough, crunchy foods like steak
  • DON’T rest your chin/cheek in the palm of your hand when sitting or lying on one side
  • DON’T eat, read, or watch TV in bed
  • DON’T clench your teeth when tense, jogging, or sleeping etc.
  • DON’T lick your teeth with your tongue, bite your nails or lips, lick your lips, or bite or suck your cheeks
  • DON’T talk or sing for prolonged periods of time

Our Be Free from TMJ & Jaw Pain Program uses non-painful treatments and the latest technology of cold laser therapy to get you chewing your food and yawning again without fear of horrible pain. We work closely with your healthcare provider to solve the source of the problem instead of merely treating the symptoms.

Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an EXPERT physical therapist to get advanced treatments and strategies to maintain results and pain relief.

714-997-5518

1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

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3 Shoulder Exercises to Reduce Pain

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shoulder pain

Have you noticed your shoulders achecrunch, or flat out prohibit you from doing normal daily activities? Has dressing yourself, opening doors, or lifting objects become problematic? If so, read on! Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, will help you understand why shoulder pain can occur, and what you can do. Your shoulders are one of the most intricate parts of your body. For that reason, they can be one of the easiest areas to injure. Some of the smallest muscles in the shoulder are actually the most important. For instance, the rotator cuff includes four small muscles that are vital to its movement in each direction. If these muscles become weak or injured, the humerus bone can actually make contact with the socket of the shoulder blade.

What can I do about my hurting shoulders?

  1. Postural exercises to align shoulders– Shoulder pain and injury is commonly a result of poor posture. Extended periods of poor posture at work, home, and even while driving can change the mechanics of the joint movement.
  2. Rotator cuff strengthening– Strong rotator cuffs will help your shoulders get through your daily activities with less pain. Less pain leads to less opportunity for an inflammatory response to occur. One simple exercise that can be done at home is as follows: Begin by lying down on your side with your top arm point straight to the ceiling. Next, swing your arm down 90 degrees so that your hand is flat on your hip. Repeat this 10-15 times a day, twice a day. This exercise is meant to build rotator cuff strength simple by using gravity as resistance. If you have difficulty completing this exercise without pain, please speak with one of our therapist.
  3. Build scapular stability- The scapula, or shoulder blades, are a crucial part of your shoulder complex. They are composed of many different small muscles used to guide your shoulder through its entire range of motion; pulling, pushing, and reaching. An exercise you can do at home to improve scapular stability is done standing against a wall and gently trying to pinch your shoulder blades together while keeping your arms relaxed. Do this for 10-15 repetitions, holding for five seconds each time. This can also be done twice each day.

By working these 3 simple actions into your daily routine, you can be on your way to reducing or overcoming shoulder painAt Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have trained therapist to help design physical therapy programs to increase shoulder strength. 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

www.walkerpt.com

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The 3 Grades of Ankle Sprains

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Dr. Grace Walker, occupational and physical therapist and nutritionist, wants to inform you on the three different grades or severities of ankle sprains. Spraining your ankle can be really scary and at first you may be unsure of how badly you’ve damaged the ligaments in your ankle.

The three grades of ankle sprains are:

– Grade 1: A light or mild sprain consists of a slight overstretching of the ligaments that may result in micro-tears. This type of sprain results in mild swelling and discomfort or soreness.

– Grade 2: This moderate sprain will have your ankle swollen and bruised with tenderness to the touch. At this level partial but not full tears of your ligaments have occurred.

– Grade 3: This severe injury occurs when the ligament(s) have completely torn and result in severe swelling, bruising and tenderness. Surgery may be required.

The best immediate care for ankle sprains is to follow the RICE protocol:

Rest, Ice, Compress, and Elevate

Icing should be done no more than 15-20 minutes at a time 3-4 times a day. Ankle should then be wrapped in an ace wrap (not too tight) for compression and then elevated above your heart to reduce swelling. If the sprain worse than a slight injury and is swollen and painful when walking, an xray may need to be taken to ensure that no bones have been fractured.

To regain full range of motion and function back in your ankle as quickly as possible physical therapy is highly recommended and sometimes necessary to return to daily living.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, 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 come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results that are tailored to your needs 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

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5 Reasons to Try Physical Therapy Before an Injury

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist wants you to consider visiting a professional physical therapist even though you may not be injured! Here are 5 benefits on visiting a physical therapist before you feel pain.

  1. Reassurance– Physical therapists can give you the green light you needed in order to feel completely comfortable working out again. If you’ve had a previous injury that’s been healed but still have that slight doubt, a licensed therapist can check that area and ensure that it has returned to normal function. Fear and hesitation in the gym or out on the field can lead to injuries.
  2. Prevention– Prevention, is the best cure for any injury or illness. A full evaluation by a physical therapist can evaluate where you may be prone to injuries and how to avoid those injuries by evaluating strength, proper muscle function, flexibility, range of motion (ROM) and much more.
  3. Education– Therapy is much more than what you do in the clinic but also what you walk away with. Physical Therapy can give you a better understanding of your specific body’s needs and how to better it. You will learn new exercises as well as proper form and aftercare to enhance your own personal wellness.
  4. Saving time and money– Healthcare is not cheap. With prevention and education you can eliminate a lot of unnecessary cost you would usually spend at the doctor. Therapists can also determine whether pain is from a joint or muscle with confidence allowing patients to possibly avoid the high costs of an MRI, x-ray or CT scan in non-emergency situations.
  5. Empowerment– Knowing more about how your body functions can be an amazing feeling. Physical therapy tends to lead patients to a healthier and happier life!

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center we have expert 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 patients to provide insight as to why the patient is experiencing pain, instead of just a quick fix! 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

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