4 Reasons Why You Have Heel Pain

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, knows that pain in your heels can put your life at a standstill. If you find yourself on your feet for long periods of time or do repetitive activities without the proper shoes, you may have experienced strain on the ligaments of the foot. Early treatment is important to ensure relief or pain may become chronic. There are many underlying reasons to heel pain, but there are four major causes: Achilles tendinitis, bursitis, nerve pain and plantar fasciitis.

  1. Achilles tendinitis– The inflammation of the Achilles tendon mostly occurs in athletic patients participating in high-impact sports. Quick repetitive motions can lead to micro injuries of thetendon that cause heel pain.
  2.  Bursitis– The bursa, a fluid-filled sac located in the heel, can become inflamed from repetitive motions or irritated from improper footwear.
  3. Nerve pain– Described as a burning or electrical pain, nerve pain, is a less common cause of heel pain. Though, there are medications that may help with the pain, most need a decompressive surgery to relieve the nerve.
  4. Plantar fasciitis– Inflammation of the band of tissue that reaches from the heel to the toes, called the plantar fascia, is the most common cause of heel pain. This is usually due to mechanical issues going on inside of the foot.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center we make sure to incorporate a variety of methods to ensure that your pain is covered from all areas. Our Flex N Move program improves flexibility and strength while our soft tissue and joint mobilization works out spasms, tightness and pain. We implement manual therapy to reduce inflammation and use Kinesio Tape to facilitate the body’s natural healing process while providing stability and support to muscles. Finally, we make sure our patients’ healing is sustained through a home exercise program.

Success Story: “I was treated for plantar fasciitis. After a cortisone shot failed to help I decided to give physical therapy a try. When I first came in my foot was very painful and after four weeks of therapy (two visits a week), my foot was healed completely. I leave here painless. Thank you Walker Physical Therapy!”     – Beverly H

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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5 Steps to Reduce Chronic Pain

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Millions of people live day to day with chronic pain. Though medication can help mask the pain for a few hours, these drugs are highly addictive and can damage your organs over time. Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants you to know that medication is not your only option. There are better alternatives that can lead into a pain free life because pain is not a lifestyle! We would like to share with you five self-care actions you can add to your everyday life to help manage pain.

  1. Start a healthy lifestyle– Taking care of your body by eating the right foods, cutting out bad habits, and exercising regularly releases endorphins and strengthens your muscles to prevent further injury. You will sleep better, feel stronger and the body is able take care of itself and repair any damage a lot more efficiently with less outside help.
  2. Meditate– Stress has been proven to take a physical toll on your body. It is important to keep a positive attitude; daily meditation with deep breathing exercises will help remove your thoughts from your pain and lead to relief for your body and mind.
  3. Find Support– It is important to know that you are not alone! Joining a group and meeting other people who are going through the same struggle is comforting. You can also get helpful advice from others on how they deal with their pain.
  4. Invest in a professional massage– Massages improve blood circulation and release your body’s natural pain reliever, serotonin.
  5. Physical Therapy– Therapy can help kick start a healthy lifestyle. Trained therapist can help guide you through you pain by finding the source, teaching you how to train your body to fix it as well as provide massages to promote healing.

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 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!

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

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6 Things to Avoid if You Suffer From TMJ or Jaw Pain

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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

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

www.walkerpt.com

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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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Knee Arthritis: What is it, and what can I do?- 3 Vital Stretches. Part 2 of 4.

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Welcome to part two of our knee arthritis segment! We will be covering three stretches to gain flexibility.

To view Knee Arthritis: What is it, and what can I do? 3 Starter Exercises for Knee Arthritis. Part 1 of 3. click the link.

Dr. Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational therapist, has helped countless patients with arthritis over the last 30 years. If you’ve been diagnosed with arthritis,  keep reading to find out some simple things you can do at home to relieve pain.

Here three stretches for increasing knee flexibility. Stretches might be uncomfortable but should never be painful. If pain occurs, schedule an evaluation with one of our professional physical therapists.

Male athlete lying on the ground and suffering a tibia fracture. Grabbing his painful leg with two hands.

 

  1. Seated leg cross stretch- targets the entire leg, especially the quadriceps.
  • Cross your ankles over while contracting the thighs.
  • Hold for 10-30 seconds.
  • Switch sides.
  • Repeat 4 times on each side.

 

  1. Quadriceps stretch– targets quadriceps.
  • Lie down on your stomach.
  • Place right forearm in front for support.
  • Bend your left knee and grab the ankle or shin with left hand.
  • Gently lift your knee off the floor until you feel a slight stretch.
  • Hold for a count of fire, repeating alternative sides a few times.
  • Switch sides.

 

  1. Hamstrings Stretch– targets hamstrings.
  • Lie down on your back with your legs extended.
  • Bend the right knee and grab the back of the thigh with both hands.
  • Gently pull the leg towards your chest.
  • Straighten this leg toward the ceiling, or as much as possible.
  • Repeat on both legs, 10 times each leg.

 

 

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to help address all of the potential variables that may be causing knee pain. We look at the “whole person” when treating knee pain to provide insights as to why one might be experiencing excess strain on  their knees, but also in the hips, ankles and even a weak “Core”. We also look at our patients Body Mass Index as well as the daily activities demand.

We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in a fun and healing environment. Call us at (710) 997-5518 if you would like to discuss out program in detail.

 

Check back in for our next installment! Knee Arthritis: 3 Low-Impact Knee Exercises. Part 3 of 4.

 

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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!

 

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

Orange, CA 92868

Phone: (714) 997-5518

www.walkerpt.com

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Don’t Bluff Your Rotator Cuff!

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rotator cuffThe group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint is called the Rotator Cuff, which helps keep your upper arm bone firmly placed within the shoulder socket. Those who repeatedly perform overhead motions become most susceptible to a Rotator Cuff injury, such as those involved in sports, carpentry, painting, mechanics, etc. Increase in age plays a large part in the risk of these injuries as well.

According to Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, Physical Therapy is the first and best step to treat Rotator Cuff injuries. At Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center in Orange, CA our expert, trained physical therapists provide our patients with the highest quality, hands-on care, and aspire to deliver considerable pain relief within the first week of treatment.

DO’S AND DON’TS

  • DO lie on your pain free side. Place a pillow close to your tummy and rest your arm on it.
  • DO elevate your shoulder by keeping the elbow supported during sitting and driving.
  • DON’T lift with your palms down.
  • DON’T push or pull when hands are not visible.

 

 

“I came to Walker Physical Therapy over two years ago for a shoulder injury. My mobility was very limited and I was in pain almost all the time. Just carrying my purse or a small bag of groceries resulted in pain.

The results were much more than I expected, my mobility was greatly increased and I was pain free most of the time. I was able to stop taking the pain medication I was taking on a daily basis. The end result was feeling better and being healthier then I have been in years.

Thanks to you and the whole staff here.”

Sincerely,

B. Beer

 

Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center today at 714-997-5518 and be free from Shoulder Pain!

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Don’t Hesitate! Treat Your Back Pain NOW

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Back pain is a problem that runs rampant in our society today.

Back pain concept - waist spine in agonyAccording to the Mayo Clinic, 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain at least one point in their lives. With thousands of different activities we participate in and problems we encounter daily, many of these will risk damage to our back or spine.

The most common cause for back pain is a strain, which can be a muscle or ligament strain, and can result from lifting something improperly or too heavy, a muscle spasm, or an abrupt and awkward movement. Structural problems with the back or spine is also a common trigger, ranging from ruptured or bulging disks, sciatica, arthritis, osteoporosis, or abnormal curvature of the spine.

If you have or have recently had any of the above conditions, DON’T HESITATE. Seek help NOW!

Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist does not take back pain lightly. She agrees that without proper intervention, untreated back pain can lead to more serious health risks down the road. At Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center in Orange, CA, Dr. Walker and her team of expert physical therapists possess the knowledge, skills, and experience to successfully treat your back pain and guide you towards a safe, healthy and back pain free future!

“I have chronic back pain for over a year. In September I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with osteoporosis and arthritis.

I immediately started physical therapy and my back muscles relaxed more and more after each treatment. With your staff’s expertise my pain has disappeared. It is really amazing. I like to thank you and your staff at Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center for their dedication and good work.”

 –R. Lung

 

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Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center

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

Orange, CA 92868

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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Raving Fans Thank Walker Physical Therapy and pain Center!

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 “I came to Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center with extreme lower back pain at a 8-9 pain level. I was on pain medicine all the time.

My first time coming in, I was greeted with a friendly smile. I was taken into the therapy area in a timely manner. My physical therapist was so helpful, friendly, comforting and worked with me gently.

Now this is my last day and I am no longer in pain meds, I have strategies to keep my back strong, and exercises to continue. I am so grateful to everyone here that had a part in making me better. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

~Katie A.

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“This is the first time I have had Physical Therapy.  I am pleasantly surprised and happy with how I am feeling now after my treatments.  My back pain is minimal and I look forward to continue improvement with my exercise program.

My physical therapist was very nice and pleasant.  They explained my treatments in detail and also talked to my doctor’s office when it was necessary. 

Dr. Grace Walker, your entire staff have all been pleasant and helpful and work well together.  You should be very proud of them. Thank you.”

~Mary D.

 

Call for an appointment now!

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center

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

Orange, CA 92868

714-997-5518

 

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