6 Tips to Prevent Falls

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, knows that falling can cause serious injuries and, for older adults, can even be life threatening. We wanted to provide 6 tips that will help reduce the risk of falls and possible injuries.

How to prevent slips, trips and falling:

  1. Always use a hand rail– Whether you are going up the stairs or standing in your shower, it is important to keep a hand on a stable surface while doing activities that challenge your balance. Consider installing them on your porch or any other areas that may not have them.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings – Avoid situations where you are unable to see well. Try and move through a well-lit area and always scan your path at least six feet ahead of you for hazards.
  3. Keep a clear path– Falling at home is the most common place to experience a nasty spill. Whether its extension cords, uneven tiles, lifted carpet or a small water or grease spill there are many hazards at home that are easily preventable. Make your home safe by moving furniture around, covering loose cords or sticking the corner of the carpet back to the floor and cleaning up any messes immediately.
  4. Wear slip resistant shoes– Shoes with rubber or neoprene soles are best. Add external traction cleats to your shoes when walking out during the rain and snow.
  5. Make an eye appointment– Get your vision checked regularly and be aware of any medication that can negatively affect your vision or balance.
  6. Maintain or build strength and balance through exercises and physical therapy– Physical therapists can properly treat any balance or vestibular issues you may have to help prevent falls and injury.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center we develop specific exercise programs for specific patients, along with a variety of specialized treatments to 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 unsteadiness, instead of just a quick fix!

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 balance rehabilitation with an expert physical therapist!

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

(714) 997-5518

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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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Vestibular Disorders Have you Feeling Dizzy?

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Helping you live, work and play again!Vestibular Disorder solutions at Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center helps you live, work, and play again

According to Grace Walker Physical and Occupational Therapist, vestibular dysfunction disorders can cause a person to become dizzy and unbalanced. At Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center, we treat many patients with some type of vestibular disorder. The most common vestibular disorder that we see in office is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Other commonly diagnosed vestibular disorders include: labyrinthitis or vestibular neuritis, Ménière’s disease, secondary endolymphatic hydrops, and perilymph fistula.

Occasionally, vestibular disorders occur for unknown reason. However, they usually occur because of a disease or injury that damages the vestibular system. This system includes the part of the brain and inner ear that are involved with controlling eye movement and balance. environmental and genetic condition can cause or worsen a vestibular disorder as well.

If you have or think you may have a vestibular disorder, we can help! Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center’s therapists are experts in relieving dizziness and imbalance. We provide hands on, personalized care. Our treatments include, but are not limited to the Dix-Hallpike Test, Epley Maneuver, Canalith Repositioning, and cervical evaluation and treatment.

Call for an appointment now at 714-997-5518

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

Orange, CA 92868

– Grace Walker, Physical and Occupations Therapist

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