Category Archives: Health

Getting Involved with APTA Advocacy

 

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American Physical Therapy Association
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The recipient of a doctor of physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Dr. Grace Walker helps patients achieve healing and regain mobility. Complementing her work at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California, Dr. Grace Walker holds membership in professional groups such as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Formed by 274 charter members in 1921, the APTA has grown over the past century into a prominent organization encompassing 95,000 practitioners around the United States. The association fosters a sense of collegiality among its members through annual events and encourages continuing education through courses and conferences. In addition, the APTA advocates for legislation that affects physical therapists and the patients they work with.

To better advocate for legislation important to the field, the APTA leverages the power of its membership through a series of grassroots initiatives. On the APTA website, members can access prewritten letters to send to members of Congress about pending or proposed legislation, while the organization also provides guidance and training on ways to advocate at the individual level.

Furthermore, APTA members can download the APTA Action app, which functions as a clearinghouse for all available advocacy opportunities. Through the app, members can access a congressional directory, keep track of key advocacy and legislative deadlines, and research talking points to keep in mind during interactions with policy makers. Learn more at APTA.org.

For an appointment with an expert, caring physical therapist call 714-997-5518.

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AOTA Celebrates Repeal of Outpatient Medicare Therapy Cap

 

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American Occupational Therapy Association
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Based in Orange, California, Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist has treated patients at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center since 1982. Committed to continual professional development, Dr. Grace Walker is a longtime member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

AOTA recently celebrated the repeal of the Outpatient Medicare Therapy cap. On Feb. 9, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law a budget agreement that fully repealed the limit on Medicare outpatient occupational therapy and physical therapy services. The repeal now means that Medicare beneficiaries who were at risk of being denied outpatient Medicare Part B therapy services, particularly those who had crossed or were close to crossing the $2,010 therapy cap, can now receive those services.

For over two decades, AOTA has been advocating for the repeal of the therapy cap on the grounds that it denied persons with severe illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and multiple sclerosis the therapeutic medical services they needed. The repeal was aided in part by a 2017 study by AOTA demonstrating that patients receiving high-level therapy had lower overall health care costs. This inspired a bipartisan proposal that was agreed to by Congress in the fall of 2017, paving the way for a repeal of the therapy cap.

For an appointment with an expert, caring physical therapist call Walker physical therapy and Pain Center at 714-997-5518.

AOTA Gives Tips on How to Prevent Falls

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American Occupational Therapy Association
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Since 1982, Dr. Grace Walker has owned and operated the Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California, and uses her training as an occupational and physical therapist to treat patients with a wide range of issues. In an effort to stay up-to-date with the latest in occupational medicine, Dr. Grace Walker maintains membership in the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

For adults 65 years of age and older, falls represent the leading injury/death risk. There are several mitigating factors that can lead to falls, such as the wrong shoes, items in the home that represent a tripping risk, and health conditions that can cause impaired balance, among others.

Input from experienced occupational therapists can help reduce the risk of falling. That’s why AOTA has published a list of recommendations to help make the home safer for elderly adults. Arranging the furniture to create more room, adding support rails in potential fall zones, and placing rubber mats on the floor in the bathroom and kitchen can go a long way toward reducing falling hazards in the home. For the complete list of recommendations, visit aota.org.

For an appointment with an excellent Physical therapist call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center at 714-997-5518.

The Center For Obesity Prevention and Education: Nutrition Counseling

 

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Center For Obesity Prevention and Education
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Dr. Grace Walker is a physical therapist and the director of Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California. A certified occupational therapist, nutritionist, and master of herbology, Dr. Grace Walker is also certified with COPE – the Center for Obesity Prevention and Education.

COPE certification is offered through the College of Nursing at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Developed in 2011 in reaction to the obesity epidemic that is affecting the United States, COPE is an education and research model that encourages weight management with the goal of preventing and reducing obesity-related conditions.

Nutritional (or nutrition) counseling is one of the services offered by COPE. Often provided by a nutrition consultant or registered dietitian, nutritional counseling encourages clients to recognize their nutrition or body weight issues, explore positive changes they can make to be healthier, and develop the skills needed to maintain those changes.

Nutritional counseling may begin with an assessment, during which the counselor interviews the new client on their dietary choices and the amount of food they ingest on a regular basis, possibly using a food frequency questionnaire. The client’s body weight may also be compared to national averages to determine what changes are required.

In addition to recommending areas for improvement, nutritional counselors educate clients on good diet: the best foods and drinks to consume for optimum health, how the body processes the nutrients in these foods, and the link between food and emotion.
For an appointment with an expert physical therapist in orange, California, call Walker Physical therapy and Pain Center at 714-997-5518.