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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.

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Three Tips for Preventing Selfie Elbow

 

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Selfie Elbow
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As a physical therapist,occupational therapist and nutritionist, and the director of the Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, Dr. Grace Walker has extensive experience treating conditions like spinal pain, hand pain, and sports injuries. One relatively new repetitive strain injury treated by Dr. Grace Walker and her team of physical therapists is “selfie elbow,” arm pain from taking too many selfies.

Though it may sound silly at first, selfie elbow can be a serious and painful condition similar to tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. The injury is caused by the repetitive strain we put on our arm by taking too many selfies. If you love taking selfies, consider following these three tips to minimize your chances of incurring this injury.

1. Switch Hands – Since selfie elbow is caused by repeatedly taking selfies using the same arm, simply switching hands may be enough to prevent the injury. Next time you take a selfie, give your dominant arm a break and take the selfie with your other hand.

2. Elbow Lock – Refrain from locking your elbow when you take your selfies. Combined with clicking the picture button on your phone, fully extending your elbow increases the tension and strain placed on your arm, which may lead to small muscle tears.

3. Selfie Sticks – Selfie sticks may provide the best solution, as they prevent the need to extend your arm at all. These extending sticks, which clip onto your camera, make it easier to get the perfect selfie angle without placing any strain on your elbow or arm.

For an appointment with an expert Physical Therapist call Walker Physical therapy and Pain Center at 714-997-5518.

Gardening Tips for Beginners

 

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Gardening
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For more than three decades, physical and occupational therapist Grace Walker has worked at the Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California. Apart from her work helping clients with pain relief, physical therapist Grace Walker enjoys a number of hobbies, including gardening.

For beginning gardeners, planning and planting a vegetable gardening may seem like a daunting task. There are some simple tips, however, that can make the process easier and ensure a better chance of success.

1. Choose a location that gets plenty of sunlight. Vegetables need a lot of sunlight to thrive – no less than six hours per day. More exposure to sunlight means a better harvest and better-tasting vegetables.

2. Make sure the soil is rich in nutrients and drains off water properly.

3. Make sure there is an adequate amount of space between each plant so they don’t compete for resources. If planted too closely, crops may not get enough sunlight or water and will not mature adequately.

For an appointment with an expert physical therapist call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange California, 714-997-5518.