Now Hiring – in our Victorville & Palm Desert Office Locations

We are a growing Private Outpatient PT clinic in need of CA Licensed Physical Therapist with emphasis in Neuro / Geriatrics / Seniors / Vestibular / Balance & Movement Disorders / Parkinson’s (BIG® Certification a plus!). 1:1 patient care for 1 hour treatment sessions. Competitive salary based on experience and benefits including Health Ins., Dental, Vision, ConEd and PTO. Relocation Assistance for right candidate with 2 year commitment. New Grads welcome. Will Train right candidate. Flexible hours and low stress work environment. Part Time and Full Time Avail. Check us out online for more details: www.ArroyoPT.com. NO PHONE CALLS! Reply with: Resume/Work History/References (min 5) to: Fax: 800-489-6905, Attn: Jeremy

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TOTAL REHAB of the High Desert

Total Rehab (Visit us here: TotalRehabHD.com) is our sister company located in the High Desert Region of Victorville, Apple Valley and Hesperia.  Located off of Bear Valley Blvd, we offer physical therapy programs for: Parkinson’s, Stroke, Neurological Disorders, Balance and Movement Disorders, Vestibular Testing (VAT/ENG), Vestibular Rehab, Concussion Rehab, as well as other orthopedic conditions such as: Back and Neck Pain, Headaches, Sprains & Strains, Pre- & Post- Operative Care, Generalized Weakness and Loss of Motion and Soft Tissue Injuries, just to name a few.

Our team of Licensed Physical Therapist’s and Physical Therapist Assistant’s are excited to bring you the latest in treatment technologies and techniques, as well as providing you with the best physical therapy care possible (one on one for a full hour!).

We are Medicare Certified, and accept most PPO’s and have a select few HMO contracts and limited Workers Comp.  Please call us at 800-489-6905 X 101 for more details and we will be happy to discuss your needs and assist in  verifying your benefits to see if we can meet your needs.

And you can always email us: info@ArroyoPT.com for more info too!

 

Parkinon’s Awareness and Treatment by Total Rehab in Victorville CA and the High Desert

We were recently mentioned in a News Post in Victorville, CA about Parkinson’s Treatment.  The author is Ann Miner and she is a HUGE advocate for the awareness and treatment for those that suffer from PD – Parkinson’s Disease.

I have attached her comments below:

Parkinson’s Postings, Feb 3, 2016
“I went out tonight. On the upper west side of Manhattan, but it is safe to me because I know it so well. I go to my local Irish pub. I know it well. Paul, the bartender, has been there for over 20 years and I know him. But it is strange, because I am different. I am slow. I am the same yet I am different. Even as I type, I am slow and I make mistakes. I am different than I once was. But to God, I will not give up. I will make a difference in this world. So help me God. Only if it is my little corner in this world. I will make a difference.” A Parkinson’s patient, Parkinson’s Online Chat Room on Facebook.
Journaling is a healthy way to get through life, I’m told. You can focus on what you are feeling, why you are feeling that, and how you can change your mood or attitude. Thinking it through and writing it down can relieve some of the tension you feel just by expressing it. No one else needs to see your notes, unless you want them to. 
Caregivers are one group that probably need to journal as much as anyone does. So many things can frustrate us when we see our loved ones in decline. We want to see them do what is best for them, and they so often simply do not cooperate. Do we know why? Do they not hear us? Do they forget? Do they merely just not want to bother because it’s too much work? Maybe all of these. 
Writing the issues down, or telling them to a neutral party, can help us cope.  It is helpful to find someone “who gets it” to discuss Parkinson’s with. My husband’s cousin’s husband had PD. I sometimes called her in Puyallup, Washington to tell her what was going on, and knew she understood. I also found a good counselor to hash things out with. There can be so many reasons why we get frustrated and angry. 
I think part of the problem is that we – patients and caregivers alike – feel out of control of our own lives. In fact, this may have been the strongest underlying dilemma for me. I started a strict diet during Burt’s last months. People said it seemed a strange time to do so. My answer? It was the one thing I could control. 
What’s the point? Find something you really like to do, and do it to the best of your ability, within the limitations of your current existence. Are you a patient who can no longer write in a journal? Can you type it? If not, can you go to a private spot and speak it? Then there’s the old pillow method. Put the fluffy pillow to your face and scream into it. Then beat it to death, shouting your feelings as you do. 
Can you discern that I have been in a few therapy sessions over my 39 years? All of these things can help. What do you have to lose?
Now that you are feeling better – you are, aren’t you – I have two things to report that excite me. After my last column about Rock Steady Boxing, it appears that we may have some new trainers to help us next Fall. A couple in Barstow has signed up for the Rock Steady class in Indiana in October – the first opening – and plan to bring it back to the Victory Valley and Barstow.
The other is that Total Rehab, on Industrial Blvd., is set up to help Parkinson’s patients with specific movements. I visited with Greg Cox last week to learn what they have to offer. Greg has spoken to the Parkinson’s support group, and is scheduling another date soon. His training is one-on-one. 
His training for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders includes the Certified LVST BIG Treatment. This is a research-based approach developed from treatment principles of effective Parkinson’s-specific speech therapy treatment LVST-LOUD, shown to have powerful outcomes in improving patient quality of life. 
After the contact from our friends about Rock Steady Boxing, and touring the Total Rehab facility, then discussing treatments with Greg Cox, I came away wanting to shout from the rooftops. I am very excited about the ways our Parkinson’s friends can improve their lives right here at home.
Subsequent to screaming in the pillow, counseling, journaling or doing movement exercises, you can go to your journal and write about it, looking back at past dates to see the improvement – not only in your movements, but in your attitude. (Greg often sees improvement in movement on the second visit). Why not take the first step? Buy that journal notebook, find a confidant and a good pillow, and pick up the phone to call Total Rehab: 800-489-6905. Ask for Greg.  Then take an aspirin and call me in the morning.
Remember: Keep moving. Keep looking up. 
 

If you’d like more information on the Parkinson’s Support Group that meets in Victorville, CA – please contact Ann Miner: Tele: 760-242-2923 or by email: eannminer@yahoo.com.

 
Once again we are thrilled to be mentioned in this article and are glad to be a part of Parkinson’s Awareness and Treatment.

Balance Awareness Week Sept. 15 – 21

We all know that our balance and general movements are taken for granted. We have been walking, running and moving before we could actually think – and so our movements are as natural to us as breathing. We move and breathe without even thinking about it. Well for those that have dizziness, movement disorders and vertigo, moving can be very frightening and upsetting. And seeing an expert who can provide tools to manage and cope with movement disorders is important.

We are Arroyo Physical Therapy are proud to be a part of VEDA Balance Awareness week and are offering FREE Fall and balance screenings (by appointment) for the month of September. If you know of anyone needing our services, a referral is your best compliment.

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The Tolucan Times Article!

You can see our ad and read about Arroyo Physical Therapy in The Tolucan Times!

Dr. Jerome Lisk

Dr. Lisk is a fellowship-trained movement disorder neurologist, specializing in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, cervical dystonia, Huntington’s chorea and other movement disorders. He is the only fellowship-trained movement disorder neurologist in the Pasadena area and only one of two in the San Gabriel Valley.

He mentioned us in one of his blogs! Thank you Dr. Lisk for helping to bring more awareness about the treatment for dizziness and balance and movement disorders.

His Site and Blog can be found here! Or you can Visit: http://socalmds.com

Balance Diagnostics and Rehabilitation

With falls being the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries in individuals 65 years of age and older, it is important to know your options for testing and rehabilitation. Not only are costs rising for the care of these individuals either for the high death toll or for treatment and recovery that results from these disabling accidents.

The loss of independence is significant either as a fear of falling or as a result of having had a fall. There are many providers out there that offer generic fall prevention programs but only address issues such as environment like general home safety. However, those that may have more severe types of balance disorders – such as dizziness, will fall regardless of the environment.

It is important to seek professional help for testing for these balance disorders as it not only interferes with daily activities, work and travel, it can also be a sign of underlying issues affecting the Nervous System, Vestibular System and general Proprioception (the body’s awareness to its self).

Although Arroyo Physical Therapy in Pasadena, CA is primarily concerned with Vestibular Rehabilitation, it is also important for us to have resources available for more advanced testing, such as VNG (Videonystagmography), CDP (Computerized Dynamic Posturography) and VAT (Vestibular Autorotation Testing).

If you suffer from severe or slight imbalance, have a history of falls, vertigo, dizziness – either acute or chronic, have general gait, balance or movement disorders, concussion or head trauma, TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury), other age related instability, chemotherapy or inner ear surgery, it might be a good idea to get tested and see if testing is right for you.

Signs and Symptoms of Common Balance Disorders:
– Vertigo – Ringing in the Ear – Dizziness – Unsteadiness – Faint Feeling – Depression – Nausea – Headaches – Wooziness – Hearing Loss – Blurred Vision – Imbalance – Instability – Fear of Falling – Lightheadedness – Motion Sickness – Memory Loss – Tinnitus

If you suffer from any of these, testing may be appropriate. Arroyo Physical Therapy has resources to help you get tested and rehabilitated to make your life Fun and Functional Again.

Fall Prevention Check List

It is important to remember that most falls happen at home. Arroyo Physical Therapy now offers Home visits for a home and safety assessment to help you prevent falls from happening. A check list of things that we look at can be found on our website, and by clicking this link: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control.

Feel free to share this information with your loved ones and if you have any questions about home safety and fall prevention, remember that the staff at Arroyo Physical Therapy are EXPERTS on safety, fall prevention and balance and movement disorders.

Here’s hoping this list will make the Holidays more safe for you and your family.

Dr Lisk offering Nerve Conduction and EMG Testing!

Southern California
Movement Disorder Specialists

Now offers
Nerve Conduction & EMG Testing

Please call (626) 792-6683to schedule your appointment.

or fax your patient order to (626) 793-5475

Testing location:
Southern California
Movement Disorder Specialists

Now offers
Nerve Conduction & EMG Testing

Please call (626) 792-6683to schedule your appointment

or fax your patient order to
(626) 793-5475

Testing location:
65 N. Madison Ave., Suite 410
Pasadena CA 91101
Jerome Lisk, M.D.
Board Certified Neurologist
Fellowship in Movement Disorders