PHYSIO QUESTIONS

If you are not quite sure what a physiotherapist does and how they can help you, then you are not alone. Unless you have previously been to a physiotherapist, there is a good chance that you might not know exactly what is a physiotherapist and what do they do. A physiotherapist is a health care professional that promotes movement,  helps ease pain and restore function. They assess a client’s condition and develop a treatment plan unique to that individual.

Physiotherapy shouldn’t hurt and is completely safe. Physiotherapy often activates deep tissue, and it’s quite possible that there will be some soreness after a treatment session. Stretching and deep tissue work will often cause temporary soreness. It’s important to note that sometimes getting better requires some hard work.

Physiotherapy is designed to treat you as an individual. A full assessment of your condition will take place on your first appointment. The physio will do a physical assessment that will include tests on strength, your range of motion, balance and restrictions. The physiotherapist will also review all relevant medical reports. Together with the client, the physiotherapist will set realistic and achievable goals. Your physio will begin by making a full treatment plan for your rehabilitation program and make a schedule of appointments.

Bring any referral letter, reports, X-rays or scans that are relevant to your condition or injury with you. Wear or bring comfortable clothing if possible.

A thorough initial assessment will normally take 45 minutes. If you have multiple areas requiring treatment, please let our reception staff know at the time of booking. Follow-up treatments will take approximately 45 minutes. If you are a new patient please arrive five to ten minutes prior to your appointment to complete some basic paperwork.

  • Physiotherapy– An orthopaedic and sports physiotherapist is a degreed allied health practitioner skilled in orthopaedic and neuro-musculoskeletal diagnosis, treatment and management of the client. Note that rehabilitation, manipulation and massage are in the scope of practice of the physiotherapist. However, physiotherapists vary in their skill set and approaches based on post-degree and/ or higher degree education. These practitioners are sanctioned by and required to be members of the HPSCA (Health Professional Council of South Africa) and the South African Society of Physiotherapy.

 

  • Biokinetics– A ‘bio’, as biokineticists are often called, is an allied health practitioner specialized in the rehabilitative modality of exercise. Being degreed individuals, they are educated in final phase rehabilitation and prescriptive exercise interventions for the health promotion and maintenance of special populations. The scope of practice of biokinetics does not include the manual physiotherapeutic approaches of mobilisation, manipulation, dry needling and direct soft tissue release of the musculoskeletal system. These practitioners are sanctioned by and required to be members of the HPSCA (Health Professional Council of South Africa).

 

  • Chiropractic– A chiropractor is a degreed practitioner titled a Doctor of Chiropractic. Chiropractic involves adjustments of the subluxation complex of the spine. These adjustments, when appropriately applied, are very effective when administered by a skilled Chiropractor. They are not, however, a fix-all for all spinal pain or pathology. Some chiropractors administer treatment to areas beyond the spine and may employ modalities similar to those used in physiotherapy. These practitioners are governed by the Allied Health Professional Council and not the HPSCA (Health Professional Council of South Africa).

 

  • Massage Therapy– Massage is very useful for therapeutic or relaxation purposes. Massage therapy can take several different forms. Massage therapists are certified by their institute of learning, and are not in any way educated in diagnosis or rehabilitation.

OTHER QUESTIONS

No you do not need a doctor’s referral before seeing a physiotherapist. It is possible that your insurance company may require you to see a doctor and obtain a referral before seeing a physio in order to claim for various ailments. However, in the majority of cases, people are free to book an appointment directly without a note from their doctor.

Yes. We accept cash or Visa/Mastercard.

Yes. We accept cash or Visa/Mastercard.

Yes, free street parking is available around the hospital and Link Building Free parking is also available up to 2 hours when parking in the Virgin Active Foreshore/Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Parking Lot.

No. Please phone the practice at 021 569 2444 to make your appointment. We are, however, happy to answer enquiries via email.

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Suite 201, The Link, 25 DF Malan Street,
Foreshore, Cape Town, 8005

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