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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is a medical discipline that aims to improve a patient’s maximum level of function and quality of life. Physiotherapists treat a wide variety of stiff and painful conditions of the musculoskeletal system, Sports injuries, chest conditions, and neurological conditions. Physiotherapists offer a wide variety of services to patients in their treatment rooms, at hospitals, patient homes and on the sports field. Physiotherapists also give advice on assistive and adaptive devices such as crutches, splints, bracing and strapping.
Do we treat hospital patients?
YES!!!! All our physiotherapists are registered to work at the Limpopo Mediclinic. Should you wish one of our physios to treat you whilst in hospital please specifically request us with your Doctor and we will gladly come and treat you.
What conditions do physiotherapists treat?
- All Sporting Injuries
- Sinusitis and sinus pain
- Jaw pain including “locking” and “Clicking” when chewing
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder and thoracic pain
- Joint and muscle injuries
- Stiff and painful joints
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
Most neurological conditions are severe and affect the family as badly as they do the patient. Let us help you in this difficult time to restore your loved one to his/her maximum level of function. We do home visits for those who are not able to come to the practice at an additional fee and provide caregiver training on handling and exercising the neurological patient.
We treat any chest conditions that cause a patient to produce excessive secretions (phlegm) that they cannot clear by themselves. We treat both adults, children and babies. We use a variety of techniques to help with coughing and breathing and clearing phlegm. These include specific breathing exercises, percussions, vibrations, positioning and exercise.
Some of the conditions treated include:
- Emphysema and COPD
- Post op chest complications
Orthopedics, Trauma and post-surgical care:
We provide care after your operation, ensuring you become mobile as soon as is medically possible.
Treatment depends on your injury and is aimed at functions to get you back to your daily activities. We will help with moving stiff and painful joints, sitting, standing, walking, dressing, eating, bending, lifting and more… Joint surgical repairs and joint injuries are restored by means of joint mobilizations, manual therapy, and rehabilitation.
Often after an orthopedic operation or a fracture, you are left weak and unable to do things that you could do in the past. Your physiotherapist will design a custom rehabilitation programme to ensure you return to the maximum level of function that your injury will allow.
A sportsperson often suffers injuries such as muscle strains or tears, ligament sprains and joint dislocations and will often undergo a surgical repair of an injured area. Physiotherapists assist the recovery time of sports people by speeding up muscle healing with manual therapy, corrective exercises, and rehabilitation. We will design a sports-specific rehabilitation programme, considering your unique sporting needs, to ensure you return to sport as soon as possible. Once you are pain-free with full normal movement, we will refer you to a biokineticist for maximal recovery.
We also are experienced with working at sporting events and as a team physiotherapist. Should you require these services please phone our office to arrange.
What is dry needling?
Dry needling is a successful medical treatment technique, during which very thin needles are used, without any medication (that’s why we call it a dry needle), to treat pain and to help the body to heal stubborn spasms associated with myofascial trigger points.
It is not at all the same as acupuncture and is a purely “western” medicine technique. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese treatment which does not need medical diagnosis and uses a patient’s energy to cause healing effects. Dry needling, on the other hand, requires a medical diagnosis before treatment and carries no spiritual “baggage”.
There are a few side effects associated with dry needling performed by a trained professional. These may include bruising around the needle site (the same as would happen with a regular injection), feelings of happiness, tearfulness, sweaty or cold sensations. Patients receiving treatment over the shoulder, lower neck or chest area have an additional risk of a needle puncturing a lung. Safety positions and techniques are used to minimize risk.
If the lung is punctured you may develop a pneumothorax, this is a rare but serious complication, and you should go directly to the hospital casualty department without panicking if it occurs. The symptoms include shortness of breath, a blue tinge to the fingers and lips, shortness of breath that becomes worse and an inability to “catch your breath”.
The treatment for pneumothorax is very successful. Our physiotherapists have both completed their dry needling modules 1-3 encompassing the entire body and are fully qualified and competent in the use of dry needling.
Will my medical aid cover the costs of physiotherapy?
You will need to pay for your treatment up front.
Our practice does not charge medical aid rates. We charge a standard fee whether you have medical aid or are a cash patient. This is a fairer approach so that fees charged are standard to all patients. This will mean we issue you with a statement and you must clam it back from your own medical aid. Some medical aids will cover our fees in full and some will cover at their rate. Our fees are charged according to the South African Society of physiotherapy’s billing structure and rules. These rules may differ from your medical aids rules resulting in a lower reimbursement to the patient.
For more information please see our section on rates. Please note that we will endeavor to claim for the treatment on your behalf but if your medical aid does not pay for any reason, you, the patient, will always remain liable for your account.
Do I need a referral letter / a Doctors referral?
No! According to the HPCSA, physiotherapists are considered first-line practitioners. This means that a patient may come directly to a physiotherapist who will then assess them and provide an appropriate treatment plan. If the injury or illness is beyond the skill of the physiotherapists, they will refer you to the appropriate medical professional for continued care.
A few medical aids require a referral letter please speak to your medical aid if you require a referral letter. Certain medical aids also require pre-authorisation for physiotherapy. It is the patient’s responsibility to obtain pre-authorization for physiotherapy.