“A Physiotherapist assesses, treats and manages a wide variety of injuries including ailments from the fields of orthopaedics, neurology, respiratory and thoracic, cardio-vascular, obstetrics, sports medicine, paediatrics, geriatrics, intensive care units and general rehabilitation. Other medical fields and community care also falls within the scope of physiotherapy. “
(definition: HPCSA website, accessed 17 July 2017)
In the field of orthopaedics and sports injuries we treat and rehabilitate injuries to joints or limbs, as well as treat patients after surgery or trauma, by getting them mobile again, in some cases with assistive devices like crutches or braces. We are trained to evaluate and treat pain with a variety of modalities in the spine and the muscles surrounding it. Any joint, big or small.
In the field of neurology we work with patients after a spinal cord injury, stroke or after diagnosis of neurological conditions like Guillian Barre or Multiple Sclerosis. Patients with Alzheimers and Parkinsons also benefit from exercise prescription. After brain injuries or brain surgeries, a physical therapist will be by your side during your recovery.
In the respiratory field we treat patients of any age with lung diseases like emphysema, asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis and pneumonia. We help with clearing secretions and improving endurance after a sick bed.
In the field of geriatrics physical therapists play an important role in fall prevention and conditioning to improve independence.
In the pediatric field developmental issues can be addressed like low muscle tone, late reaching of milestones and more chronic conditions like cerebral palsy can be addressed by means of rehabilitation.
Physical therapists also play an important role in the rehabilitation after thorax surgery, abdominal surgery or open heart surgery. During a stay in the Intensive Care Unit your physical therapist will prevent the complications of prolonged immobility due to coma or unconciousness.
In the field of obstetrics physiotherapists with a special interest in women’s health can help the mother through pregnancy related problems, after birth challenges and provide breastfeeding advice. Women’s health physiotherapists also work with patients recovering from gynaecological or bladder surgery and are trained to work with patients suffering from pelvic pain.
Physical therapists also work in the areas of oncology, psychiatry and community health.
Your physical therapist is there to help you recover from a physical condition.
Irrespective of your age.
Your physiotherapist is there to help with assessing, treating and managing your condition.