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Physiotherapy Rehabilitation in Randburg

What is Physiotherapy Rehabilitation

What is Rehabilitation Therapy?

Physiotherapy-led rehabilitation is a proven and cost-effective way to treat patients whose lives have been affected by injury, illness or disease. Physiotherapy rehabilitation will help you function at your best possible levels whether at home, work or in leisure activities. The focus is always on the patient's goals - what are they battling with and what do they need to be able to do?

Physiotherapy rehabilitation is used to help with, amongst other things, recovery after injury, disease and to manage chronic conditions. It is most effective to start physio rehab as soon as possible after the incident or diagnosis and to use a combination of approaches to address physical, emotional and biochemical challenges. 

What is the difference between Rehab and Physical Therapy?

Rehabilitation, or rehab, is a very broad term. It means to return something to the original condition, literally, “to make fit” again. Rehabilitation is an all-inclusive treatment program that can possibly be substance abuse rehabilitation, relearning daily activities or speech after a stroke, regaining strength after some sort of incident or learning new ways of doing things.

Physical therapy is one of the components of a rehabilitation program. Physiotherapists focus mainly on muscle and joint strength and movement. They will first take a full history of your problem. They will look at all the available test results and reports and then do a physical examination of your muscles, nerves and joints. Based on this information they will formulate a treatment plan. 

In South Africa physiotherapists are first-line practitioners, which means you do not need a referral from a doctor to be treated and diagnosed by a physical therapist.  If the problem you are receiving physiotherapy rehabilitation for involves other medical team members, the physiotherapist will inform and collaborate with those professionals.

Your physiotherapy rehab treatment will most likely involve: 

  • Pain relief
  • Strength work 
  • Improvement of mobility and flexibility. 

This can be a combination of hands-on techniques as well as some electrotherapy machines.

What is Rehabilitation Therapy for Sports Injuries?

Rehabilitation therapy after a sports injury will help athletes of any level to reduce pain and look at various aspects to get them to return to their sport as quickly as possible. The treatment is targeted at the specific individual and the needs they have for their sport. 

The most common challenges I see in my practice is: 

  • Shoulder injuries (often involving the rotator cuff) 
  • Arm pain like tennis elbow or golfers elbow 
  • Knee pain that includes ligament injuries, runners or jumpers knee and cartilage tears. 
  • Ankle injuries like sprains and strains.
  • Then I see quite a few teenage athletes battling with niggles as they get comfortable in their growing bodies.

A very important aspect of Sports Physiotherapy rehabilitation is the screening of athletes to prevent injuries in the first place. 

The treatment will likely involve: 

  • Hands-on therapy 
  • Electrotherapy machines
  • Taping and bracing in the acute phase 
  • Muscle reconditioning 
  • Sport-specific training

 What is Rehabilitation Therapy for the Elderly?

As we get older, we may notice changes in various areas of our lives. Physical changes are mostly related to recovery times after training and injury. As tissues age, it needs a little bit more tender love and care.

The treatment of elderly patients mostly involves functional problems like: 

  • Pain 
  • Balance challenges 
  • Endurance issues 
  • Problems walking 
  • Lower than normal muscle strength.

Some patients may also want to be proactive during their ageing process and seek treatment to maintain their strength. 

Treatment of the elderly will assist with the above in the following ways: 

  • Hands-on treatment 
  • Improving joint, muscle and nerve mobility 
  • Strength exercises tailored to the needs and goals of the individual 
  • Balance re-education 
  • Coordination re-education  
  • Discussions about Lifestyle changes 
  • Train them in the safe use of assistive devices like walking frames and walking sticks

What is Rehabilitation Therapy for Cancer?

In the initial stages, the focus of treatment is with oncologists, radiologists, nurses and surgeons, and rightly so. Physiotherapy does not necessarily immediately come to mind, so where do we fit in?

The cancer-related treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery (to move the patient into remission), causes most of the common challenges. Symptoms experienced during and after all these treatments can be: 

  • Cancer-related fatigue
  • Pain
  • Nerve damage
  • Lymphedema (swelling)
  • Weak muscles
  • Decreased endurance
  • Incontinence

Each person is different, every cancer is different and the treatment for each of these people are different. Physiotherapy rehabilitation is specific to the individual, their needs and their goals going forward. Treatment for the above-mentioned side effects may include: 

  • Manual therapy to relieve pain 
  • Exercises to help strengthen the weak muscles 
  • Improve endurance (both muscle endurance as well as cardiovascular endurance). This is mostly done through a tailored exercise program suited to the needs and goals of the patient. 
  • Nerve damage may present as numbness, tingling, and loss of sensation. This can be treated with specific stimulation techniques.
  • Lymphedema may be treated with specialised massage techniques, strapping and exercises
  • Incontinence therapy is a very specialised field within physiotherapy and includes the use of muscle stimulation techniques and strength training of the pelvic floor.

What is Rehabilitation Therapy after Injury?

Physiotherapy rehabilitation after any kind of injury is extremely important, not only to relieve pain but to prevent chronic problems from forming. Physio rehab is there to improve function and movement after you have had an injury.

Even if you've had a similar injury before it is vital to have it properly assessed again by a physiotherapist. This is for you to get a safe treatment plan and to prevent this injury from happening again.

The treatment program for any kind of injury will also include a home program which suits the needs of the person and fits in with their lifestyle and the amount of time they have available to exercise.

The treatment will aim to:

  •  decrease pain
  •  improve strength and mobility
  •  increase range of movement
  •  decrease stress -  both emotionally as well as on the body part that is affected

 What is Rehabilitation Therapy after a Car Accident?

Car accidents can cause injuries of varying degrees. Physiotherapy rehabilitation forms a very important part of the treatment of the problem as well as prevention of challenges further down the line.

An example of a minor injury is whiplash. The symptoms you will mostly feel is pain and a stiff neck. Painkillers and a brace will help relieve the pain in the beginning, but physio rehab will assist in treating the muscles and joints of the spine. Physiotherapy treatment will help heal and recondition the muscles that are tight and reactivate the deeper, supporting muscles that may shut down because of the pain and the swelling. 

Other injuries you may sustain is:

  •  back pain
  •  chest pain (from the impact of the seatbelt)
  •  bruises and, in more serious cases,
  •  broken bones and dislocated joints

Physiotherapists form an important part of the team that gets you back on your feet again.

 My name is Monique de Beer, a registered Physiotherapist that practice at the Timron Health and Wellness Centre in Olivedale, Ranburg and Greater Fourways area, Johannesburg, South Africa.

FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME if you have any questions or need to book an appointment.

How I work

I assess and treat every patient holistically, taking into account the physical, emotional and biochemical aspects. I spend time to determine the root cause of the problem and to educate my patients on what I have discovered. I involve my patient in his/her rehabilitation by way of discussions, coaching and home exercise programs, which I tailor to their schedule and current activity level. I work together with my patients in order to rehabilitate them back to personal power, wellness and wholeness.

Benefits of using Monique De Beer Physiotherapist

Relieving symptoms, but treating the
cause

Education in understanding your problem

Focus on prevention of future problems

Provide appropriate home exercise
program to facilitate self-management

Aim for an average of 3 treatments

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I guarantee that I will use all my knowledge and experience responsibly towards achieving the best outcome for my patients. I am available to answer questions, upgrade exercise programs and just give general advice and support if patients, present or past, are unsure about managing their conditions.

Why use me?

Take a comprehensive history

Provide undivided attention for the duration of the treatment

Treat you as a whole person, not just a sum of symptoms

I believe in making a correct diagnosis

Referral to the appropriate specialist if needed

Know your injury