Physio Conditions

PHYSIOTHERAPY CONDITIONS

We cater for the following conditions

Back, Neck & Shoulder Pain

Most spinal problems are mechanical in nature and are not serious. Physiotherapy offers hands on treatment for specific problems, tailored exercise plans and effective advice for self-management and future prevention.

Lower back pain

Neck pain

Rib problems

Frozen shoulders

Rotator cuff injury

Posture related complaints

Acute joint problems

Chronic (long term) problems

Degenerative conditions (spondylosis, arthrosis)

Sacro-iliac Joint (SIJ) dysfunction

 

Spinal Pain & Dysfunction

Physiotherapists are skilled in the diagnosis of Musculoskeletal problems, allowing problem specific management. Treatments aim to reduce pain, restore function and aid long term prevention.

Lower back pain

Degenerative conditions (spondylosis, arthrosis)

Spondylolisthesis

Disc related pain

Nerve root irritation / compression (arm / leg pain, pins and needles, numbness)

Ankylosing Spondylitis

 

Sports Injuries

Sports physiotherapy focuses on the treatment for specific injuries and rehabilitation to prevent recurrences.

Physiotherapy aids the restoration of movement, function and strength during recovery. Rehabilitation specific to a sport will assist in an early return to activity.

Sports related injuries benefit from early intervention; this prevents an acute injury from becoming chronic and helps to ensure that further problems do not arise.

Physiotherapy offers assessment and treatment of sports injuries from the initial acute stage through to the final rehabilitation. All levels of athletes can be catered for from elite to recreational.  Specific areas include

Ankle Sprains

Knee ligament / Cartilage Injury

Patello-Femoral (Knee Cap) Problems

Overuse Running Injuries

Direct Injury from Contact Sport

Shoulder Pain from Throwing / Overhead Activity

Tennis / Golfers Elbow

Biomechanical Assessment of Overuse Injury

 

Joint and Muscle Pain & Dysfunction

Osteoarthritis is the most common joint condition in the world. Knees are commonly affected with the symptoms being pain, swelling, stiffness, reduced range of movement, reduced mobility and disability. Exercise is a core management strategy and physiotherapists can assess the knee and plan a treatment

Although conditions such as arthritis are degenerative, physiotherapy can help with pain relief and slow down the progression of the condition. Another major joint problem area is the knee. Physiotherapists are closely involved in knee assessment and treatment.

Other areas include

Rheumatism / Rheumatoid Arthritis

Direct Trauma and accident

 

Accident

Post-accident physiotherapy is a key rehabilitation activity that is catered to enable the accident victim back to a productive and independent life as soon as possible after the accident. 

Physiotherapy can help to shorten the length of time taken to recover as well as help towards a full recovery.

Among major injuries suffered during an accident is whiplash and bone fracture. Whiplash injuries occur when unexpected forces throw the spine back and forth causing pain and damage to the spinal joints, ligaments and muscles. Early intervention and advice is essential in aiding a full recovery. Physiotherapy helps to regain full range of movement, reduce pain, restore strength and function, and guide with self management techniques.

Fractures require specific management, often involving immobilization in cast or splints. On removal, physiotherapists assess individual problems and aid the early return of function and strength through specific rehabilitation.

Workplace Injuries

The workplace is a common cause of injury. In addition to accidents which cause various injuries such as bone fractures and whiplash as mentioned earlier, the workplace is also a major contributor to various conditions such as lower back pain.  Lower back pain in desk based professions is a very common complaint, and physiotherapy can help you regain the fitness for work and help identify the cause of the pain and ultimately reduce the number of days lost from work due to musculoskeletal injury.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) describes a collection of conditions resulting from overuse of individual tissues. Management involves treating the acute symptoms as well as the source of the injury to prevent further problems. Another cause of workplace injury is related to postural pain. Prolonged static positions, such as sitting for several hours, place abnormal stresses on the body and can result in pain. Physiotherapy can assist in management of acute symptoms and advice with exercise to promote long-term prevention.  Physiotherapy can also assist with assessment of posture related problems and provide advice on ergonomics / work station management / lifting etc and also provide advice on exercise and activity modification.

Stroke Rehabilitation

Physiotherapy is the most widely available and commonly accepted treatment for the rehabilitation of people who have had a stroke.

A stroke often has a devastating impact on an individual’s ability to move and physiotherapy treatment will be aimed at maximizing the individual’s potential to recover their movement abilities.

Having a stroke can have a serious impact on movement, sensation, balance and co-ordination and the aim of physiotherapy is to help regain as many of these abilities as possible. The severity of the stroke will dictate how much recovery is possible, but physiotherapy works to maximize potential recovery.

A physiotherapist will assess the alignment and activity of various body parts, and the physiotherapy treatment will focus on getting the side affected by the stroke to move more effectively.

 

Geriatrics

Alzheimer’s, arthritis, balance disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, incontinence, joint replacement, pulmonary disease, stroke, and osteoporosis are only a few of the problems covered by geriatric physiotherapy. Physiotherapists have a whole range of therapies for these ailments.

The types of problems faced in geriatric physiotherapy are grouped into three different categories. One category is the problems that happen because the patient simply does not use their limbs or does not exercise. These problems can be addressed by reconditioning through range-of-motion exercises and other exercises.

Another category geriatric physiotherapy deals with is cardiovascular disease, like heart disease and stroke. The physiotherapy professional has an array of tools at her disposal to work with these conditions. Exercise, aqua therapy, electrical stimulation, and more can be used.

The third category is skeletal problems. Geriatric physiotherapy helps people who have these disorders.

Pediatric

Pediatric physiotherapy assists in early detection of health problems and uses a wide variety of modalities to treat disorders in children.  Physiotherapist can diagnose, treat, and manage infants, children, and adolescents with a variety of congenital, developmental, neuromuscular, skeletal, or acquired disorders/diseases. Treatments focus on improving gross and fine motor skills, balance and coordination, strength and endurance as well as cognitive and sensory processing/integration.  Specific areas include

Children with developmental delays

Cerebral palsy

Down Syndrome

Scoliosis

 

Women’s Health

Women’s Health Physiotherapy specialises in the management of various health issues mainly related to the pre and post natal period. These conditions include

Bladder problems causing incontinence

Post surgery problems causing incontinence

Pre and post natal exercise

 

Occupational Therapy

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury and accidents to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals, 

customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.