Physiotherapy Treatment

A physiotherapist is highly skilled to provide holistic treatment and to facilitate recovery of a wide range of musculo-skeletal, neural and fascial conditions. Physiotherapists use clinical reasoning skills and hands-on treatment, combined with exercises and advice, to help their patients with pain, injuries, stiffness and imbalances of different tissues in the body. The goal is optimal function as soon as possible, a good quality life and to prevent recurrence.

At Olga le Roux Physiotherapy we have a special interest in the treatment of:

Orthopaedics

This involve the physiotherapy treatment of injuries or diseases of the musculo-skeletal system.   This include treatment of all joints of the body, back and neck pain, headaches, whiplash, arthritis, tennis or golfers elbow, shoulder impingement, arthritis.

Chronic pain

Chronic pain is ongoing pain, present for longer than 3 months.  It continues even after the expected healing phase of the injury and may be intermittent or constant.  This condition involves neural dysfunction, rather than tissue damage.  This pain pattern is complex and a different treatment approach is followed. It is important to empower the patient to be able to manage the pain.  Treatment focuses on education of pain physiology and pain mechanisms, goal setting, pacing, relaxation techniques, and graded exposure to exercise, referral to other members of the medical team for example occupational therapist, pain specialist, psychologist, and rheumatologist.

Sports injuries

Activity or sport related injuries of competitive or social athletes.  Examples are rotator cuff injuries of the shoulder, AC joint, ankle sprains, runner’s knee, acetabular impingement of the hip, Achilles tendinitis.  This also includes repetitive strain injuries or ongoing pain due to muscle imbalances.

Post-operative rehabilitation

After orthopaedic surgery like knee or hip replacements, ORIF for fractures, ligament repairs and arthroscopies, physiotherapy rehabilitation are invaluable. Each specific doctor’s protocol is followed.

Dry needling

Dry needling uses fine needles to treat muscle spasms and no medication is administered.  Dry needles are used to treat stubborn muscle spasms and changes the way your body senses pain.  This technique is used in conjunction with other treatment techniques.

Respiratory

Respiratory treatment involves the use of nebulization, postural drainage, chest percussions and vibrations and assisted coughing as well as breathing exercises.  The aim is to improve lung volume and to mobilise and remove secretions from the lungs and airways.  Sometimes it is needed to suction these secretions, mostly in young children under the age of 2.  Conditions like bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia and asthmatic conditions are treated with respiratory physiotherapy.  For sinusitis ultrasound and laser can be used.

Joint mobilization

This is a passive technique where small oscillatory movements (rolling and gliding of the joint surfaces) are done to improve joint movement.  It is done to spinal or peripheral joints that are painful or stiff. 

Soft tissue techniques

Soft tissue treatment is done when there has been direct trauma to muscles or with repetitive strain and overload injuries.  Treatment helps to facilitate a functional scar, with good tensile strength and flexibility.  Different techniques are used according to the specific healing phase of the injury.

Home visits

Home visits can be arranged for patients having difficulty to come to our practice.  This service is limited according to the location of the patient.

Postural rehabilitation

To prevent musculo-skeletal injuries and to alleviate chronic performance issues, a holistic assessment of each individual’s movement patterns is done.  Treatment involves manual therapy and rehabilitative exercises.

Neurology

Neurological conditions of the brain, spinal cord and nerves, like a stroke, head injury or MS need specific neuro physiotherapy.  Treatment facilitates optimal function, mobility, balance and coordination.  Treatment involves re-education of gait and the use of assistive devices as needed.

Strapping and kinesiotaping

Rigid strapping are used to support joints of athletes during contact sport and should only be applied for practice or game sessions.  Non rigid strapping (kinesio tape) is applied to improve blood circulation and to support injured soft tissue, this type of strapping can be left on the skin for longer periods (usually 3-5 days).

Breastfeeding

Cracked and sore nipples, blocked ducts and mastitis are treated with electrotherapy modalities – ultrasound drains blocked ducts.

 

"Pain is such an uncomfortable feeling that even a tiny amount of it is enough to ruin every enjoyment." - Will Rogers

 

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