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Pre and Post-operative Management

Most often before and after major surgery a physiotherapist will be called in to help patients recover and
reduce the chances of complications. We often assist patients who have respiratory conditions or mobility
impairment. We guide patients through education and careful instruction to enable them to achieve the best
results possible.

Our team has a close relationship with surgeons in Vascular, Orthopaedic & General surgery which
includes ICU and High Care management. It is important to us to work closely with the treating doctors and
nurses as this leads to the best results for our patients.
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Respiratory Conditions

Physiotherapy is often used in addition to medical treatment of conditions such as pneumonia, bronchitis,
emphysema, smoking damage/cessation, oxygen dependency, asthma and sinus. Your physiotherapist
will assess your individual needs and treat you accordingly. Each condition needs to be treated in a
specific manner to obtain optimum results.
(South African Society of Physiotherapy - COPD Guidelines 2008)
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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Patients who have undergone cardiac surgery or who have suffered a cardiac event often experience a
reduction in exercise tolerance levels thereafter. Your physiotherapist together with your Cardiologist/Cardio-
thoracic surgeon will guide you and progress you appropriately helping you achieve improved exercise
tolerance and the ability to exercise independently.
(Ades PA. Cardiac Rehabilitation and Secondary Prevention of Coronary Heart Disease.  New England Journal of Medicine.
2001 Sep 20; 345(12):892-902)

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Headaches, migraines and neck complaints

Headaches and neck complaints can be caused by many factors such as poor posture, joint irritation,
vascular components (migraines), whiplash or sinus. Physiotherapists are able to asses you and diagnose
the source of your pain. Through different types of treatment techniques and exercises most headaches
and neck pain can be brought under control.
(J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2007;37(3):100-107)
(South African Society of Physiotherapy - Back Management Guideline 2010)

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Musculoskeletal injuries (backs, necks, shoulders, knees, ankles etc.)

Physiotherapists are able to assess you and determine the source of your pain or severity of your injury.
Your physiotherapist will guide and progress you appropriately through your recovery. Musculoskeletal
conditions originate from any dysfunction related to muscles/soft tissue, neural and/or skeletal (bony)

These conditions present in various ways and each requires a specific treatment management.
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Sporting Injuries, Training & Goal specific rehabilitation

Injuries related to specific sports need to be dealt with thoroughly. They may originate from trauma due to a
previous fall or accident, or over-use or poor biomechanics due to poor execution of sports' technique.

The source of your injury needs to be identified so that the chances of the injury reoccurring are minimised
if not abolished.  It is very important to be honest with your physiotherapist regarding frequency & intensity
of training, any changes to your equipment eg bike set up, or new running shoes. These subtle changes
can contribute to your pain.

By including your physiotherapist in your goals and aspirations, your rehabilitation programme can be
adjusted and personalised to incorporate those goals depending on your expected recovery from your injury. 
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Pregnancy and Women's Health related conditions

During pregnancy a woman's body goes through numerous changes. Physiotherapy can assist with some
of the physical changes such as ligament laxity, altered postures, poor sleeping positions which can lead
to severe discomfort and stress. Lower back pain, sciatica and cramping are some of the many symptoms
which can be alleviated by physiotherapy through specific exercises and treatment techniques.

After your delivery we can assist mothers in regaining their core strength, reducing bladder complications
in later years, optimum breast feeding positions and gradual return to exercise.
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