We have a hands-on holistic approach and use patient-specific, individualised assessments to increase your quality of life or to optimise your performance.
We have a special interest in the management of neuromusculoskeletal disorders, sport injuries and chronic pain syndromes.
In sports, even a minor sports injury or illness can be consequential. Such injuries or illnesses have the potential to keep an athlete from participating or have an impact on the athlete's performance.
This may prevent the athlete from fulfilling their goal that they worked so hard for. The physioxpert team has a good understanding of the latter and all the physiotherapists participate in sport themselves.
Three of our physiotherapists have also completed the Comrades marathon and had to deal with injuries during their preparation.
HEADACHES & NECKPAIN
Neck Pain is defined by the Global Burden of health 2010 Study as "pain in the neck with or without pain referred into one or both upper limbs that last for at least one day"
Neck pain is commonly experienced throughout the world and causes substantial disability and economic costs. At PysioXpert we see a lot of office workers struggling with neck pain and headaches. The latter group of patients seems to react well with physiotherapy treatment, exercises, and advice. The pain and disability associated with neck pain have a large impact on individuals and their families and should be managed with individualised programmes.
Back pain is one of the most common injuries treated by physiotherapists in Pretoria. It affects nearly 60-80% of people throughout their lifetime.
One of the definitions of low back pain is “pain and discomfort, localized below the costal margin and above the inferior gluteal folds, with or without leg pain" (European Guidelines for prevention of low back pain).
Low back pain is usually categorized into 3 subtypes: acute, sub-acute, and chronic low back pain. This subdivision is based on the duration of the back pain. Acute low back pain is an episode of low back pain for less than 6 weeks, sub-acute low back pain between 6 and 12 weeks, and chronic low back pain for 12 weeks or more.
Low back pain is not commonly associated with serious pathology and we see a lot of patients who have good results with physiotherapy.
During rehabilitation, the PhysioXpert team’s focus is on the restoration of optimal form (anatomy) and function (physiology) of our patient.
Muscle and joint injuries can have immediate and significant detrimental effects on an individual's function. When a person experiences or is likely to experience limitations in everyday functioning due to aging or a health condition, including chronic diseases or disorders, injuries, or traumas, a set of interventions is needed. "Rehabilitation enables individuals of all ages to maintain or return to their daily life activities and improve their quality of life".
It is important to identify rehabilitation as a process targeted at minimising the loss associated with acute injury or chronic disease, promoting recovery, and maximising functional capacity, fitness, and performance. Each injured or painful body part has different rehabilitation programmes and has the greatest potential for full recovery if the physiotherapist implements their knowledge to provide you with a research and experience-based programme.
Physiotherapy treatment for acute injuries (injuries that happened recently) is effective to regain function and decrease pain.
Examples of acute injuries which your physiotherapist can help you with are any harm to the knee, hip, ankle or foot muscles, ligaments and joints as well as injuries to the shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand muscles, ligaments and joints. It also includes neck or back injuries.
It is essential to treat each injury after a full assessment of each individual to ensure that the best physiotherapy treatment and exercises are provided.
The PhysioXpert team is focused on helping the patient not to stop training and to recover to their optimal performance level as soon as possible.
Each orthopaedic and surgical procedure referred to as physiotherapy has a different treatment and rehabilitation protocol.
The PhysioXpert team assesses each individual and the treatment implemented is based on the patient's needs in combination with the protocol relevant to the procedure which has been done. We work closely with the referring surgeon, doctor or health professional to ensure that all precautions and instructions are adhered to so that our clients can have the optimal outcome after surgical intervention and have a full functional recovery.
CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROM
A common definition for Chronic pain is pain that persists for 3 months or longer (although there are different schools of thought regarding the period of pain) is considered chronic.
It can be adaptive or maladaptive and often leads to physical weakness, limited functional ability, and has an effect on a patient's mood.
SINUSITIS & CHEST CONDITIONS
Physiotherapy modalities are implemented for respiratory disorders causing shortness of breath and the production of phlegm.
Physiotherapy techniques to address chest problems:
Postural Drainage - Different positions of the body to assist the drainage of phlegm.
Manual Techniques - Percussion, shaking and vibrations can be used to mobilize secretions and aid expectoration.
Breathing Exercises - Active Cycle of Breathing Technique(ACBT) could be used in order to mobilize secretions. Teaching relaxed breathing techniques as well as diaphragmatic breathing to aid oxygenation and prevent respiratory distress. Full thoracic expansion must be emphasized which will aid oxygenation.
Education - The patient should be encouraged to aid the mobilization of secretions through coughing and deep breathing during the day. The correct way of discarding phlegm is taught to patients. Patients are also provided with the correct breathing techniques.
Ergonomics is the scientific discipline addressing and understanding the interactions between the human body and other elements of a system.
Physiotherapists apply theory, principles, data and methods to design conditions to optimise human well-being at your working area. In short, we teach our patients how to sit or stand and position their furniture and computers at the office to prevent pain and problems.
PhysioXpert does Sport massages to enhance our patient's performance and help with recovery.
Our Physiotherapists will also be able to identify specific areas that need intervention during the massage to prevent injuries.
Due to the lack of physical activity in the modern day lifestyle, numerous health risks have emerged. This inability has caused deterioration of the body's physical function, which has resulted in many more cases of premature death or poor quality of life due to the onset of hypokinetic disease.
As a result of this phenomenon, the need for a biokinetic service arose. Biokinetics is a medically recognized professional discipline, applying scientifically based physical activity, to either help prevent disease or to do final phase rehabilitation following the onset of disease.
A Biokineticist can be thought of as a specialized exercise therapist that functions in a professional alliance to health and medicine. The profession is recognized by and registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.
The word 'Biokinetics' is taken from the Greek word "BIOS" which means "life" and "KINESIS" which means the maintenance of quality of life through the use of physical activity.
Physiotherapists operate within a scientific paradigm, assessing and treating human function using
standardized assessment methods and measures. This enables them to fulfill the function of writing
medical reports unique to physiotherapy, that can be used in legal settings.