CONDITIONS TREATED

Our practices’ specific fields of interest include orthopaedic (musculoskeletal conditions), sport injuries, cardiopulmonary (including intensive care) and neurology. The following are some examples of conditions that we treat and rehabilitate in our fields of interest:

Orthopaedic

  • Neck and back pain
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash injuries
  • Arthritic conditions
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Knee and ankle injuries
  • Postural problems
  • Post fractures and dislocations
  • Post-surgery e.g. arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair, spinal surgery and joint replacements
  • Chronic pain management

Sport

  • Muscle tears and strains
  • Tendon and ligament injuries e.g. Achilles tendinosis and ankle sprain
  • Post-surgery e.g. labral, anterior cruciate ligament and meniscal repairs
  • Screening for injuries
  • Strapping and taping

Pulmonary

  • Adult and paediatric respiratory conditions e.g. sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma, bronchopneumonia and emphysema
  • Post-surgical respiratory infections

Intensive care

  • Maintenance or restoration of respiratory and musculoskeletal function after e.g. heart attacks, complex surgery, serious respiratory infections and major trauma.

Neurology

  • Adult neurological conditions e.g. strokes and multiple sclerosis
  • Paediatric neurological conditions e.g. delayed milestones and cerebral palsy

Trauma follow-up clinic

The purpose of the trauma follow-up clinic is for a multi-disciplinary team (consisting of a doctor, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychologist, social worker, dietician and speech therapist) to assess patients who have been discharged after a lengthy stay in an intensive care unit and hospital ward following a serious traumatic incident.

The team aims to:

  • determine patients’ level of fitness, well-being and function post discharge and identify any problems that may be hindering their recovery
  • attend to patients’ identified needs so that they can achieve their optimal levels of function and be re-integrated into their communities.

The trauma follow-up clinic was started in August 2018. It is the first of its kind in South Africa. The clinic is run from our Alberton practice.

Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programmes

Patients who have suffered a heart attack, been diagnosed with heart failure or undergone cardiac surgery (e.g. cardiac stents, bypass surgery and heart valve replacements and repairs) would benefit from cardiopulmonary rehabilitation to improve their cardiovascular fitness and general functional well-being. This service is offered at our Alberton practice.

Patients are assessed and provided with an appropriate exercise programme and given guidelines on how to manage either their condition or recovery from surgery. Exercise programmes are monitored in a safe and controlled environment.