Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in South Africa

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Keshia Petersen Physiotherapy
5.0

From 16 verified reviews

Chad Thomas, 07 September 2020

Keshia is delightfully friendly and welcoming. Her deep tissue massage was fantastic as I could immediately feel a relief within my upper neck after the first session. I felt that her personal service and follow up skills were exceptional too as this is a rare commodity these days. She also advised some great self-therapy tips I could try while at home. She is also very meticulous about hygiene which is great considering the current state of events. Definitely recommend her to anyone seeking proper professional advise and care.

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Dr Leezy Long Chiropractor
5.0

From 7 verified reviews

Aubry Graham, 02 May 2019

I went for my first session today, Dr Long was professional and very kind. She really has a passion for her job, I feel like a new person. I would recommend her any day.

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De Beer Chiropractic Clinic
5.0

From 5 verified reviews

Musawenkosi Nonjola, 27 May 2020

Friendly and helpful. I am slowly working towards recovery. You don't have to live with back pain. Book an appointment & you won't regret it 🙂

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Liesl Zachar Physiotherapy
5.0

From 3 verified reviews

Roxanne Castelyn, 04 May 2020

Amazing, Amazing! Liesel has got me back on my feet and walking after 2 knee surgeries, highly recommended !

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Dr. Ram Ayurveda - Johannesburg
4.3

From 7 verified reviews

Helen Westlake, 04 February 2020

Through a mild and fairly warm winter which starts in June or July, I have noticed a difference in both my temperament and physical abilities. This was in 2019. It is now 2020 and indeed a new person has been given birth to within me. Journey with Dr. Ram treatments has been a phenomenal experience. Helen Westlake.

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Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital
2.3

From 48 verified reviews

Nompumelelo Madliwa, 19 April 2020

I had such a wonderful experience there with Dr Thomas, I had a skin drafting done it was such a smooth process I am healing very well and had a great stay there, Thank you so much

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Robyn Caie Massage Therapy

Robyn Caie Massage Therapy, located in Syfred Douglas St, Cape Town, South Africa offers patients Physical Therapy Consultation procedures among its total of 2 available procedures, across 1 different specialties. Currently, there's no pricing information for Physical Therapy Consultation procedures at Robyn Caie Massage Therapy, as all prices are available on request only. All procedures and treatments are undertaken by the lead specialist at the Hospital, and they are not accredited by any recognized accreditations institutes

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MK Physiotherapy

MK Physiotherapy, located in Syfred Douglas St, Cape Town, South Africa offers patients Acupuncture procedures among its total of 48 available procedures, across 2 different specialties. Currently, there's no pricing information for Acupuncture procedures at MK Physiotherapy, as all prices are available on request only. All procedures and treatments are undertaken by the lead specialist at the Hospital, and they are accredited by HPCSA - Health Professions Council of South Africa

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Dr Alain Sanua Homeopath Bryanston Practice

Dr Alain Sanua Homeopath Bryanston Practice, located in Council St, Johannesburg, South Africa offers patients Acupuncture procedures among its total of 1 available procedures, across 1 different specialties. Currently, there's no pricing information for Acupuncture procedures at Dr Alain Sanua Homeopath Bryanston Practice, as all prices are available on request only. All procedures and treatments are undertaken by the lead specialist at the Hospital, and they are not accredited by any recognized accreditations institutes

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King Park Sports Medicine Centre - King Park
5.0

From 3 verified reviews

Johann Oosthuizen-van der Westhuizen, 19 September 2020

Great place. Friendly staff and professional service. These are practitioners who genuinely care about their patients and their wellbeing. I would definitely recommend to anyone. Conveniently situated as well.

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Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R), also called physiatry, is a medical specialty that aims to enhance and restore the functional ability to a person who has been disabled as a result of an injury, disease, or disorder. The main goal is to help patients become as functional and pain-free as possible, as well as to help them enjoy their lives as fully as possible.

A physician who has completed training in physiatry is known as a physiatrist. They will assess and assure that their patients are medically stable to participate in therapies. A variety of disorders and diseases can be managed by physiatrists, particularly conditions of the joints, muscles, bones, and central or peripheral nervous system that affect a person’s ability to function. However, many physiatrists also specialize. While physiatrists do not perform surgery, they are qualified to perform numerous diagnostic tests and treatments. Some of the most common procedures they can do are as follows:

  • Physical examinations
  • Imaging studies
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Nerve conduction studies (NCS)
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Peripheral joint injections
  • Fluoroscopy guided procedures
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Trigger point injections
  • Spasticity management
  • Interventional spinal therapeutics.

In some cases, physiatrists may also perform acupuncture, platelet-rich plasma injections, prolotherapy, and autologous stem cell treatments. They can also prescribe specific exercise programs, as well as assistive and adaptive equipment, such as prescribing proper orthoses. They are trained to lead and coordinate care with the rehabilitation team, including, but not limited to, physical therapy, recreational therapy, occupational therapy, internal medicine, and psychiatry. 

How Long Should I Stay in South Africa?

Since the treatment plan is designed specifically for the individual needs of the patient, the length of stay in South Africa can be different for each person. For some diseases and disorders, such as stroke and chronic pain, a two to four weeks stay may be needed. During your stay, you may need to see your physiatrist 5 to 6 days a week at most. 

What's the Expected Recovery Time?

There is usually no recovery time after you finish your treatment program, though you may be asked to gradually increase your activity level over time. However, this can be different depending on the condition, injury, disease, or disorder you have. Your physiatrist will give you a detailed recovery timeline, including when you can return to your normal routine.

What Aftercare is Required?

You will most likely be given specific instructions on how to care for yourself, speed up your recovery process, and avoid further complications. If you are given an exercise program to carry out at home, make sure to do this as directed. For some diseases or disorders, regular checkups may be needed. You can usually choose to do the checkups with your local doctor in your home country if you prefer.

What's the Success Rate?

Due to the comprehensive nature of their training and the broad spectrum of conditions treated, physiatrists can design and adapt to new technologies. This means that, with continuous research and advancement of physical medicine and rehabilitation, the treatment program is now safer and more successful than ever.

Are there Alternatives?

The alternatives to physical medicine and rehabilitation depend on your disorder, disease, or injury. In most cases, there is no other alternative than to see a physiatrist to help you recover. However, for some conditions, such as back pain, you may be able to see other medical professionals, such as chiropractors. Still, ensure you consult with your doctor beforehand.

Whilst the information presented here has been accurately sourced and verified by a medical professional for its accuracy, it is still advised to consult with your doctor before pursuing a medical treatment at one of the listed medical providers. This content was last updated on 23/10/2020.

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