What is Physiotherapy

The Somerset West physiotherapy practice creates healthy bodiesThe purpose of physiotherapy is to relieve pain and inflammation and to enhance and improve recovery after injury or surgery.

This is achieved by first finding the true cause of the pain, with a thorough assessment, where after treatment and rehabilitation follows.

Treatment may involve restoring movement patterns, improving or correcting the gliding of joints and strengthening certain muscles to reach the optimal muscular balance to stabilise joints during activity or sports.

Physiotherapists are first line practitioners, therefore there is no need for a referral from a Doctor or Specialist to book an appointment.


Sports and other Injuries

After any injury, inflammation will occur due to tissue damage. Inflammation is your body’s defence response and is essential for healing and reconstruction of tissues. However, if the inflammatory process is not well controlled, the injured area may become red, hot, swelling and very painful. Physiotherapy therefore aims to keep the inflammation under control to minimise your pain but also to optimise the healing and reconstruction phases to prevent the tissues from causing problems or being reinjured later on. The cause of the injury will also be assessed to identify whether there are any other muscle imbalance or weakness which could predispose you to an injury or joint pain.

Examples of the most common injuries treated:

Ligament sprains and tears, muscle tears, meniscus injuries, labral tears, fractures, scar formation of the skin.

Joint And Muscle Pain

Joint and muscle pain may be caused by incorrect patterns of movement during or after a specific activity. The biomechanics of that activity will be evaluated in order to advise you on adaptations or corrections to protect your body from injury or pain. These activities may include sports, desk work or other every day activities.

Examples of the most common joint and muscle pain treated:

Lower back pain, Neck Pain, Hip pain, Knee pain, Shoulder pain, Osteo-arthritis, Tendonopathy/Tendonitis

Pre and Post Surgical Rehabilitation

Surgical rehabilitation should start as early as possible to enhance better and faster recovery. If rehabilitation can start even before surgery, you will have the opportunity to prepare your body to decrease the risks and negative effects of surgery on your body. Pre-surgical rehabilitation may involve strengthening of the muscles around the involved area, exercising your heart and lungs (Cardio vascular system) and thorough explanations of the condition or surgical procedure to have clear understanding thereof. Guidance will also be given for what you should do the moment you come out of theatre and what you can expect afterwards to resolve fears and misconceptions. Post-surgical rehabilitation will help you get back to your normal daily routine as quick as possible. The rehabilitation would also aim to prevent a similar condition or re-injury.

Examples of the most common surgeries treated:

Spine: Fusion, Laminectomy/Decompression, Discectomy

Shoulder: Rotator Cuff Tendon Repair, Decompression, Shoulder Replacement

Hip: Total Hip Replacement, Labral repair

Knee: Arthroscopy, Ligament Repair (example Anterior/Posterior Cruciate Ligament or Medial/Lateral Collateral Ligaments), Total Knee Replacement.

Other: Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF) of a displaced fracture, Skin graft, tendon transfers