FAQs

Do I need a doctor’s referral?

No. You can make an appointment directly with a physiotherapist. Some medical aid packages require a referral, so if you wish to claim from your medical aid, it’s a good idea to check with them.

How does physiotherapy work?

Physiotherapists are trained to make a careful assessment and treat the patient as a whole, taking their lifestyle and circumstances into account. The practitioner and patient work together to restore full function as quickly and efficiently as possible. During the treatment process the patient will learn practical ways to look after their bodies at home, work and at play. Aquiring knowledge and building stronger more resilient bodies empower patients to take control of their recovery and limit future injuries.

What happens if Physiotherapy is not appropriate for my problem?

Physios are trained as first line practitioners and will refer you on to an appropriate practitioner who would be better able to assist you.

What conditions does Southern Suburbs treat?

Any musculoskeletal pain, for example:

Back pain

Neck pain

Shoulder injuries

Sports injuries such as muscle tears, ligament sprains and tendonitis

Knee injuries

Ankle sprains

Post surgical knee and hip rehabilitation

Headaches

Post hospitalization rehabilitation

How long is a session?

In general, the first session lasts 45 minutes to an hour and follow up sessions are half an hour.

What should I wear?

There are no strict rules, but comfortable loose-fitting clothing is ideal.

What techniques are used?

Physiotherapists have a large range of techniques at their disposal. The most appropriate techniques for the problem and the stage of the problem are chosen.

Here is a brief list of some of the techniques that may be used at Southern Suburbs Physio:

Joint mobilization

Joint manipulation

Specific soft tissue mobilization

Rehabilitation exercises

Neuroscience education

Dry needling

Kinesio taping

Rehabilitation using pilates

Ultrasound

Interferential therapy

Home visits

Home visits can be arranged within reasonable proximity, for patients who are unable to come to the practice. A home visit fee is charged in addition to the therapy fee.

Costs

Medical aid rates are charged. Please ask when you book.

Cancellation policy

Appointments not cancelled at least two hours before the appointment will be charged for.

Practice Hours

The practice is open Monday to Fridays from 08h00 until 17h30