Established in 2001, HG Physio have been providing fast and effective physiotherapy services for South Africa’s corporate professionals, families and fitness enthusiasts throughout the Country.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a doctor’s referral?
No, you do not. All physiotherapists who are registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) are considered to be first line practitioners which means they are able to diagnose and treat conditions which fall within the scope of practice of physiotherapy. Should your physiotherapist feel you require the services of another health care practitioner they will refer you to them.
What should I bring with me?
You should bring any relevant imaging and reports (X-rays, ultrasound scan, MRI etc.) as well as any medical letters or information which you feel is relevant to your condition. Your physiotherapist will ask you questions regarding previous surgeries/medical conditions as well as any medications which you are currently taking; so if you struggle to remember any of this information, write a list and take it with you to your first appointment.
What can I expect from my first appointment?
On arrival for your first physiotherapy appointment you will be required to fill out some documentation, so please arrive early in order to avoid wasting any of your treatment time on administration. Your physiotherapist will then spend some time asking questions regarding your current injury, previous injuries and any relevant medical information. Your physiotherapist will then observe your posture and functional movements as well as assessing range of motion, strength and neurological function if indicated. Once your physiotherapist has developed a hypothesis regarding your injury they will discuss this with you and together you will set goals for your treatment and rehabilitation. Your treatment will then begin and by the end of the session your physiotherapist will have prescribed certain exercises for you to perform at home to begin your road to recovery and wellness.
What should I wear?
It is recommended to wear loose fitting comfortable clothing that will allow you to move around without restriction so that your physiotherapist can effectively assess you. Remember that the areas above and below and sometimes even seemingly unrelated areas may be assessed in order to fully understand your injury; so keep this in mind when dressing or choosing clothes for your session. If you are seeing your physiotherapist on your way to or from work then just remember to bring this type of clothing to change into during your session and you can change back into your clothes once your session has finished. Your physiotherapist may need to ask you to remove some items of clothing during your assessment in order to comprehensively assess your injury and form a diagnosis. If for religious or personal reasons you are uncomfortable with this, please inform your physiotherapist.
What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is concerned with assessing, treating and preventing movement disorders, restoring normal function or minimising dysfunction and pain in adults and children with physical impairment, to enable them to achieve the highest possible level of independence in their lives; preventing recurring injuries and disability in the workplace, at home, or during recreational activities and promoting community health for all age groups (SASP, 2017).