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Netcare Waterfall City Hospital, Corner Magwa Cresent & Mac Mac Av Midrand

Physiotherapy in Midrand at Waterfall Clinic

“Help me, help myself.” - Maria Montessori


How Did We Get Here?

 Jacqui Schewitz (nee Krawitz) and Robert Lelaka decided to open a joint practice at Waterfall City Hospital when it started in July 2011.

What Have We Achieved?

We have been accepted as physiotherapists at Waterfall City hospital and have full practicing privileges. Since our inception, we have grown to have more referring doctors, a network among the Midrand GPs, and an ongoing relationship with local retirement villages. In terms of personnel we have grown, to now a staff of a full time physiotherapist, a part time therapist, and two therapists that assist on weekends.

Our Mission

  • To ensure quality physiotherapy services that are up to date with the latest research, at Netcare Waterfall City Hospital.
  • Provide caring, compassionate physiotherapy care for our patients as well as educate them, so that they may better understand their condition and its management, in order to manage their condition at home.
  • To provide services to the doctors who refer to us by maintaining an open form of communication with them, being on-call, and presenting them with accurate feedback regarding patients.
  • Assist the nursing staff to work in a multidisciplinary environment, and provide education within the context of physiotherapy.
  • Maintain and keep up-to-date with academic research, and continue involvement within the general physiotherapy community through professional development.

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Treatments

Musculoskeletal

This section of the practice is both in- and out-of-hospital. The in-hospital cases are normally orthopaedic in nature. These patients are followed up from ICU or Surgical Ward to discharge and then as outpatients. Being first line practitioners, we also see patients who walk into our rooms for help with sports injuries or other musculoskeletal complaints.

Respiratory Therapy

This comprises of post-surgical cases such as general surgery, cardio-thoracic, urology, orthopaedics, neurology, maternity etc. We are also involved with medical patients who need physiotherapy services – for example, those with an acute disease such as pneumonia, and those with a chronic disease such as COPD. This therapy is mainly provided within the wards of the hospital but can also be provided on an outpatient setting or at home for patients who require it.

Paediatrics

We see children in hospital, usually in a respiratory context. We also see children in our rooms for out-of-hospital respiratory complications.

Neurology

We see acute stroke patients within the ICU and Medical Wards. These patients can be followed up after discharge to continue their rehabilitation. Patients can be seen at home if they are living in the surrounding area and are unable to travel to the hospital.

The Team

FAQ

What is physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy is paramedical intervention that aims to decrease pain and improve function. It involves rehabilitation of the body and helps with healing of most medical and surgical conditions. It is appropriate for a range of muscle, joint and nerve conditions whether resulting from injury, illness or disability.
A range of techniques are available for each condition, and your physiotherapist will choose what is appropriate for you and your condition. They can also advise on lifestyle changes that may reduce problems or injuries. The physiotherapist may refer you to another socialist if they feel that it is appropriate.

Is physiotherapy massage?

No. Physiotherapy may use some massage techniques to realise tissues, but it uses other techniques for treatment, and not just relieve the symptoms.

What types of problem can physiotherapy help?

Physiotherapy can help with muscle and joint problems, as well as respiratory and neurological conditions.

What does the treatment involve? / What treatments will you use?

During the first treatment, the physiotherapist will perform a full assessment, and then treat according to what was found in the assessment.

What should I wear?

You can come in the clothes that you would be wearing. We have gowns and shorts, and may request that you change into these, if specific body parts need to be exposed.

How long do sessions last?

Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes, although the first session may be longer, as the primary assessment needs to be performed.

How much will it cost?

We charge medical aid rates. Since each medical aid pays a different amount, we charge according to your medical aid. Private patients are charged the rate of Discovery medical aid. Compensation for accidental injuries will be submitted directly to them. All the necessary documents must be submitted.

Do you get treatment on your initial appointment?

Your first session will involve a full assessment, and in most cases, treatment will occur and recommendations will be made.

Do I need to see my doctor first?

No, we are first-line practitioners.

Will it hurt?

Physiotherapy should not hurt. However, there may be some discomfort. If your treatment is too unpleasant, please feel free to talk to your therapist.

Can I bring someone with me?

Yes, you are welcome to bring someone along. However, due to space constraints, if there are too many people, they may be asked to wait in the waiting room.

Tips & News

Rehabilitation after pectus excavatum corrective surgery: A single case report.

On March 17, 2014

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Pectus excavatum deformity, often diagnosed in children and adults, results in psychological and physiological impairments. The minimally invasive Nuss surgical procedure is more frequently used to correct this deformity. The purpose of this single case report is to report on the interdisciplinary management provided for a 9-year-old girl who underwent this procedure for congenital pectus excavatum deformity.

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Psychosocial stress and cardiovascular risk – current opinion.

On March 17, 2014

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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Epidemiologic research of the last half-century has clearly shown that psychosocial factors related to the social environment, personality characteristics, and negative affect increase the risk of incident CVD and also impact prognosis of cardiac patients. Several mechanisms may explain this link, including a genetic predisposition, poor lifestyle choices, low adherence to health recommendations, and direct pathophysiologic perturbations. The latter include alteration of the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis and autonomic dysfunction resulting in endothelial dysfunction, inflammation, and a prothrombotic state further downstream. Screening for psychosocial factors seems appropriate as part of the standard history and based on the clinician’s knowledge of the patient and the purpose of the visit. Psychological interventions generally alleviate distress in cardiac patients, but whether they reduce the risk of hard cardiovascular endpoints and all-cause mortality is less evident. Cardiac patients with more severe depression may particularly profit from antidepressant medications. Due to their pharmacologic properties, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors were shown to improve cardiovascular outcome. The most effective psychosocial treatment is multicomponent therapy that combines elements of cognitive behaviour therapy (“stress management”) and changes in health behaviours, including the adoption of a regular exercise regimen. Gender-specific issues should probably be considered. The field of behavioural cardiology has accumulated a wealth of epidemiological, mechanistic and clinical knowledge that undoubtedly has furthered our understanding about the important role of psychosocial risk factors in patients with a heart disease.

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