What is Physiotherapy (what is it about)?
Physiotherapy helps patients with physical difficulties resulting from injury, illness, disability and ageing to improve or maintain their movement through manual therapy, therapeutic exercises and electrotherapy.
What are its specialised services (what does the unit offer)?
- Manual therapy
- Therapeutic exercise
- Dry needling
- Assessing, training and issuing of walking aids.
How long has the unit been active?
- More than 30 years
How does one get access to the unit (through grooming or straight)?
- All patients are referred to the physiotherapy department by doctors from all discipline in our institution.
- If a patient is referred straight to physiotherapy by a doctor outside our institution or clinic, the patient gets sent to our institution doctors for initial assessment before they start physiotherapy.
Could you please explain the steps followed to access the services?
- Out and ward patients are referred to physiotherapy by a doctor from any discipline in our institution by filling TPH 30 form (Physiotherapy referral card).
What type of diagnosis do you admit at your unit?
- Patients are referred to physiotherapy from any clinical disciplines in our institution including Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Internal medicine, General surgery, Paediatrics, Oncology, Urology, Obstetrics and gynaecology, Neonatal, Maxillofacial, Burns, ICU, and MDR/XDR .
What machines do you use at the unit?
- Therapeutic ultrasound
- Therapeutic vibrometer
- Cpm for lower limbs
- Chest mobile nebuliser
- Mobile suctioner.
- Tilt bed
- Standing frame
How effective are the machines in assisting with speedy recovery of the patients?
- Relaxation of muscle spasms, and reduction of pain so patients can exercise effectively to maintaining and increasing muscle strength.
- Prevention of muscle atrophy, maintaining and increasing range of motion by helping the patient move limbs and increase blood flow.
- Reducing oedema by manually assisting lymphatic drainage.
- Loosen chest secretions so they can be easily suctioned, patient will get easy gaseous exchange in the chest and will mobilise out of bed faster.
How many survivors has the unit produced since it has been active?
- Physiotherapy helps retrieve, maintain or improve what patient lost after injury, illness or disability.
What makes the staff in the unit win (succeed)?
- Giving our clients information about their condition and how physiotherapy will assist them.
- Assessment and exercise prescription and explaining to patients how important is the given exercise to their health.
- Team work within the department.
- Respecting all our clients irrespective of race, age or gender.
What challenges do you encounter with patients and your facilities?
- Some patients don’t do their exercise programs at home, even after explaining the importance of exercise to them and their condition does not improve.
- Some patients don’t come for their follow up appointments.
How do you deal with and overcome those challenges?
- Doctors refer the patients back to Physiotherapy.
- Patients call and make appointment again.