Willem Fourie - Registered Physiotherapist - Johannesburg - South Africa

What is physiotherapy?

Do I need a doctor's referral for physiotherapy treatment?

Is the cost of physiotherapy covered by medical aid?

How quickly can I be seen?

How long does each session last?

What should I wear?

Frequently Asked Questions

Q What is physiotherapy?

A Physiotherapy is a comprehensive treatment that combines ‘hands on’ manual treatment and key exercises to treat a range of muscular, joint and neural problems. Physiotherapy aims to reduce pain and aid repair of damaged tissues by optimizing the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Our ultimate aim is to ensure that you return to your normal routine, be that work or sport, as soon as possible. Research has shown that prompt physiotherapy assessment and treatment may help the recovery of many of the conditions below. Even if you have been suffering for years, physiotherapy can help to change habits, lifestyle and both general and specific muscle/joint fitness, that may reduce pain.

• Spinal conditions
Long-standing or recent back/neck pain, headaches, sciatica, or muscle spasm
• Soft tissue injuries or conditions
Muscle, ligament, tendon or connective tissue sprains and strains
• Joint problems
Stiffness, swelling and pain in ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands and jaw. As well as pain associated with arthritic conditions
• Other conditions
Whiplash, repetitive strain injuries, headaches, pregnancy related problems and postural problems, post–operative conditions following fracture or trauma


Q Do I need a doctor's referral for physiotherapy treatment?

A No, physiotherapists are first contact practitioners, so you do not need a referral from your doctor.

Q Is the cost of physiotherapy covered by medical aid?

A It will depend on your particular medical aid or insurance policy. It is advisable to check with your medical aid provider whether physiotherapy is covered before starting treatment.

Q How quickly can I be seen?

A We will always try to offer a physiotherapy appointment on the same day or within 24 hours.

Q How long does each session last?

A Approximately 30 - 60 minutes depending on your condition.

Q What should I wear?

A The physiotherapist will need to see the affected body part. For back problems the physiotherapist will require you to undress to your underwear, and the practice will provide you with shorts and gowns or you can bring your own.
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