Conditions We Treat

Headaches

Everyone can relate to a headache, most people pop a tablet and it disappears and for some it doesn't, that's when you get worried about what's causing the headache.

Headaches can be classified into:

  • Migraine
  • Tension type headaches
  • Cluster headaches
  • Mixed tension-migraine headaches

It's always best to consult when experiencing a headache which is severe and worsening. The most common type of headache seen by Solomon and Long Physiotherapists is a tension type headache. Tension type headaches arise from the soft tissue or joint in the neck. This type of headache usually affects people with poor posture who sit or stand incorrectly for long periods. The structures that are affected refer a dull boring pain to the base of the skull and above the eye; this is because the nerves that are in your neck are also connected to your head and face. Tension type headaches are can be associated with nausea and blurred vision, may be present on waking or come on during the day and worsened by sustained neck positions. Not forgetting stress and tension, especially in the hectic life style we live in, are common contributors to tension type headaches.

Your physiotherapist will be able to accurately assess and diagnose whether your neck is causing your headache. Posture correction, stretches, and strengthening exercises will be given.

For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact us at office@benoni-physio.co.za or call us at Northmead clinic: 011 849 3721 or Farrarmere clinic: 011 425 9138.

Neck pain and back pain (facet, muscle, and disc)

Neck and back pain are common referrals to physiotherapy. We often see similar patterns in the mechanism of injury. Neck pain can result from stress and tension, sleeping incorrectly i.e. on your stomach with the head turned to the side, sitting with a forward head posture while studying. Back pain can result from a ligament, muscle sprain and or disc herniation after bending to pick up an object whether heavy or not. It can also be from wear and tear in the joints i.e. arthritis The structures that are under load, traumatised by injury or have a pathology, result into pain and decreased movement in the spine.

These structures are:

  • Discs and facet joints
  • Muscles
  • Ligaments

Your physiotherapist will be able to accurately assess and diagnose what structure is causing your neck and back pain. By using skills and techniques obtained from OMT1 and experience over the years. Advice on correcting posture, lifting and carrying techniques will be given, as well as an exercise program.

For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact us at office@benoni-physio.co.za or call us at Northmead clinic: 011 849 3721 or Farrarmere clinic: 011 425 9138.

Jaw problems - (temporomandibular TMJ)

Temporomandibular joint disorders are problems affecting the jaw joint - usually pain or reduced movement of the joint. Jaw joint problems are not as common as other conditions. The likely causes of jaw joint problems are joint pressure, tension on the connective tissue and muscles. They may vary from patient to patient. Treatment of the above often improves the symptoms. In other cases, patients may need special devices to wear to assist their symptoms.

Your physiotherapist will be able to accurately assess and diagnose what structure is causing your temporomandibular pain and give treatment, exercises and advice on the factors contributing to the problem.

For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact us at office@benoni-physio.co.za or call us at Northmead clinic: 011 849 3721 or Farrarmere clinic: 011 425 9138.

Chest problems and Sinusitis

From paediatric to adult chest problems, we see all common chest conditions. Physical function depends on the respiratory system to provide adequate oxygen and elimination of carbon dioxide, when diseases affect this system, the whole body is affected because there is not an adequate supply of oxygen for systems in the body. Chest physiotherapy has been practiced for years and has shown effectiveness in assisting quick recovery from chest problems.

Chest conditions we treat in the rooms

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchopneumonia
  • Pneumonia

In the hospital we see the above mentioned including

  • Lung cancer

Sinusitis symptoms of congestion can be treated by your physiotherapist with the use of rhinoflo. Sinus massage will be shown to you as self treatment tool. When your sinuses are consistent with neck pain, it is likely that your neck is causing your sinus symptoms.

Suctioning is a modality used in children under 2 years to assist in the clearance of chest secretions from the nasal passages and for stimulation of a cough reflex. It is a safe and effective procedure done by experienced physiotherapist.

Your physiotherapist will assist with chest problems and sinus. For an appointment please contact us on office@benoni-physio.co.za or call us at Northmead clinic: 011 849 3721 or Farrarmere clinic: 011 425 9138.

Lymphoedema

Lymphoedema is the swelling that occurs when a protein rich fluid called "lymph" collects in part of the body. We see lymphoedema related to breast cancer surgery, pooling of fluid usually occurs in the upper arm due to lymph node removed with the cancer. This can lead to swelling, pain, tightness, heaviness of the arm and even skin infections.

A diagnosis can be made by an accurate, detailed medical history and physical examination.

Signs and symptoms

  • Sensation of arm fullness or mild discomfort
  • Joint stiffness, pain and skin discoloration
  • Decreased strength
  • Swelling in a portion of the limb or the entire limb, affects the top of the hand or foot

Treatment

  • Manual lymph drainage (MLD)
  • Compression bandaging with garments
  • Skin care
  • Exercise
  • Education

Your physiotherapist will assist with lymphoedema. For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact us at office@benoni-physio.co.za or call us at Northmead clinic: 011 849 3721 or Farrarmere clinic: 011 425 9138.

Pre and post operative surgical and orthopaedic conditions

Physiotherapy is important in the recovery and rehabilitation of patients who have had surgical and orthopaedic operations done. Shoulder and knee operations are frequent referrals we receive from expertise surgeons in and around the greater Johannesburg.

  • Knee and shoulder arthroscopy
  • Knee ligament repairs (ACL,PCL,MCL,LCL)
  • Knee replacement
  • Hip replacement
  • Shoulder acromioplasty
  • Shoulder rotator cuff repair
  • After open reduction internal fixation of fractures
  • Other post operative orthopaedic conditions

We follow specific protocols that the Doctors have prescribed when they refer you to physiotherapy. Rehabilitation and quick recovery starts when you come to our rooms.

For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact us at office@benoni-physio.co.za or call us at Northmead clinic: 011 849 3721 or Farrarmere clinic: 011 425 9138.

Joint pain

Joints in the arms and legs, from shoulder to wrist, hip to ankle, these joints can affect function with symptoms of pain and stiffness. Joints in the body are movable joints which means they glide with movements made by the limb. Joints become painful from pathologies like arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

A number of common injuries can cause joint symptoms. These injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Dislocation of bones
  • Herniated disc (ruptured or slipped disc)
  • Injury from overuse of a joint
  • Nerve entrapment or compression (pinched nerve) such as a pinched nerve in the lumbar spine
  • Sprains and strains
  • Stress fractures
  • Tendon rupture

Physiotherapy can assist with the above conditions. With the use of joint mobilization, traction, heat and electrotherapy modalities, strapping and prescribing exercises suitable to assist the joint from load.

Your physiotherapist will assist with joint pain. For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact us at office@benoni-physio.co.za or call us at Northmead clinic: 011 849 3721 or Farrarmere clinic: 011 425 9138.

Sports injuries

Sportsmen are regular clients at Solomon and Long, it is the same as vehicles going to get serviced before a long trip. Our physiotherapists have the interest and knowledge towards injuries sustained from sport.

The most common type of injuries happens with contact sports, to name a few, rugby knee injuries and ankle sprain injuries. A sprain results from the stretching and tearing of small ligaments, a strain can occur to muscles and tendons. The injuries occurring to these connective tissues occur when the limb is forced into an unnatural position.

Sports injuries also occur without contact, to name a few Achilles tendon tears. With this kind of tear, the sportsman reports a sudden shooting pain as if he was struck hard on his Achilles during a fast movement. The tendon is strained by the quick motion it had to perform.

Reoccurrences of sprains and strains can cause instability; physiotherapy can help to prevent recurrences of these kinds of injuries by giving exercises to improve your strength and balance.

It's highly advisable to see a physiotherapist if you have sustained any sports injuries in order to prevent recurrence s and further injury.

For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact us at office@benoni-physio.co.za or call us at Northmead clinic: 011 849 3721 or Farrarmere clinic: 011 425 9138.

Tendinopathies

Tendons are a continuation of a muscle as it attaches on a bone, muscles move the bone and thus the limb. With repetitive movement, inflammation can occur on the tendon and is termed tendinitis. Inflammation is rarely the cause of tendon pain but with repetitive overuse result into tears in the tissue in and around the tendon, it is then termed a tendinosis. A tendinopathy is a term used to describe both inflammatory and micro tearing of tendons from overuse. The gradual wear and tear of the tendon leads to weakness over time and if the repetitive movement is repeated over and over again, it causes pain with that movement.

This repetitive injury can be prevented by a physiotherapist who will assess the contributing cause as well as the problem. Most overuse injuries are due to stiffness or weakness in other parts of the body. By correcting those biomechanics with physiotherapy techniques, can lead to quick recovery and prevent reoccurrence.

One repetitive movement that everyone does every day is walking. The whole body is responsible for a normal pattern of walking. Knees and ankles carry most of the weight of the body when walking up or down stairs. Running and exercise can cause strain on the knees and ankles as well. Some muscles can be tight and some weak thus causing to the incorrect biomechanics leading to pain.

Shoulder pain from a tendinitis can limit overhead movements and positions, this pain can be due to a rotator cuff muscle impingement. Rotator cuff impingement is a common shoulder problem in most overhead sports; it is caused by an imbalance in the muscles controlling the movement. The rotator cuff muscles are a group of muscles namely supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor, they are found on the scapula (shoulder blade) and attach on the greater tubercle of the humerus. This is where the muscles gets impinged with overhead positions when the joint space is decreased by an osteophyte (bony outgrowth) or from muscles imbalances acting on the scapula. This impingement causes the tendon to get inflamed then after repetitive movements causes a tendinosis where the muscles sustains micro tears.

Therefore finding the contributing cause is essential in dealing with the problem. Your physiotherapist can assess and correct the poor mechanics by giving the accurate exercises for the condition.

For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact us at office@benoni-physio.co.za or call us at Northmead clinic: 011 849 3721 or Farrarmere clinic: 011 425 9138.

Neurological conditions (stroke, cerebral palsy, head injuries)

Neurological conditions seen in the hospitals and the rooms vary, they include:

  • Head injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

We have a rehabilitation gym with the adequate equipment for neurological conditions seen. Most neurological conditions seen are treated using stimulation and facilitation techniques to improve function. We also provide house calls for the clients who are not able to reach our rooms due to their condition.

For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact us at office@benoni-physio.co.za or call us at Northmead clinic: 011 849 3721 or Farrarmere clinic: 011 425 9138.

Open Saturdays

We are now open Saturdays 8:00 - 12:00

*For Saturday appointments and after hours, clients must contact Marlene on +27 76 635 7771

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For more information or to arrange an appointment please contact us:


Northmead clinic: 011 849 3721
        or 011 425 5031

Farrarmere clinic: 011 425 9138

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