Meet our Physiotherapist
Sonia Smuts Physiotherapy is situated at Boksburg Medicross in the East Rand. We use a “hands on” approach and treat a variety of conditions. Our special interest includes sport injuries of any sort, orthopedic injuries, neck and back pain, non-sport related musculoskeletal injuries, joint aches, ligament/muscle strains or sprains. We also treat pre and post-operative chest conditions such as pneumonia, bronchitis, COPD and Asthma.
Sonia Smuts Graduated from the University of Pretoria and completed her Community Service year at Tambo Memorial Hospital. She acquired knowledge and experience in treating a variety of orthopedic musculoskeletal and respiratory conditions.
Sonia Smuts is a South African Shot Put Athlete and loves working with sports injuries, she acquired experience on and off the field. She enjoys an active lifestyle and stays up to date with the latest research.
We are registered with the South African Society of Physiotherapy, and the Health Professionals Council of South Africa.
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We offer a range of physiotherapy sessions to assist with any injury
- Neck and back pathology
- Sport specific and injury rehabilitation
- Soft tissue injury rehabilitation
- Neuromuscular conditions
- Discogenic disease
- Sciatica/lumbago and other nerve disorders
- Orthopaedic rehabilitation
- Strapping (Rigid, Kinesio, Dynamic taping)
- Dry needling
- Pre / Post surgical chest physio
- Sinusitis (acute/chronic)
- COPD, Asthma and other chronic lung conditions
We provide the best care for all our patients
- Respect – we respect all staff and patients
- Honesty and loyalty – being honest and loyal to staff and patients
- Integrity – the foundation of trust and authenticity
- Quality – evidence based, whole patient treatment
- Purpose – to care for our patients and attain optimal performance and function
- Family – to support one another and guide our patients to achieve their goals
- Leadership – to lead by example and promote personal growth
- Open-minded – including the patient in decision making
- Ethics – being ethical and professional
- Education – to educate our patients and provide advice
Muscular strength relates to your ability to move and lift objects. It’s measured by how much force you can exert and how much weight you can lift for a short period of time.
Physiotherapists use taping to help their patients for with particular conditions or injuries. Strapping is used to redirect forces in your body, to relieve pressure or take strain off the painful area. Each type of physio strapping has its own function and acts on the tissue in various ways.
When do I use Ice or Heat
Use Ice for acute injuries or pain, along with inflammation and swelling – ice reduces blood blow to a specific area and assists in reducing inflammation and swelling to reduce pain
Use heat for muscle pain and stiffness – increased temperature increases circulation and blood flow to a specific area, it improves muscle flexibility and can soothe discomfort
How long do I use and Heat for
Ice – ice pack wrapped in a towel, 15 minutes on 45 minutes off. Apply cold as soon as possible after an injury. Don’t apply directly to the skin.
Heat – heat pack wrapped in a towel with a few layers – 15-20 minutes (minor stiffness), 30min – 60 min (moderate to severe pain)
WHat are the different types of Ice therapy
- Ice packs or gel packs
- Ice massage
- Ice baths
- Coolant sprays
What are the different types of heat therapy
- Moist heat (convection heat) – steamed towels, hot bath, moist heating packs
- Dry heat (conducted heat) – heating pads, dry heat packs, saunas
What is the difference between tendinitis and tendinosis
Tendinitis – Acute condition – tendon exhibits an inflammatory response
Tendinosis – chronic condition – chronic tendon injury with degeneration on cellular level with no inflammation
What is the difference between a ligament and a tendon
- Ligament – closely packed collagen fibers and they provide passive joint stability, load is transferred in the direction of the ligament, ligament attaches bone to bone.
- Tendon – tightly packed parallel bundles of collagen fibers, tendon attaches the muscle to the bone
What is the grades of ligament injuries
- Grade 1 – stretched fibers, normal range of motion, no instability
- Grade 2 – partial tear of the fibers, some instability/laxity, definite end point
- Grade 3 – complete tear of the fibers, excessive joint laxity, no firm end point
What are the grades of muscle tears
- Grade 1 – small number of muscle fibers torn, localized pain, no loss of strength
- Grade 2 – significant number of muscle fibers torn, associated pain and swelling, reduced strength, limited movement
- Grade 3 – complete tear of the muscle
What is a muscle contusion
- A contusion is a direct blow to a muscle, it causes local muscle damage with bleeding. Most commonly known as a “dead leg” or a “cork thigh”. Heat, alcohol and vigorous massage increase bleeding.
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Contact us to book an appointment
Treatment fees depend on the treatment received and may vary according to the time spent with the patient and the different modalities used during the Physiotherapy session.
We charge medical aid rates and we submit claims directly to the medical aid. We also accept EFT or cash payments for patients who are not on medical aid.
PLEASE NOTE: The patient still remains fully liable for any treatment costs that are not covered by the medical aid once their medical savings plan or physiotherapy benefit has been depleted.
Our Mission and Vision
Creating an environment where all are welcome. Exceeding patients expectations in everything we do, embracing change, and putting our patients at the heart of every decision we make.
- We offer unique, hands on, whole patient care
- We value professional excellence and strive for successful patient outcome and will not willingly deny help where possible
- We value our integrity and the respect and esteem of the community in which we work
- We inspire our patients to live a healthy lifestyle
- We assist our patients by promoting, restoring and maintaining the physical well-being in the community
Monday – 06:00 – 18:30
Tuesday – 06:00 – 18:30
Wednesday – 06:00 – 18:30
Thursday – 06:00 – 18:30
Friday – 06:00 – 16:30
Saturday-Sunday – Closed
Emergency Contact Number: 076 398 5947
The load shedding won’t affect whether or not we can treat you because the power is in our HANDS!