The content of physiotherapy treatment of stroke patients at Community Health Centres in the Western Cape, South Africa

  • Anthea Rhoda
  • Ratie Mpofu
  • Willy De Weerdt

Abstract

Introduction
Physiotherapy plays an important role in the rehabilitation of stroke patients. The aim of this study was to determine the content of physiotherapy of stroke patients receiving physiotherapy at Community Health Centres in the Western Cape, South Africa.


Methodology
The content of physiotherapy was determined using video recordings. The study sample consisted of a conveniently selected sample of 13 stroke patients. A reliable scoring list was used to define the content of physiotherapy.Descriptive and inferential statistics were computed using SPSS version 16.


Results
The most frequently occurring categories were relearning selective movements, mobilisations and standing and standing balance. The activities of sensory and visual perceptual training and cognition, domestic activities of daily living, leisure and work related activities and
miscellaneous techniques were not included in the physiotherapy
treatments.

Conclusion
The content of physiotherapy consisted mainly of activities to improve movement patterns and not functional activities such as walking and dressing.

 

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