oa South African Family Practice - Unveiling the physical therapies : forum

Volume 51, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 2078-6190
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6204



Either through referral by a medical practitioner or self-referral many patients with musculoskeletal problems receive some form of physical therapy. There are several highly trained professional groups who deliver this treatment. Due to lack of regulation, however, there are also many untrained and unregistered therapists delivering treatments for musculoskeletal conditions. For a number of reasons firm evidence-based protocols on physical therapy management are limited. This combined with the aforementioned means that practice can vary markedly. It is thus important for general practitioners to be able to make some assessment of physical therapy quality. This paper aims to unveil some of the practices of physical therapists, discuss issues related to treatment and make suggestions on what constitutes quality physical therapy.

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