Return to work, return to health.
In our clinical division we strive for excellence in giving our patients personalized care focusing on their specific injury and needs. We are dedicated in going the extra mile for each patient to ensure maximal functional recovery after an injury.

“Our upper limb rehabilitation unit boasts of 20 years’ experience and success in this field.”
– Annine van der Merwe, Occupational Therapist

Upper limb rehabilitation

With a highly qualified team of therapists, with cum-laude in post-graduation hand therapy diplomas, we treat upper limb conditions of orthopaedic or neurological nature with diligence and personalized care. Our upper limb rehabilitation unit boasts of 20 years’ experience and success in this field.

We acknowledge the effect of an upper limb injury on daily activities, work and emotional well-being and therefore work in a multi-disciplinary team (including psychologists, physiotherapists and surgeons) to collaborate to ensure all aspects of recovery are addressed where needed.

We make use of methods and tools which are based on the latest research and apply them to each patient as the need arise.

Our services include the following:

  • Wound care
  • Standardized and clinical assessment methods
  • Splinting
  • Pressure garments
  • Mobilization
  • Functional assistive devices
  • Scar management
  • Mirror therapy
  • Education on the injury
  • Oedema management
  • Strengthening and work conditioning
  • Dexterity training
  • Sensory re-education

Work conditioning and preparation on RTW

Early intervention and early return to work are known to benefit both patient and employer. We represent as mediator between employee and employer to achieve the most effective return to work. This is done by a tailored work conditioning programme to prepare an injured or previously ill employee to meet the demands set at work. By ensuring that this patient is able to meet the requirements of his job further injury, absenteeism and decrease in productivity is prevented.

Through this process of return to work facilitation and preparation we make use of the Workwell Functional Capacity Evaluation protocol for objective measures as well as injury-specific exercises and activities to strengthen and refine the patient’s abilities.

Pressure garments

Pressure garments are effective treatment method for burns, scars and oedema management. We have highly skilled and meticulous therapists trained in tailoring the pressure garment for each body area specifically for each patient’s size, injury and needs.

Acute neurological rehabilitation

The most effective neurological rehabilitation occurs with the collaboration of a multi-disciplinary team. At Netcare Pretoria East Hospital we take pride in being part of a multi-disciplinary team of neurologists, physiotherapists and psychologists when treating any acute neurological condition. Due to effective teamwork a common goal and early intervention can be implemented to ensure speedy recovery for our patients.