Physiotherapy management strategies for woman post-ceasarean section delivery in public hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

South Africa has seen a steady increase in the rate of caesarean section deliveries, and while physiotherapists are often requested to treat these patients, there are no guidelines on their physiotherapeutic management. Current treatment is therefore based on clinical presentations of the patient. T...

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Main Authors: P. Reddy, J. Frantz
Format: Article
Language:English
Published: AOSIS 2013-11-01
Series:South African Journal of Physiotherapy
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Online Access:https://sajp.co.za/index.php/sajp/article/view/365
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spelling doaj-b65550950ede4d9ab0b83f0209218abe2020-11-24T23:41:31ZengAOSISSouth African Journal of Physiotherapy0379-61752410-82192013-11-0169110.4102/sajp.v69i1.365280Physiotherapy management strategies for woman post-ceasarean section delivery in public hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaP. Reddy0J. Frantz1Faculty of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu NatalFaculty of Community and Health Sciences, University of the Western CapeSouth Africa has seen a steady increase in the rate of caesarean section deliveries, and while physiotherapists are often requested to treat these patients, there are no guidelines on their physiotherapeutic management. Current treatment is therefore based on clinical presentations of the patient. This paper reports on the physiotherapy management strategies for women post-caesarean section delivery used at four public hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal during 2011-2012. The study used a quantitative, cross-sectional, descriptive design. The sample consisted of 31 physiotherapists who completed an anonymous self-administered questionnaire, of whom eight had not treated post-caesarean section delivery women at all in the one year period. The results showed mobilization (100%), breathing exercises (94%) and education (94%) were common choices, with 68% selecting pelvic floor exercises as part of their management strategy. The study concluded that the current physiotherapy management strategy for women post-caesarean section delivery is based mainly on the doctors’ referral. Due to their limited knowledge about physiotherapy treatment, doctors overlook other complication(s) and potential complication(s) that could benefit from treatment post-delivery. The study showed that there is a need to improve the role and influence of physiotherapists in the multidisciplinary team.https://sajp.co.za/index.php/sajp/article/view/365Physiotherapy managementPhysiotherapy treatment, Caesarean section deliverySouth AfricanKwaZulu-Natal
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author P. Reddy
J. Frantz
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J. Frantz
Physiotherapy management strategies for woman post-ceasarean section delivery in public hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
South African Journal of Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy management
Physiotherapy treatment, Caesarean section delivery
South African
KwaZulu-Natal
author_facet P. Reddy
J. Frantz
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title Physiotherapy management strategies for woman post-ceasarean section delivery in public hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
title_short Physiotherapy management strategies for woman post-ceasarean section delivery in public hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
title_full Physiotherapy management strategies for woman post-ceasarean section delivery in public hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
title_fullStr Physiotherapy management strategies for woman post-ceasarean section delivery in public hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
title_full_unstemmed Physiotherapy management strategies for woman post-ceasarean section delivery in public hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
title_sort physiotherapy management strategies for woman post-ceasarean section delivery in public hospitals in kwazulu-natal, south africa
publisher AOSIS
series South African Journal of Physiotherapy
issn 0379-6175
2410-8219
publishDate 2013-11-01
description South Africa has seen a steady increase in the rate of caesarean section deliveries, and while physiotherapists are often requested to treat these patients, there are no guidelines on their physiotherapeutic management. Current treatment is therefore based on clinical presentations of the patient. This paper reports on the physiotherapy management strategies for women post-caesarean section delivery used at four public hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal during 2011-2012. The study used a quantitative, cross-sectional, descriptive design. The sample consisted of 31 physiotherapists who completed an anonymous self-administered questionnaire, of whom eight had not treated post-caesarean section delivery women at all in the one year period. The results showed mobilization (100%), breathing exercises (94%) and education (94%) were common choices, with 68% selecting pelvic floor exercises as part of their management strategy. The study concluded that the current physiotherapy management strategy for women post-caesarean section delivery is based mainly on the doctors’ referral. Due to their limited knowledge about physiotherapy treatment, doctors overlook other complication(s) and potential complication(s) that could benefit from treatment post-delivery. The study showed that there is a need to improve the role and influence of physiotherapists in the multidisciplinary team.
topic Physiotherapy management
Physiotherapy treatment, Caesarean section delivery
South African
KwaZulu-Natal
url https://sajp.co.za/index.php/sajp/article/view/365
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