Rehabilitation Department

Mission Statement
The Parirenyatwa Rehabilitation department seeks to provide quality assessment, treatment and follow ups of a professional and efficient mature manner to all clients of different conditions for all age groups to facilitate and improve function and maximum independence despite the condition or disability.

Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy
Rehabilitation is the process of restoring an individual's function to normal or near-normal levels following a disabling injury or debilitating injury or illness. It's main focus is on improvement on an individual's quality of life, through minimizing or alleviating pain as well as facilitating restoration of independence (maximum possible) in the performance of day to day takes (activities of daily living). Rehabilitation also aims to restore an individual's dignity and sense of self worth. It is not an isolated process but it is made possible through a coordinated multi-disciplinary approach.



Rehabilitation at Parirenyatwa
• Comprises and encompasses Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Audiology. Specialities / Units.
• The rehabilitation team comprises of respective therapists and who work in conjunction with rehabilitation technicians. (Except in Audiology).

Physiotherapists Treat The Following Conditions:
• People with joint pain and stiffness e.g. arthritis, back pain, neck pain and sprained joints.
• Muscular pain as sometimes occurs in sports injuries.
• Neurological disorders such as stroke, spinal cord injuries, cranial and peripheral nerve injuries, facial nerve palsy.
• Birth / congenital defects that affect movement or cause delayed development e.g. Down's syndrome, cerebral palsy, congenital Hip dislocation, club foot.
• Before and after surgical operations like laparotomy, laminectomy.
• Orthopaedic conditions like bone fractures, joint replacements.
• Heart problems.
• Chest problems e.g. asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, TB.
• Intensive Care Unit patients who need chest physiotherapy.
• Burns and chronic wounds.
• Stress incontinence.

Physiotherapy in Detail
Physiotherapy is the scientific use of various modalities and techniques such as exercise and massage etc, to help restore movement and function when someone is affected by injury, illness or by developmental and other disability. NB: The success of treatment and good prognosis of patients referred for physiotherapy greatly relies on early referral and adherence to prescribed therapy.

How Are Patients Treated
• By the use of manual techniques e.g. Massage, mobilizations.
• Use of heat and cold for pain relief, relaxation and reduction of swelling.
• Exercise prescription.
• Use of electrotherapy and hydrotherapy.
• Referral to other departments and specialist services.

Spectrum of Physiotherapy at Parirenyatwa
These are patients within the hospital wards with conditions requiring physiotherapy intervention e.g. ICU patients as well as those in medical and surgical wards.

Parirenyatwa Physiotherapy outpatient department comprise of the gym, Electrotherapy section, Hydrotherapy and Cardio-respiratory area.

Booking System
Patients are booked for treatment through the reception at the entrance desk. This can be over the telephone or in person. All people intending to book are required to bring their referral notes.

Weekly Outpatient Clinics
Patients are booked based on their conditions or diagnosis to be seen during the week as follows:
** Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Patients with orthopaedic and cardio-resipiratory conditions
**Tuesdays-Cerebral palsy and clubfoot clinics.
**Thursdays- Stroke and adult neurological conditions clinic

Activities and Equipment in the Gym
Rehabilitation personnel in the gym attend to patients who come for rehabilitation after being discharged from the hospital and those from the Parirenyatwa referral zone, referred by doctors, clinics and other health centers.
The gym has an array of equipment and tools from use, which include:
1. Exercise bicycles
2. Treadmill
3. Suspension apparatus (for strengthening muscles)
4. Walking aids and structures used in gait re-education and posture correction such as parallel bars, Zimmer frames, crutches, quad iPods etc.
5. Exercise equipment e.g. dump-bells, exercise balls.

Electrotherapy Section
Electrotherapy is the use of various electrical modalities to treat patients with various conditions such as back ache, arthritis, peripheral nerve disorders etc.
** The electrotherapy section at Parirenyatwa boasts of a range of high quality, state of the art equipment such as Interferential Therapy machine, Shortwave Diathermy, Traction beds, Ultrasound therapy machine – among other equipment.

Cardiorespiratory Section
This is an area equipped for the treatment of patients with some cardiac and respiratory problems that benefit from physiotherapy intervention such as asthma, bronchiectasis, bronchitis and pneumonia. It is equipped with Nebulizing apparatus and beds for postural drainage.
**Unique to Parirenyatwa is a Vitalograph which is used to perform lung function tests and incentive spiromentry for patients with impaired lung functions.

Hydrotherapy Pool
Parirenyatwa is currently the only government hospital with a hydrotherapy pool, which has been recently refurbished to be used by patients. It is useful for treatment of many conditions including stroke, arthritis, neuropathies and other conditions.

Contact Details
For more Information and enquiries on physiotherapy other services, the public should feel free to contact the Department on:

04 701555 | Ext 2158.

They can also come to the department in person.