FAQs

1. What is the difference between a Biokineticist and a Physiotherapist?

The main difference between a Biokineticist and a Physiotherapist is the phases of an injury that you would see the practitioner. You would see a Physio in the first phase of treatment where he/she will use more “hands on” therapy to modulate and treat pain, inflammation and other acute and chronic conditions. Once you have regained your range of motion, you would then visit a Biokineticist. Biokinetics uses exercise and movement as a treatment modality to not only strengthen and improve function but to also correct the cause of the problem/injury.

2. How many sessions will I need with my Biokineticist?

This is dependent on your specific condition and will vary accordingly. We start with an initial assessment which includes a comprehensive history taking and scientific assessment/evaluation of your medical condition and the treatment that follows will depend on the findings of this assessment. In most cases, bi-weekly sessions are required over a 6-12 week period but with many chronic cases, treatment will be required over an extended period for management/maintenance of the condition.

3. Will my medical aid cover the cost of the sessions?

Biokineticists are recognised health professionals (HPCSA) and their services ARE covered by medical aid, but it depends on the plan that you have. In most cases Biokinetics is covered from your savings benefit and/or your allied health/auxillary benefit. Biokinetics is not covered on hospital plans e.g. Discovery Keycare, Medihelp Necesse.

4. Will I need to pay cash and then claim from my medical aid? Or are we able to claim on your behalf?

We are able to claim the cost of the assessments and treatment sessions on your behalf provided you have funds available. If medical aid does not pay the account e.g. due to insufficient funds, then you will need to settle the account with us and then claim from medical aid.

5. What medical conditions do Biokineticists treat?

- Orthopaedic Conditions: Back, Neck, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hip, Knee and Ankle
- Chronic disease conditions: Diabetes, Cardiorespiratory Disease, Osteo and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis and Pregnancy (Pre-and postnatal)
- Health promotion for the general population: Weight loss, General fitness, Muscle strengthening, Core stability training, Balance and Co-ordination
- Exercise testing for Athletes: Sport specific testing and Exercise prescription focusing on Endurance, Speed, Flexibility, Agility, Power, Strength and Reaction times
- Corporate Wellness : Health and Wellness Days, Fitness testing, Programme prescription, Ergonomic evaluation and education, Chronic Risk evaluation and prevention

6. Do I need to be referred by my doctor/specialist to see the Biokineticist?

No. Although many of our clients are referred by their doctors, you need not see a doctor before you see a biokineticist.

7. I work a full day and cannot make it for an appointment during working hours. Can I make an appointment on the weekend or after hours?

Yes. Our working hours are as follows :
Monday - Thursday : 9 - 6:30pm
Friday : 9 - 4pm
Saturday : 8 - 11am

8. How long will my appointment be?

This depends on the type of appointment :
Initial consultation and Assessment : 60min
Rehabiliation session or Follow Up : 30 - 45min
Fitness Assessment : 30 - 45min