Andoret Van Wyk

Physiotherapist

I, Andoret van Wyk has qualified as a Physiotherapist at the University of Pretoria in 2002. I registered as a private practice Physiotherapy practitioner in 2005. I obtained a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Pretoria in 2013. The research project was titled ‘The effect of visual scanning exercises integrated into task-specific activities on the functional ability in patients with visual perceptual disorders post stroke’. An article that demonstrated the results of the study was published in the Journal of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair (Impact factor 4.711) in 2014. I am currently in the process of completing a Doctorate degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Pretoria. The research project is titled ‘Physiotherapy for central vestibular dysfunction in post-stroke patients in the sub-acute phase’. An article that demonstrated the protocol of the study was published in Frontiers in Neurology (Impact factor 3.508) in 2016. To date I have presented my research at various international and national congresses. I have also acted as a reviewer for The Journal of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Assessment (ASM) and PLOS ONE.
Publications:
1. The Effect of Visual Scanning Exercises Integrated Into Physiotherapy in Patients With Unilateral Spatial Neglect Poststroke: A Matched-Pair Randomized Control Trial Andoret van Wyk, Carina A. Eksteen and Paul Rheeder Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2014 Nov-Dec;28(9):856-73. Doi: 10.1177/1545968314526306.

  1. Van Wyk A, Eksteen CA, Becker PJ and Heinze BM (2016). A Cross-sectional Survey and Cross-sectional Clinical Trial to Determine the Prevalence and Management of Eye Movement Disorders and Vestibular Dysfunction in Post-Stroke Patients in the Sub-Acute Phase: Protocol. Front. Neurol. 7:140. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2016.00140
    Awards and Achievements:
    Aug 2017: Best Oral Presentation: Clinical 2nd Runner-up – Faculty Day 2017, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, South Africa
    Feb 2017: National Research Foundation Innovation Doctoral Scholarship
    Feb 2016: National Research Foundation Innovation Doctoral Scholarship
    Nov 2015: Best Overall Publication: Clinical 1st Runner-up – Best Publications 2014, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria

I have experience in the management of the following conditions; (a) neurological (stroke; traumatic brain injury; Guillian Bare syndrome; multiple sclerosis; Parkinson’s disease); (b) orthopaedic; (c) amputations; (d) medical; (e) pulmonology; and (f) vestibular dysfunction (peripheral and central).