St Lucia Sports & Spinal, 8 minutes away from Auchenflower

SPORTS & SPINAL

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St Lucia

Level 1, Building 21C UQU Complex Union Road St Lucia QLD 4067

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St Lucia Sports & Spinal is located at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, on the Ground Floor, Building 21C. Conveniently located near Taringa, Indooroopilly, Toowong, Chapel Hill, Kenmore, Springhill, Paddington, Auchenflower, Milton, Rosalie, Bardon and other surrounding suburbs.

St Lucia Sports & Spinal offers Physiotherapy, Exercise Physiology, Dietetics and much more! 

The St Lucia Sports & Spinal team uses the latest evidence-based treatments to treat various conditions, including shoulder, neck and back pain, sporting injuries, lower limb conditions, women’s health, headaches, work cover incidents, pre-and post-surgical, motor vehicle accidents and more.

Our team will provide you with a comprehensive assessment and treatment from start to finish. Our clinicians will work with YOU to facilitate your complete recovery.

St Lucia Sports & Spinal is NDIS registered and accepts Medicare rebates and HICAPS health fund claims. EFTPOS and credit card facilities are also available for payment. 

Whether you are looking to recover from an injury or recent surgery or are suffering from general aches and pains, our multi-disciplinary team will help you to get back to doing what you love most!

services & FACILITIES

  • On-Site Parking (5 spaces)
  • Street Parking
  • Gym & Pilates Equipment
  • NDIS Registered
  • Medicare Rebates
  • HICAPS Health Fund Claims

OUR TEAM

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Patrick McGaw

Remedial Massage Therapist

Pat Graduated from Q Academy Brisbane with a Diploma of Remedial Massage in September 2017. Pat has since expanded his clinical knowledge by continuing his professional education after completing his Diploma. A highlight of Pat’s carer was being a member of the medical team at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. Pat has worked alongside Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, and Myotherapist.

Pat uses various Remedial techniques in his treatments, including Cupping, Dry Needling, Trigger Point Release, Muscle Energy Techniques, Myofascial Release, Rock blades Massage Tools, Deep Tissue Work, and Relaxation Massages.

Pat likes to road cycle and loves going to the Gym. Pat also loves getting away for long weekends with his two dogs and camper trailer. In his downtime, you can catch him volunteering his time as a Motorsport Fire and Rescue office. Pat has also volunteered at various events in Bathurst, Gold Coast, Townsville, Newcastle, Australian and Singaporean Formula 1 GP and many local grassroots events in Ipswich and Warwick.

Pat is available for Remedial massage appointments at our Beenleigh and St Lucia clinics.

Zac Knight

Shoulders, Knees & Ankle Physiotherapist

Originally hailing from Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt, Zac moved to Brisbane to study, where he graduated from UQ with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours). Zac is a highly passionate sportsperson with a deep interest in all sports-related injuries, more specifically shoulders, knees, and ankles. This interest is on the background of a lifetime exposure to sports with Rugby and Touch being his personal favorites. Zac places a large emphasis on exercise first focused rehabilitation.

Zac is an advocate for maintaining physically active throughout injury and rehabilitation to keep people functioning at their best through adversity and injury. Outside of Physiotherapy Zac enjoys spending time with friends and exploring new parts of Brisbane

Zac is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our St Lucia clinic.

Nigel Smith

Hamstring & Lower Limb Physiotherapist

Nigel has an educational background in both Exercise and Sports Science and Physiotherapy. Furthermore, he is an accredited APA Sports & Exercise Physiotherapist and has worked within sports medicine clinics or elite sport since 2005. He has been involved with professional Cricket, Soccer and Rugby Union teams and is currently the Head Physiotherapist for The University of Queensland Rugby Football Club.

Nigel is finalising his studies for his PhD thesis investigating hamstring injuries in AFL players and has published some of this research.

Nigel is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our St Lucia clinic.

Paul Fien

Lower Back and Pelvis Physiotherapist

Principal physiotherapist and practice owner Paul Fien has extensive experience in sports and musculoskeletal practice. Paul’s many years of practical experience have exposed him to a broad range of acute and long-term injuries – with Paul particularly enjoying the challenge of complex chronic injury recovery and management.

Paul has lead physiotherapy services for St George Rugby League and the University of Queensland Red Heavies Rugby Union – while also enjoying some ‘guest appearances’ for the Brisbane Lions. Outside of the various football codes, Paul previously coordinated physiotherapy services for the Tri-Alliance triathlon squad and has treated many national and international level athletes in track and field and cycling. A little know fact about Paul is that somewhere in his past, he even enjoyed a stint as a physiotherapist for the Holden Racing Team at Bathurst!

Paul is available for Physiotherapy appointments at our St Lucia clinic.

Elise Wild-Smith

Exercise Physiologist

Elise graduated with a Bachelor of Clinical Exercise Physiology at the Queensland University of Technology and has additional training in exercise oncology and Pilates. Elise also has experience working in paediatrics, focussing on neurological conditions. While Elise enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions, she has a keen interest in musculoskeletal rehabilitation.

Elise is very passionate about the positive impact of physical activity on health and well-being and understand that this will look different for everyone. Elise endeavours to facilitate holistic, individualised, and achievable interventions for the best possible patient outcomes.

Outside of her role as an Exercise Physiologist, Elise enjoys leading an active and balanced lifestyle, going to the beach and finding the best gluten-free eats.

Elise is available for Exercise Physiology appointments at our Chermside & St Lucia clinics.

Peter Herzig

Gut Health, Sports Nutrition & Chronic Disease Dietitian

Peter is available for telehealth appointments only

Peter is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and Sports Dietitian (AccSD) who is passionate about a client-centred approach to nutrition; tailoring advice and plans to the individual.

With a background in sport science and an extensive history of cycling, Peter enjoys fine-tuning the nutrition plans of all cyclists and is currently the consulting Dietitian to the QAS cycling squad. Peter is also very passionate about the nutritional needs of recreational, junior, club, Audax and Gran Fondo participants.

Peter’s interests lie not only in sport. He enjoys helping people from all walks of life to meet their nutritional goals by tailoring advice to their individual circumstances.

Particular interests to Peter include:

  • Nutrition plans tailored to the individual
  • Sports Nutrition: endurance sports specialist (cycling, running, tri), event nutrition, active child nutrition, recovery nutrition, fat loss, muscle gain, team sports.
  • Malnutrition management (weight gain)
  • Diabetes management
  • DVA clients
  • Correcting nutritional deficiencies
  • Balancing body composition goals and training recovery
  • Chronic Disease management and NDIS
  • Sustainable weight loss
  • Junior sports nutrition and everyday eating
  • Race planning
  • Advice for the travelling athlete
  • Presentations and Training Camps
  • Coeliac Disease
  • IBS

Pete is available for Dietitian appointments at our St Lucia clinic.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day 💜

IBD includes Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis which are two serious, chronic digestive diseases that affect five million people worldwide! 

There is no cure, no known cause, and little public understanding of the pain and chronic suffering with which IBD patients courageously cope every day of their lives. 

The Sports & Spinal Dietitian team can help with the management of common IBD symptoms. To learn, get in touch with our team today!

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Day 💜

IBD includes Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis which are two serious, chronic digestive diseases that affect five million people worldwide!

There is no cure, no known cause, and little public understanding of the pain and chronic suffering with which IBD patients courageously cope every day of their lives.

The Sports & Spinal Dietitian team can help with the management of common IBD symptoms. To learn, get in touch with our team today!
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Across our 22 sites, we have VALD Technology! 

VALD brings cutting edge technology that presents objective human measurement to patients. Via ForceDecks and Dynamo Plus, our teams can assist with common injuries such as:

✅ Neurological patients
✅ Post surgical recovery
✅ Pre surgical data collection for optimal recovery goal setting 
✅ Aging population with a falls risk
✅ Tendinopathies
✅ Lumbar pain
✅ Balance issues
✅ Shoulder instability
✅ MSK pain and pathologies
✅ Bone stress injuries
✅ Biomechanical assessment and prevention - running assessment data
✅ Sports injuries and return to sport assessment 
+ MORE!

To learn more, get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal Team today!

Across our 22 sites, we have VALD Technology!

VALD brings cutting edge technology that presents objective human measurement to patients. Via ForceDecks and Dynamo Plus, our teams can assist with common injuries such as:

✅ Neurological patients
✅ Post surgical recovery
✅ Pre surgical data collection for optimal recovery goal setting
✅ Aging population with a falls risk
✅ Tendinopathies
✅ Lumbar pain
✅ Balance issues
✅ Shoulder instability
✅ MSK pain and pathologies
✅ Bone stress injuries
✅ Biomechanical assessment and prevention - running assessment data
✅ Sports injuries and return to sport assessment
+ MORE!

To learn more, get in touch with your local Sports & Spinal Team today!
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Did you know that the Sports & Spinal team can help you with your heart health? 

Our Exercise Physiology team can prescribe tailored exercise programs that suit your health goals and needs. And our Dietitian team can create personalised meal plans and educate you on heart healthy foods. 

Needing help with your heart health? Get in touch with the Sports & Spinal team today!

Did you know that the Sports & Spinal team can help you with your heart health?

Our Exercise Physiology team can prescribe tailored exercise programs that suit your health goals and needs. And our Dietitian team can create personalised meal plans and educate you on heart healthy foods.

Needing help with your heart health? Get in touch with the Sports & Spinal team today!
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Heart Week ❤️

All this week we focus on our heart health! It’s the perfect opportunity to start a conversation about your own heart health and take positive steps towards reducing your risk of heart disease. 

To learn more - head to our bio!

Heart Week ❤️

All this week we focus on our heart health! It’s the perfect opportunity to start a conversation about your own heart health and take positive steps towards reducing your risk of heart disease.

To learn more - head to our bio!
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Say hello to VALD DynaMo Plus🙋‍♀️

By using VALD's DynaMo Plus our teams are able to access patients’ strength and range of motion via hundreds of tests across every major joint in the body. 

DynaMo Plus combines tension and compression force measurement, dedicated grip measurement and inertial measurement into one system.

Having VALD technology across our sites enables our teams to make more specific assessments ➡️ more specific treatment plans ➡️ better patient outcomes!

Say hello to VALD DynaMo Plus🙋‍♀️

By using VALD`s DynaMo Plus our teams are able to access patients’ strength and range of motion via hundreds of tests across every major joint in the body.

DynaMo Plus combines tension and compression force measurement, dedicated grip measurement and inertial measurement into one system.

Having VALD technology across our sites enables our teams to make more specific assessments ➡️ more specific treatment plans ➡️ better patient outcomes!
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ForceDecks have arrived at Sports & Spinal! ⚙️

ForceDecks automatically detects and assesses over 20 different movements, from squats to jumps and from isometric strength to functional tests such as sit-to-stand and balance assessments. There’s a test for almost any patient or musculoskeletal pathology.

These decks help to detect left to right differences as well as centre of mass during balance which helps our Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology teams make more accurate and data informed decisions regarding your treatment and recovery. 

We are thrilled to have partnered with VALD to be able to provided this level of technology across our 22 clinic locations!

ForceDecks have arrived at Sports & Spinal! ⚙️

ForceDecks automatically detects and assesses over 20 different movements, from squats to jumps and from isometric strength to functional tests such as sit-to-stand and balance assessments. There’s a test for almost any patient or musculoskeletal pathology.

These decks help to detect left to right differences as well as centre of mass during balance which helps our Physiotherapy and Exercise Physiology teams make more accurate and data informed decisions regarding your treatment and recovery.

We are thrilled to have partnered with VALD to be able to provided this level of technology across our 22 clinic locations!
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Are you suffering from neck pain and headaches? 😣
It could be your posture! Did you know that neck pain affects approximately 10% of the population at any given time? 🤯These exercises can help relieve pain through strengthening 💚

Book in to see one of our physios today to fix your neck pain and headaches!

Are you suffering from neck pain and headaches? 😣
It could be your posture! Did you know that neck pain affects approximately 10% of the population at any given time? 🤯These exercises can help relieve pain through strengthening 💚

Book in to see one of our physios today to fix your neck pain and headaches!
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Sports & Spinal has proudly partnered with VALD Technology to bring cutting edge technology to your local SSP clinic. 

We'll have ForceDecks and Dynmao integrated across our 22 clinics. This technology provides a highly engaging experience for our patients within their own assessments, being able to view in real time biofeedback and easy to understand results.

We are thrilled to be working with VALD and utilising it's amazing tech across our Sports & Spinal clinics!

Sports & Spinal has proudly partnered with VALD Technology to bring cutting edge technology to your local SSP clinic.

We`ll have ForceDecks and Dynmao integrated across our 22 clinics. This technology provides a highly engaging experience for our patients within their own assessments, being able to view in real time biofeedback and easy to understand results.

We are thrilled to be working with VALD and utilising it`s amazing tech across our Sports & Spinal clinics!
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Parking and Directions at St Lucia Sports & Spinal:

1. Enter UQ from the Sir Fred Schonell Drive entrance. Continue along the road and drive straight through the roundabout (an athletics field will be on your left).

2. Turn left into Blair Drive, then turn right into the 2nd street on the right – Union Rd.

3. Proceed along Union Rd and turn left at the top of the road  – at the “Geoffrey Rush Drama Studio” sign

4. Follow the road as it veers right. Our sign-posted car parking area will be on your right. The entrance to St Lucia Sports & Spinal is approx. 20 metres away, to your right.

Free Parking

  • There are 5 bays on either side of the parking area to choose from.

  • Please tell reception on arrival your car rego

  • On Saturdays, free parking is available everywhere on campus.

Public Transport

The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus has a very convenient public transport system, with frequent service available via both bus and City Cat.

City Cat

  • Take a City-Cat to the University of Queensland stop.
  • Exit the terminal and walk straight ahead, Walk out of the end of the terminal (heading west) along the path with the lake on your left.
  • Take the right-hand path when it splits, up the elevated walkway to the UQU Building. St Lucia Sports & Spinal is in front of you to the right, next to the Bike Shop

Bus

  • There are two bus stops at UQ, St Lucia campus.

  • The first stop is located at Chancellor’s Place near the J.D. Story building. There is a map of the campus located near this bus stop. Please refer to this map to locate the Union Complex building (look for the swimming pool image and Union Road).

  • The other bus station is located at UQ Lakes (photo at right). Buses travel across the ‘Green Bridge’ to access this terminal. Walk out of the end of the terminal (heading west) along the path with the lake on your left. Take the right hand path when it splits, up the hill to a carpark. BSSP is in front of you on your right as you cross the carpark.

  • For timetables and further information, try the TransLink Website or call TransLink on 13 12 30.