St Lucia Sports & Spinal, 14 minutes away from Bardon

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF US

Sports and Spinal St Lucia is an excellent physio therapy practice. In particular, physio Tom Williams is exceptional at his job in helping clients reduce pain, correct movement patterns and return to/exceed their physical capacity. You truly feel a great sense of care under his service.I regularly recommend Tom to my network as a strength & conditioning coach, and if you’re looking for someone to really understand your issues and provide an achievable management plan, Tom is your guy
Just wanted to express my thanks and appreciation for the improvement made to my back pain.Having ongoing back pain for a number of years. I have been reluctant to seek assistance in the past. However as the situation became more severe to the point where I was unable to function, upon recommendation I received treatment from Nigel.The difference was incredible and immediate.To the point where I have chosen to continue seeing the clinic and Nigel even after the worst of the issues had been resolved. I would have to say that I am feeling stronger and more flexible than I have in a very long time despite being regularly fit and active.Thank you to the staff at St Lucia Sports and Spinal especially Nigel and Tanya for their professional, passionate and friendly service.
Great practitioners and a very friendly welcoming practice. I have had great physiotherapy and massage experiences at this practice and would thoroughly recommend them!
I have been seeing Paul on and off for a for years now, originally for a running injury and now post natal niggles, and couldn’t recommend him and his team enough! We refer all our friends and family and they have never left disappointed or without a good result.Paul is genuine with his advice, knowledgeable and experienced in his practise, and generous with his time! His long term clients are a testament to his skill set.The clinic is friendly, accommodating and all staff members are extremely approachable!
We were visiting from interstate and needed a sports physio. The team were amazing accomodating us at short notice and the service and advice was first class. Would highly recommend Sports and Spinal at UQ any time.
I’ve been going to Paul Fien and his team at St Lucia Sports and Spinal for over 20 years. Whether it be lower back issues, hips or any sports activity mobility issues, this practice will get you moving freely again.
Cannot recommend Nigel more. He is so understanding and kind. Helped me with my acute stress and neck pain. I appreciate him immensely.
The whole experience here was 5-star! All the staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, I received a massage from Destiny for shoulder/neck pain and knee tendonitis and she was extremely helpful in both areas, always checking if the pressure was okay with very targetted massage techniques, she was also willing to give advice on the best recovery methods, I feel significantly better now! I've had remedial massages my entire life and this has easily yielded the best results, I will be returning for any problem areas and general maintenance!!! HIGHLY recommend!
After struggling with headaches and lower back pain, I started seeing Massage Therapist, Destiny Fountain at the St Lucia clinic. She has been brilliant in being able to pinpoint the source of the pain, providing effective treatment, and exercises to help alleviate future issues.I can't recommend her treatment highly enough.
Nigel has been very helpful with me overcoming a condition that plagued me for years!
Professional, friendly and results driven. I would and have highly recommended this Physio clinc
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POST KNEE OP - Some simple tips from our team!

Here’s 5 ways how physiotherapy can help you post knee Op 🦵🏻

1. Compression: improve blood circulation, improve pain and reduce swelling. 

2. Assess Range of Motion: Restore normal joint movement. 

3. Prescribe Strengthening Exercises: help you regain strength through your lower limbs! 

4. Manual Therapy: improve blood circulation, reduce pain and reduce swelling. 

5. Gait Retraining: regain normal gait pattern. 

If you are post knee op and think physiotherapy would benefit you then get in touch with our team today! 

#sportsandspinal #sportsandspinalphysio #physiotherapy #physio #health #exercise #exercisephysiology #alliedhealthprofessionals #alliedhealth #kneepain #rehab #manueltherapy

POST KNEE OP - Some simple tips from our team!

Here’s 5 ways how physiotherapy can help you post knee Op 🦵🏻

1. Compression: improve blood circulation, improve pain and reduce swelling.

2. Assess Range of Motion: Restore normal joint movement.

3. Prescribe Strengthening Exercises: help you regain strength through your lower limbs!

4. Manual Therapy: improve blood circulation, reduce pain and reduce swelling.

5. Gait Retraining: regain normal gait pattern.

If you are post knee op and think physiotherapy would benefit you then get in touch with our team today!

#sportsandspinal #sportsandspinalphysio #physiotherapy #physio #health #exercise #exercisephysiology #alliedhealthprofessionals #alliedhealth #kneepain #rehab #manueltherapy
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March marks ‘March Into Yellow’ which a campaign aimed at raising awareness about endometriosis and it’s prevalence in Australian women 💛

Endometriosis affects women differently, but it is commonly known to cause severe, life-impacting pain during periods, sexual intercourse, bowel movements and/or urination, chronic pelvic pain, abdominal bloating, nausea, fatigue, and sometimes depression, anxiety, and infertility. 

Roughly, 1 in 9 Australian females develop endometriosis. 

Early diagnosis and treatment to help manage endo symptoms is best practice. The women’s health team at Sports & Spinal can help to manage common endo symptoms. 

Get in touch with your Sports & Spinal Women’s Health Physio to learn more today👉 Head to our bio

March marks ‘March Into Yellow’ which a campaign aimed at raising awareness about endometriosis and it’s prevalence in Australian women 💛

Endometriosis affects women differently, but it is commonly known to cause severe, life-impacting pain during periods, sexual intercourse, bowel movements and/or urination, chronic pelvic pain, abdominal bloating, nausea, fatigue, and sometimes depression, anxiety, and infertility.

Roughly, 1 in 9 Australian females develop endometriosis.

Early diagnosis and treatment to help manage endo symptoms is best practice. The women’s health team at Sports & Spinal can help to manage common endo symptoms.

Get in touch with your Sports & Spinal Women’s Health Physio to learn more today👉 Head to our bio
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Trendsetters in our @sportsandspinalcaloundra clinic in their @archiesfootwear slides 

Available across our clinic locations. Get your feet in a pair of archie slides today 🩴

#archies #slides #footwear #archiesfootwear #archiesthongs #archsupport #physio #podiatry #summer

Trendsetters in our @sportsandspinalcaloundra clinic in their @archiesfootwear slides

Available across our clinic locations. Get your feet in a pair of archie slides today 🩴

#archies #slides #footwear #archiesfootwear #archiesthongs #archsupport #physio #podiatry #summer
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Eat Well. Live Well🕺

Sounds simple enough but sometimes it’s actually more difficult than we first thought. Especially when it comes to your gut health. With so much information on ‘what's best to do’ it can be hard to determine what is the right way to look after your gut health 🤷‍♀️ 

Our Dietitian team can help! They’re experts when it comes to all things food, nutrition and making sure you’re eating the right things to benefit your gut health. 

👉Head to our bio to book in with our Dietitian team today!

Eat Well. Live Well🕺

Sounds simple enough but sometimes it’s actually more difficult than we first thought. Especially when it comes to your gut health. With so much information on ‘what`s best to do’ it can be hard to determine what is the right way to look after your gut health 🤷‍♀️

Our Dietitian team can help! They’re experts when it comes to all things food, nutrition and making sure you’re eating the right things to benefit your gut health.

👉Head to our bio to book in with our Dietitian team today!
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✨GUT HEALTH MONTH ✨

One of the ways we can support a healthy gut is to increase our variety of plant-based foods high in fibre and antioxidants. Fibre is essential for gut health as it promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria which has been shown to support brain health, mood, nutrient absorption and digestion, reducing inflammation and also reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases.

In this reel our Dietician Georgia shares her top 5 gut-friendly snack options for when you’re on the go.

VEGIE STICKS + HUMMUS
Aim for a variety of coloured fruit and veg! Boost fibre by adding a side of carrots or baby cucumber to your usual snacks – this small change can reduce your risk of chronic disease development by 30%!

NUTS
Gut bacteria feed on the prebiotic fibre found in nuts resulting in the production of short chain fatty acid Butyrate- higher levels of Butyrate is associated with improved mood, gut motility and better appetite control.

TUNA & BARLEY
Barley is an essential wholegrain that can also help to reduce cholesterol levels. Mixed snacks containing tuna & wholegrains is a delicious and filling snack high in protein and fibre.

LEGUMES
1/3 cup cooked legumes (chickpeas, lentils, blackbeans) provide up to 10% daily fibre requirements! Munch on some roasted chickpeas or throw a can of lentils into your spaghetti bolognaise 

WHOLEGRAIN CRACKERS
Wholegrains provide important source of magnesium, iron, iodine, zinc, B vitamins and vitamin E. They also contain important source of insoluble fibre which can help manage constipation!

#sportsandspinalphysio #sportsandspinal #alliedhealthprofessionals #alliedhealthprofessionals #diet #dietician #dietetics #guthealth #guthealthmatters #guthealthmonth #health #wellbeing #education

✨GUT HEALTH MONTH ✨

One of the ways we can support a healthy gut is to increase our variety of plant-based foods high in fibre and antioxidants. Fibre is essential for gut health as it promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria which has been shown to support brain health, mood, nutrient absorption and digestion, reducing inflammation and also reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases.

In this reel our Dietician Georgia shares her top 5 gut-friendly snack options for when you’re on the go.

VEGIE STICKS + HUMMUS
Aim for a variety of coloured fruit and veg! Boost fibre by adding a side of carrots or baby cucumber to your usual snacks – this small change can reduce your risk of chronic disease development by 30%!

NUTS
Gut bacteria feed on the prebiotic fibre found in nuts resulting in the production of short chain fatty acid Butyrate- higher levels of Butyrate is associated with improved mood, gut motility and better appetite control.

TUNA & BARLEY
Barley is an essential wholegrain that can also help to reduce cholesterol levels. Mixed snacks containing tuna & wholegrains is a delicious and filling snack high in protein and fibre.

LEGUMES
1/3 cup cooked legumes (chickpeas, lentils, blackbeans) provide up to 10% daily fibre requirements! Munch on some roasted chickpeas or throw a can of lentils into your spaghetti bolognaise

WHOLEGRAIN CRACKERS
Wholegrains provide important source of magnesium, iron, iodine, zinc, B vitamins and vitamin E. They also contain important source of insoluble fibre which can help manage constipation!

#sportsandspinalphysio #sportsandspinal #alliedhealthprofessionals #alliedhealthprofessionals #diet #dietician #dietetics #guthealth #guthealthmatters #guthealthmonth #health #wellbeing #education
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It’s Gut Health Month and we have some gut friendly recipes that you can easily implement into your weekly diet that will improve your Gut Health! 

You would be surprised how just a few small changes can have a big impact on your overall health. 

Head to our to get cooking your Gut Health recipes 🍽

It’s Gut Health Month and we have some gut friendly recipes that you can easily implement into your weekly diet that will improve your Gut Health!

You would be surprised how just a few small changes can have a big impact on your overall health.

Head to our to get cooking your Gut Health recipes 🍽
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Now is the time⏱️

Book with the Runaway Bay team today and start kicking your 2024 health goals! With a range of services available our team can get you back to feeling your best 💪

Head to our bio to book with our team today!

Now is the time⏱️

Book with the Runaway Bay team today and start kicking your 2024 health goals! With a range of services available our team can get you back to feeling your best 💪

Head to our bio to book with our team today!
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For the month of Feb we celebrate our wonderful guts! That’s right, we will be shining a light on the amazing work that our guts do to keep us healthy 💪
 
Plus, we’ll provide some tips on how we can look after our gut so that it can keep doing what it does best. 

Did you know that our Dietitian team can assist with gut health? Head to our bio to learn more about how our Dietitian team can help you 🙌

For the month of Feb we celebrate our wonderful guts! That’s right, we will be shining a light on the amazing work that our guts do to keep us healthy 💪

Plus, we’ll provide some tips on how we can look after our gut so that it can keep doing what it does best.

Did you know that our Dietitian team can assist with gut health? Head to our bio to learn more about how our Dietitian team can help you 🙌
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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.