Helping you to move and be active
The University of Queensland's (UQ) Physiotherapy Clinics provide a wide range of physiotherapy, rehabilitation and healthcare services to the community. Together we'll identify how to enhance your activity and participation so that you can get the most out of life. Our clinics provide speciality physiotherapy for children and adolescents; musculoskeletal and sporting injuries; and mobility, balance, vestibular and neurological issues. Referrals are not required to attend our clinics.
Services we offer
Our Development Paediatric Clinic can assist if you have concerns or questions about your child's (individuals aged from birth to 18 years) muscle, joint or neurological development, such as:
- your baby feels 'floppy' or 'stiff' when being held
- your baby doesn't tolerate 'tummy time' well by four months of age
- your baby was premature (born before 34 weeks' gestation)
- your child is delayed in achieving physical milestones (physical skills and behaviours developed by the growing child determined by age range) such as rolling, head turning, crawling and walking
- your child is not sitting by nine months of age
- your child is not trying to stand up by 12 months of age your child is not walking by 18 months of age
- your child has an unusual walk, foot posture or walks on their toes
- your child experiences awkward movement or action lacking skill with running, jumping or ball skills
- your child has aches or pains with activity or rest
- you are concerned about your child's posture (positioning of the body)
- your child has difficulty participating in and/or enjoying sport.
Our services include:
- individual assessments and development of specialised programs to suit your child's needs
- programs to increase strength (amount of force a muscle can produce in a single effort(, balance (the ability to maintain a controlled body position during task performance), co-ordination (the ability to use different parts of the body together smoothly and efficiently) and function
- screening of babies and children to check for normal development
- management of problems associated with delays in development of normal posture and movement
- treatment of infants and children with conditions such as cerebral palsy (disorder of movement and posture due to injury to the brain before two years of age), Down's syndrome (a chromosomal or genetic disorder that can lead to developmental delays) and neuromuscular disorders (disorders of the body's nervous system resulting in impaired movement, sensation or perception)
- assessment and treatment of children and adolescents demonstrating movement problems, including 'Developmental co-ordination disorder': impairment in movement that interferes with academic achievement or activities of daily living (e.g. dressing and eating), these children are typically referred to as 'clumsy, with associated attention and behavioural disorders such as Attention Deficit: behavioural disorder that may include reduced concentration, learning difficulty and hyperactivity
- co-ordination and/or organisation problems such as delays in fine (refers to skills requiring precision, dexterity and sensory discrimination to execute) and gross motor skill (refers to skills requiring co-ordinated and meaningful movement of large body segments using large muscle groups to perform activities such as rolling, crawling, walking and running) development including Autistic Spectrum Disorder (life-long condition effeting social interation, verbal and non-verbal communication and ritualistic or repetitive behaviour) associated with motor problems
- musculoskeletal problems affecting motor function.
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During a physiotherapy consult we will listen to you. The 'story' as you tell it, is important in guiding the solutions we are able to achieve. We will observe how you move and then use a hands-on examination to evaluate your problem. Our findings are explained to you and together with you we develop a plan to help achieve your goals. We treat all musculoskeletal (disorders of muscles, bones and support structures of the body resulting in physical impairment) and sports injuries (injury occuring during exercise or sport) for people of all ages and activity. Our consultations provide individual diagnosis and management plans (treatment can include all or some of the following, advice and education, hands-on treatment, therapeutic exercise, electronic modalities such as TENS or Ultrasound, strapping, orthoticsm bracing or mobility aids, pain management, preventions strategies) to include specific therapeutic exercise (systematic and planned performance of body movements with the goal of restoring physical function) prescription, manual therapy (precise and graded gliding movement or manipulation performed on the joints or tissues performed by a skilled professional) and advice on ergonomics (design and arrangement of objects and spaces for maximal safety), postural correction and movement disorders.
Do you experience:
- neck pain, headaches and arm pain
- low back pain, sciatica and sacroiliac dysfunction
- arthritis hip, knee, ankle and foot joint, muscle or ligament injuries
- shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand injuries
- fractures and dislocations
- pre and post-surgery
- temporomandibular jaw and facial pain
- postural problems and work related injuries?
Let us help you to regain your movement and be active.
Our services include:
- joint mobilisation or manipulation
- specific and individualised therapeutic exercise prescription
- advice on ergonomics, postural correction and movement disorders
- preventative management
- soft tissue or myofascial release
- ultrasound imaging for muscle retraining
- motor control retraining and core stability strengthening
- advanced neuro dynamic mobilisation
- bike assessments — we are able to provide an introductory assessment of your bicycle set-up
- sports-specific screenings and interventions — development of exercise interventions that are specific to your sports requirements
- orthotics — we can conduct a biomechanical assessment (technical assessment of alignment during functional movement) of the lower limbs to determine whether orthotics are required.
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We specialise in the rehabilitation of chronic and progressive neurological conditions (conditions of the brain, spinal chord and the nervous system that impair sensation, movement and function and the enjoyment of life), ageing, balance (the ability to maintain a controlled body position during task performance) and vestibular disorders (dysfunction in the structures of the inner ear and brain that affects balance and eye movements, leading to symptoms such as vertigo and dizziness). We provide supportive, positive assistance to people with symptoms adversely affecting their mobility (the ability to move your body in space to perform functional tasks. Mobility such as walking or picking up an object is essential towards maximising independence in daily life activities), co-ordination (the ability to use different parts of the body together smoothly and efficiently ensuring the fine control and timing between the different areas. It is essential for accurate, effective movement to occur), sensation (the ability to perceive information from a variety of sense organs located around the body. It is important for us to understand our body's position/location relative to the environment around it to maximise efficient movements and safety), balance and activity participation.
Do you experience/have you been diagnosed with:
- a neurological disorder such as stroke (injury/death of neural tissue resulting from a lack of blood flow to a specific region of the brain), traumatic brain (a nondegenerative, noncongenital injury to brain tissue from an external mechanical force. It can lead to permanent or temporary impairment of cognitive, physical, and psychosocial functions, with associated reduced or altered state of consciousness) or spinal cord injury (an insult to the spinal cord resulting in temporary or permanent disruption to the cord's normal motor, sensory, or autonomic function. It can lead to temporary or permanent impairment of movement and sensation), Parkinson's disease (a progressive disease of the central nervous system marked by tremor, muscular rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement. It mainly affects middle-aged and elderly people. It is associated with degeneration of part of the brain known as the basal ganglia and a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine) or Multiple Sclerosis (a chronic, typically progressive disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms may include sensory loss, speech impairment, loss of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue)
- movement disorders associated with Vestibular Dysfunction (dysfunction in the structures of the inner ear and brain that affects balance and eye movements, leading to symptoms such as vertigo and dizziness), Muscular Dystrophies ( a group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. In muscular dystrophy, abnormal genes interfere with the production of proteins needed for healthy muscle), Diabetes, Peripheral Vascular Disease following amputation
- movement disorders or dizziness associated with Vestibular Dysfunction
- movement and balance difficulties associated with ageing including persons who have had, or are at risk of, a fall (an event which results in a person coming to rest inadvertently on the ground or floor or other lower level. Fall-related injuries may be fatal or non-fatal, though most are non-fatal)
- congenital and acquired disabilities?
Or do you require:
- information and education on appropriate uses of walking aids (a mobility aid is a device designed to assist walking or otherwise improve the mobility of people with a mobility impairment)
- review or scripting for wheelchair (The scripting and fitment of wheelchairs requires careful consideration of the user’s abilities and chair application. Physiotherapists are skilled in determining chair suitability and fitment) seating?
Let us help you enhance your activity and participation.
Our services include:
- comprehensive physical and functional assessment for all clients with all levels of movement problems across the adult lifespan
- identification of the cause of movement problems
- interventions on an individual basis or within a class setting
- self-management models
- scripting and advice for wheelchair and mobility aids.
Specific programs offered include:
- vestibular and balance program and classes
- running with a neurological condition
- optimising upper limb return with neurological conditions.
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Whiplash Assessment Clinic
The Whiplash Assessment Clinic in the Division of Physiotherapy provides a physical diagnostic service and treatment recommendations to persons with symptoms following a whiplash injury and their treating physiotherapist and medical officer.