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Back Stability Clinic brings the most recent, advanced research findings from the University of Queensland and packages them into effective clinical tools to meet all your practical needs. We specialise in treating back pain, principally by using ultrasound imaging, yet our widely experienced staff also retain and employ a very full selection of traditional musculoskeletal techniques for general musculoskeletal conditions. Ultrasound imaging allows the physiotherapist and the patient to see a moving image of the deep stability muscles and train and correct their function. These muscles are one of our best tools for reducing chronic and acute back pain.

Getting there

The clinic is located within the Mater Hospital Brisbane physiotherapy department, level 2.


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We focus on you

At the Back Stability Clinic we are focused on you as an individual. Your physiotherapist will spend 90 minutes on the initial assessment. We take the time to understand you personally, your pain levels, limitations and frustrations. We gain a thorough understanding of your condition and you are also ensured quality assessment, diagnosis, treatment directed to your specific movement dysfunction and an individual exercise prescription, addressing your therapeutic exercises and your general fitness program.

Qualified professionals

Your musculoskeletal physiotherapist has advanced postgraduate training in the assessment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal conditions. Each possesses at least Masters level qualifications, ensuring advanced knowledge & skill. Your physiotherapist at the Back Stablility Clinic will constantly apply latest research and best practice techniques to improve treatment methods. Each physiotherapist has special interests which may specifically address your individual needs.

Personal Care

We do our best to ensure you have continuity of care from the same physiotherapist each time you visit us. We develop a thorough understanding of your specific requirements and tailor a personal treatment plan that is monitored to ensure the most positive outcomes that we can achieve.

A Different Approach

Our initial assessment includes written instructions for home exercise. We also provide adequate time for your follow-up treatments, with 45 minutes allocated to ensure that your sessions are of the highest quality and are not rushed. We find that spending more time on our treatments helps us to meet our goal of empowering you to “self-manage” your pain. Spending enough one-on-one time with you enables you to spend longer periods of time between treatments implementing your specific muscle exercises, and ultimately this means that you require fewer treatment sessions overall. Our program is completely focussed on empowering you to become the manager/conqueror of your own pain, in the most time efficient and economically viable manner.

Significant Connections

Our clinic is involved in research, seeking more answers to the clinical questions posed by the challenge of spinal pain. Our close ties with The University of Queensland and other research bodies delivers one of the most up to date treatment approaches. Come to the home of rehabilitative ultrasound imaging. Some of our clinicians are closely affiliated with research involving elite cricketers, AFL players, Australian Ballet dancers and the European Space Agency. We are also involved in providing post graduate ultrasound imaging education programmes for physiotherapists and are recognised as leaders in our field.

Helen O’Gorman

B Phty (Hons) and M MPhy St
Email: helen.o'gorman@mater.org.au

Helen holds a bachelor of physiotherapy and a Masters of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, both from the University of Qld.

In 1985 and 1992 she published separate research papers addressing age changes in the thoracic spine and thoracic spine and shoulder motion relationships.

At home and abroad, she has extensive clinical experience in private practice and public health, as well as tutoring and lecturing as an invited guest at the University of Queensland and professional special interest groups.

Her special interests include the thoracic spine, chronic pain, musculoskeletal physiotherapy for the aged patient and an interest in the scope of musculoskeletal physiotherapy for the oncology patient. Her current role co-ordinating the orthopaedic physiotherapy screening clinic and her involvement in this service for three years, gives her broad insight into orthopaedic systems and approaches.

She has always focussed on the inclusion of general fitness, lifestyle and activity programs to compliment musculoskeletal treatment. She strives to combine strict clinical diagnostic reasoning, a logical approach, practical goal setting and genuine compassion.