About Brisbane Physio Specialists

Ken Niere treating a patient at Brisbane Physio Specialists

We are committed to providing the highest quality of specialised care to reduce your pain, restore movement and improve strength and flexibility.

As Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists, we both have the highest level of physiotherapy qualifications for clinical practice in the world. We have extensive clinical experience in the management of musculoskeletal conditions (joint and muscle pain/strains) and are experts in the assessment and management of complex and chronic musculoskeletal disorders affecting the spine and limbs.

Our philosophy revolves around decreasing pain and improving function (how your body moves and works) by addressing the musculoskeletal issues that are causing the symptoms or preventing recovery. We do this with a tailored treatment and management plan, taking into account your own personal circumstances and preferences.

We founded Brisbane Physio Specialists after relocating to Brisbane at the start of 2022. Having operated two successful physio practices in Melbourne (in East Melbourne for 12 years and Hawthorn for 30 years), we’re excited to establish a practice in Queensland.

Helen Fleming

Dr Helen Fleming

BPhty, MPhtySt, FACP

I am a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2007) with over 30 years of clinical experience in hospitals and private practice.

In my career, I have been fortunate to be both a specialist treating clinician as well as an educator to both undergraduate Physiotherapy students and qualified Physiotherapists gaining further education.

I have been an examiner for the Australian College of Physiotherapists since 2008 and am a recognised expert in the field of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. I worked as a lecturer and clinical tutor for the Masters program at the University of Queensland, Trinity College and University College in Dublin, Ireland and was an invited lecturer and clinical tutor at the University of Melbourne.

I have presented at conferences nationally and internationally on the assessment and management of the musculoskeletal system and have specialist expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of the shoulder, hip and spine. As a specialist spinal and shoulder physiotherapist, I believe the key to lasting pain relief is a thorough examination, clear explanation of the diagnosis and treatment plan and a targeted rehabilitation program.  I am privileged to be an expert in the use of real-time ultrasound as biofeedback for core muscle training.+

 

Qualifications

  • Graduated from the University of Queensland in 1990
  • Gained my Masters Manipulative Physiotherapy Studies in 1997
  • Awarded Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist : Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2007

Publications

1. James M Elliott  1 Helen FlemingKylie Tucker (2010): Asymptomatic spondylolisthesis and pregnancy.  J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 40(5):324. doi:10.2519/jospt.2010.0407.

Abstract

The patient was a 32-year-old woman diagnosed with grade III spondylolisthesis at the age of 18. While the patient had not experienced back pain in recent years, she anticipated a recurrence of symptoms during her final trimester of pregnancy. Lumbar magnetic resonance imaging was used to confirm the presence of grade IV spondylolisthesis. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2010;40(5):324. doi:10.2519/jospt.2010.0407.

Ken Niere

Dr Ken Niere

BAppSc (Physio), GradDipManipTher, MManipPhysio, FACP

I am a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (as awarded by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2008) with over 35 years of clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of spinal disorders.

My research and clinical focus is on the diagnosis and management of headaches, neck disorders (including neck/arm pain and whiplash) and TMJ ( jaw) pain. I have lectured on these topics in Australia and overseas and have become regarded as a headache, TMJ and cervical spine specialist physiotherapist.

As a senior lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University, I have taught spinal musculoskeletal physiotherapy at undergraduate and postgraduate levels since 1989. I am an examiner for the Australian College of Physiotherapists. I currently lecture on the TMJ to the Masters Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy students at the University of Queensland and I  co-edited and contributed to a multi-disciplinary textbook – Headache, Orofacial Pain and Bruxism

Qualifications

  • Graduated from Lincoln Institue in 1982
  • Gained Graduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy in 1987
  • Completed Master of Manipulative Physiotherapy in 1995
  • Awarded Fellowship of the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2008.

Listen to Ken on the PhysioEdge podcast with David Pope on Cervicgenic Headaches – Listen Here

Publications

  1. Book

Selvaratnam P, Niere K, Zuluaga M (eds) (2009): Headache, orofacial pain and bruxism. Edinburgh New York Churchill Livingstone.

  1. Chapters in books

Niere K (2014): The whiplash disability questionnaire. In: Michalos AC (ed): Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research. Springer, pp.7124-7125

Niere KR (2009): The measurement of headache. In: Selvaratnam P, Niere K, Zuluaga M (eds) Headache, orofacial pain and bruxism. Edinburgh New York Churchill Livingstone

Niere KR (2009): Central and peripheral mechanisms of cervical headaches. In: Selvaratnam P, Niere K, Zuluaga M (eds) Headache, orofacial pain and bruxism. Edinburgh New York Churchill Livingstone

Schoo, A, Taylor N, Niere K, Selfe J (2008): Case studies in a musculoskeletal outpatients setting
In: Guthrie L (ed): Clinical Case Studies in Physiotherapy: A guide for students and graduates, Chapter 8, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, pp.215-301

Jull G and Niere K (2004): Headache and the cervical spine. In: Gull G and Boyling J (eds): Grieve’s Modern Manual Therapy. 3rd edn Churchill Livingstone pp291-310.

Niere KR and Selvaratnam PJ (1995): Sporting Injuries to the Cervical Region. In: Zuluaga et al (eds) Sports Physiotherapy: Applied Science and Practice Melbourne, Churchill Livingstone pp 325-341.

  1. Articles in peer reviewed journals:

Terry C, Vez J, Niere K, Hilfiker R, Mathieu N (2020): Translation, cross-cultural adaptation, reliability and validity of the “Whiplash Disability Questionnaire” from English to French. Kinésithérapie, la Revue 20: 12-18 

Sterling M, Hendrikz J, Kenardy J, Kristjansson E, Dumas JP, Niere K, Cote J, Deserres S, Rivest K, Jull G. (2012): Assessment and validation of prognostic models for poor functional recovery 12 months after whiplash injury: a multicentre inception cohort study. Pain 153(8):1727-34.

Niere K, Quin A (2009): Development of a headache-specific disability questionnaire for patients attending physiotherapy. Manual Therapy 14(1): 45-51.

Niere K. (2006): The presence of four simple history features can diagnose migraine accurately. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy – Critically appraised paper 52(4):304.

Niere K (2006): The Whiplash Disability Questionnaire. In: Australian Journal of Physiotherapy Clinimetrics 52: 151

Niere K and Jerak A (2004): Comparison of patient report by questionnaire and headache diary for measurement of headache frequency, intensity and duration. Physiotherapy Research International 9(4): 149-156.

Niere K and Torney S (2004): Clinicians’ perceptions of minor cervical instability. Manual Therapy 9: 144-150

Willis C, Niere K, Hoving J, Green S, O’Leary E, Buchbinder R (2004): Reproducibility and responsiveness of the whiplash disability questionnaire. Pain 110: 681-688

Pinfold M, Niere K, Hoving J, Green S, O’Leary E, Buchbinder R (2004): Validity and internal consistency of a whiplash-specific disability measure. Spine 29(3): 263-268.

Hoving JL, O’Leary EF, Niere KR, Green S and Buchbinder R (2003): Validity of the neck disability index, Northwick Park neck pain questionnaire, and problem elicitation technique for measuring disability associated with whiplash-associated disorders. Pain 102(3): 273-281

Downey B, Taylor N and Niere K (2003): Can manipulative physiotherapists agree on which lumbar level to treat based on palpation? Physiotherapy 89(2): 74-81

Niere KR (2002): Pain descriptors used by headache patients presenting for physiotherapy. Physiotherapy 88(7): 409-416

Jull G, Magarey M, Niere K, Elvey R (2002): Physiotherapy, a responsible profession to use cervical manipulation. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 48: 180-183.

Jull G, Trott P, Potter H, Zito G, Niere K, Shirley D, Emberson J, Marschner I, Richardson C (2002): A randomized controlled trial of exercise and manipulative therapy for cervicogenic headache. Spine 27(17): 1835-1843

Grant T and Niere K (2000): Techniques used by manipulative physiotherapists in the management of headaches. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 46(4):215-222.

Downey B, Taylor N and Niere K (2003): Can manipulative physiotherapists agree on which lumbar level to treat based on palpation? Physiotherapy 89(2): 74-81

Downey B, Taylor N and Niere K (1999): Manipulative physiotherapists can reliably palpate nominated lumbar spinal levels. Manual Therapy 4(3): 151-156.

Niere K and Maher C (1999): Advice to act as usual provides marginally better symptom control for acute whiplash than provision of a collar and sick leave. Critically Appraised Paper: Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 45(4): 321.

Niere KR (1998): Can characteristics of benign headache predict manipulative physiotherapy treatment outcome? Australian Journal of Physiotherapy 44(2): 87-93

Niere KR and Robinson PM (1997): Determination of manipulative physiotherapy treatment outcome in headache patients. Manual Therapy 2(4): 199-205. (95%)

Niere KR (1991): Understanding referred pain. Sports Training, Medicine and Rehabilitation 2: 247-256.

  1. Conference proceedings

Niere K and Willis C (2003): Reproducibility and responsiveness of the Whiplash Disability Questionnaire MPA 13th Biennial conference, Sydney

Pinfold M and Niere K (2003): MPA 13th Biennial conference, Sydney

Quin A and Niere KR (2001): Development of a headache-specific disability questionnaire for physiotherapy patients. MPAA 12th Biennial Conference Adelaide.

Daly A, Howard W and Niere K (2000): The diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Type 1. Proceedings of Australian Pain Society Conference, March 2000 Melbourne.

Downey BJ, Taylor NF and Niere KR (1998): The reliability of lumbar palpation by manipulative physiotherapists. Proceedings of 5th International APA Congress, Hobart 1998 pp 390-391.

Grant T and Niere K (1998): Techniques used by manipulative physiotherapists in the managment of headaches. Proceedings of 5th International APA Congress, Hobart 1998 pp 387-389.

Jerak A and Niere K (2000): Memory for headache frequency and duration is more accurate than for headache intensity. In: Singer KP (ed) Proceedings of the 7th Scientific Conference of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists. Uni WA Perth pp353-356.

Torney S and Niere K (2000): Clinicians’ perceptions of minor cervical instability. In: Singer KP (ed) Proceedings of the 7th Scientific Conference of the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapists. Uni WA Perth pp348-352.

Niere K and Robinson P (1995): Subjective examination findings in headache sufferers: their use as predictors of physiotherapy treatment outcome. Proceedings of MPAA 9th Biennial Conference MPAA St Kilda pp 111-112.

Niere K (1997): The effects of diet, stress and hormones on cervical headaches. Proceedings of South West Spinal Symposium April 1997 pp 9-18.

Niere K (1997): Expectations of physiotherapy treatment outcome in headache sufferers. Proceedings of MPAA 10th Biennial Conference. Melbourne, Nov 1997 MPAA publishers St Kilda pp 136-137.

Niere K (1998): Management of cervical soft tissue injuries post motor vehicle accident. Proceedings of 6th Annual Soft tissue Injury Forum October 1998 Melbourne, Olympic Park Sports Medicine Centre pp 4-7.

Niere K (1999): Management of cervical instability. Proceedings of Whiplash ‘99, MPAA symposium on whiplash. Melbourne, pp 42-46.

  1. Newsletters

Niere KR (1987): Dizziness: causes and differential diagnosis. Newsletter of the Manipulative Therapy Group 3(1): 3-5.

Niere K (2000): Poor sitting posture can be a pain in the neck. Directions; Newsletter of the Private Practitioners Group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. 17th ed. pp1-2.