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Dr Xiaoqi Chen

Dr Xiaoqi Chen

Dr Xiaoqi Chen

Physiotherapist 

Special interests in neck, back, hip, shoulder & arm pain, Hypermobile Spectrum Disorder (HSD) and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) 

Chen is from Singapore and has been a physiotherapist since 2009. She completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in 2017, which studied the risk factors associated with neck pain, and the impact of workplace-based interventions on neck pain in office workers (2017). Her passion to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice is manifested in her publications related to exercise and ergonomic interventions and sensorimotor dysfunction. Altogether, Chen has co-authored 10 publications in the manual therapy, physical therapy, and occupational health journals. Chen is also a casual clinical tutor, examiner, and guest lecturer to physiotherapy students at the University of Queensland since 2014.

Chen’s clinical interests are as follows:

  • Hypermobile Spectrum Disorders (HSDs)
  • Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (hEDS)
  • Ehlers- Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and Connective Tissue Disorders (CTDs)
  • Neck, back, shoulder and arm pain, including but not exclusive to:
    • Cervicogenic headaches and dizziness
    • Whiplash and associated disorders (i.e. dizziness, headaches, visual disturbances)
    • Concussion syndrome
    • Thoracic outlet syndrome
    • Nerve impingement, neuropathies, radiculopathies, disc-related pathologies
  • Hip pain, including but not exclusive to:
    • Hip impingement syndromes
    • Lateral hip pain – bursitis, tendinopathies
  • Work-related injuries (Workcover claims)
  • Complex, car accident-related injuries (Compulsory Third Party, CTP insurance claims)

Starting of the year 2020, Chen is involved in Project ECHO  (Group 3B) launched by The Ehlers-Danlos Society and led by Consultant Rheumatologist and Acute Physician, Dr Alan J Hakim.  Project ECHO is a telemedicine program that involves health professionals from all around the world to share knowledge, expert updates and have case-based discussions on EDS and HSD. Later in the year, Chen will be involved in the Allied Health Australia ECHO program.

Chen & our Not Just Bendy lead, Sharon Hennessey, are involved in regular focus group meetings to create and improve patient handouts, discuss case studies and share knowledge on the latest evidence-based practice strategies. In addition, fortnightly in-service sessions are held by our clinic lead, Dr Alison Grimaldi for ongoing professional training and learning.

A combination of advice and education, real time ultrasound (RTUS), electrical muscle stimulation, strapping/taping, dry needling, Clinical Pilates, exercise prescription and manual therapy techniques are utilised in her practice. Chen continually improves her practice by keeping up with the latest technology, skills, and research. In her free time she enjoys walking her Kelpie Cross, bike riding, reformer pilates, and rock climbing.

More information can be found at Chen’s website/blog: drchenphysio.com.