At Hong Kong Sports Clinic, our experts provide only the best physiotherapy services
What is (good) physiotherapy?
A general definition of physiotherapy
According to the World Health Organization, Hong Kong physiotherapists should comply with the following:
- Create rehabilitative programs that improve or restore movement ability, and treat or prevent physical challenges associated with injuries, diseases, and other impairments.
- Apply a broad range of physical therapies and techniques such as movement, ultrasound, heating, laser, and other techniques.
- Develop and implement programs for screening and prevention of common physical ailments and disorders.
Please note that we do not agree with everything this definition encapsulates, as several techniques have been proven to not add noticeable benefits in many cases - like ultrasounds therapy, for example. At Hong Kong Sports Clinic, we rely on a hands-on approach to physiotherapy.
Different terms referring to physiotherapy
In Hong Kong, most people refer to this discipline by either physiotherapy or physical therapy. The practitioner is often called a physiotherapist, or simply physio. Kinesiotherapy is commonly used worldwide, but not so much in our city.
The concept of evidence-based physiotherapy
This worldwide used terminology does not have a strict definition. Collecting data from various part of the world, evidence-based physiotherapy can be defined as:
- “The integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values”.
- From this definition, we can see that it involves the science available at the time of treatment, mixed with each physiotherapist’s skills and decision-making abilities, and each patient’s individual thoughts and beliefs about their pain/pathology.
- By pushing a bit further, we have come to the more thorough definition of evidence-based physiotherapy: “an area of study, research, and practice in which clinical decisions are based on the best available evidence, integrating professional practice and expertise with ethical principles”
- A good, modern physiotherapist wants to seek continuous education - being up-to-date with the best available scientific evidence while integrating ethics within the professional practice. This last point expands our professional responsibility to try our best to consider each patient individually, but also to the society as a whole - for example, reflections around optimal costs to benefits/risks ratios.
More information about physiotherapy in Hong Kong
- The approach for good and modern physiotherapy is a combination of hands-on techniques and exercises, rather than medication and surgery.
- Modern, best available physiotherapy should be evidence-based, with accurate clinical judgment and informed interpretation at its core.
- We see ourselves as “guides” helping patients through their journey towards a pain-free life
- At Hong Kong Sports Clinic, the physios trust in patients’ active role in the rehabilitation process.
- We guide through education, precise touch and movement assessments, as well as tailored exercise plans.
What is a typical physiotherapy session at Hong Kong Sports Clinic
Our experienced physiotherapists assess, diagnose, and start the treatment from the very first session with each patient.
- The physiotherapist starts by reviewing the patient’s current condition. Questions include both subjective and objective examination. We value the patient’s point of view just as much as the information we gather from the different testings.
- Subjective screening incorporates patients’ current signs and symptoms, past pain experiences, but also the values and beliefs about pain or injury. These are very important to the physiotherapist. In Hong Kong, many practitioners focus almost exclusively on the anatomical and biomechanical aspects of the pain. But scientific research has proven that a wide range of conditions can also be influenced by the psycho-emotional and social aspects of the patient’s life. This refers to a broader bio-psycho-social vision of pain.
- Objective screening includes postural assessment, active and passive joints mobility tests, muscle strength, and function analysis.
After assessing a patient, the physiotherapist tries to put a name on the presented signs and symptoms. Sometimes it is quite specific, like an Achilles tendinopathy. Other times more generic, like acute lower back pain. A good physio always aims at understanding what is really going on, and what underlying mechanisms could have led to the current pain.
It consists of a variety of techniques, including but not limited to: dry needles, mobilizations, trigger points, massage, stretches, muscle energy, joint adjustments… Each physiotherapist has personal preferences and leans more towards certain techniques rather than others. Our experienced staff will try their best to refer each individual patient to the right practitioner.
Why do patients choose to see physiotherapists at Hong Kong Sports Clinic
We are very proud and humbled by the number of positive feedback we get from our patients. We also put a lot of effort into making every session a meaningful experience.
We strive at learning and progressing
Science advances daily, and the amount of knowledge available in scientific literature pushes us to become better physiotherapists every day. We believe there is always room for improvement in manual therapies.
We want to offer the best personalized treatments available
We try to have a good balance of evidence-based and practice-based approaches. Mixing our hands-on experience with the latest scientific discoveries.
Our patients are not a number
Following-up on our patients is an essential part of our work. Monitoring symptoms progress, checking exercises diligence, or simply answering any questions and worries the patients may have. We will always take the time to get back to you.
We believe in active treatments
A good Hong Kong physiotherapist should encourage patients to take charge and responsibility for their recovery. The on-table part of the treatments is “passive”. It aims at reducing symptoms and controlling the pain level. The prescribed tailored exercise plan aims at helping to work at the root cause of the problem. It is up to each patient to be as diligent as possible and practice the exercises at home, or in a gym environment if required. We want our patients to feel responsible and in control of the improvements, while guiding and supporting them the best we can.
Our front desk staff works hard for patients’ satisfaction
From keeping the clinic neat and tidy to guiding patients through the booking process, we have received much positive feedback about the clinic’s front desk team. One of the patients’ most praised featured is the option to contact and book us through Whatsapp.
Most frequently asked questions about the physiotherapy services at Hong Kong Sports Clinic
Do you only treat sportspeople/athletes?
Some of our patients get confused about the clinic's name. But while some physiotherapists specialize in a given field, practitioners at Hong Kong Sports Clinic tend to treat a wide range of conditions, including - but not limited to - orthopedics, neurology, pediatrics, sports, rheumatology, geriatrics, and women’s health.
Athletes and desk-workers, adults and children, everyone are happily welcome to book our physios.
How do I know if I can come and see a physio or if I need to see a general practitioner first?
This is usually a personal decision. For insurance purposes, many patients are referred by other health professionals, like general practitioners. But we often see people coming to the clinic by themselves. Physiotherapists become their first-line specialists, and as such should be able to determine if their condition requires additional tests. The goal is to rule out a more serious cause of pain, also called “red flags”.
Will my insurance cover the full cost of treatment?
Each insurance in Hong Kong has different policies in regard to physiotherapy treatments. Please verify with your insurance company before coming to our clinic, as some require you to get a referral letter from a doctor before claiming the physio sessions.
What are the differences between a physio / a chiro / an osteo?
This is a tricky question that requires a thorough answer. We are working on this and will link it to the adequate page on our website as soon as possible!
I want to get better after one or two sessions! Can you guarantee this?
Unfortunately not. Our physiotherapists are going above and beyond to help you out, but results can vary from one patient to the other. Sometimes pain level subsides significantly after a couple of sessions, other times it can take several weeks to start noticing improvements. No matter how hard we try, we have little control over this.
Do I need to bring or run imagery exams, like an X-ray or an MRI?
In many cases, it is not necessary. For specific cases that require further investigation, your physio will inform you about the type of exam that needs to be done. If you have images and results from previous consultations, you are welcome to bring them over with you.
How to experiment with Hong Kong's high level of physiotherapy?
Simply call our reception - 37092846 - for more information, or to book an appointment. You can also use the Whatsapp button on the bottom right corner of the page.
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