Musculoskeletal pain is a huge socioeconomic burden accounting for over 50% of all long-term disabilities. Treatment in the private sector is expensive while waiting times in public hospitals are typically over a year.
Musculoskeletal exercises can be an effective means to alleviate musculoskeletal pain. The CUHK team has the expertise to provide accurate and evidence-based educational materials that teach home exercises and stretching. They are creating an integrated smartphone application with a series of bite-sized, region-specific exercises to empower patients to regain their quality of life.
“Relieve pain, Restore function, Renew hope”
Many patients are tortured by long-standing pain. Muscle exercises are an effective tool to reduce musculoskeletal pain but access to reliable and proper training is limited. The app provides verified information to kick-start the rehabilitation process in these patients.
Musculoskeletal problems cause over 50% of disabilities in the adult population. The app restores certain functions in patients, allowing more to return to the workforce or reassume their functional roles in the community, such as caring for their children or grandchildren.
The psychological aspects of pain should not be overlooked, sufferers of chronic pain are often dysphoric and depressed. Their pain limits physical activity which can potentiate their psychological distress. The app can alleviate their physical limitations, and break the cycle of psychological misery.
Patients suffering from musculoskeletal pain
Samuel is an expert in orthopaedics and traumatology. He is a core member of the CUHK Sports Medicine team and leads the Foot and Ankle service at the Prince of Wales Hospital. Samuel obtained his undergraduate degree from CUHK, his master’s degree from the University of Edinburgh and is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.
A prominent leader in the field of orthopaedic sports medicine, Patrick chairs a number of influential local and international organisations on orthopaedics, sport medicine and arthroscopy surgery. He is head of CUHK’s Sports Medicine Team, an energetic group dedicated to provide patient care and field support for amateur and professional sport communities. In recognition of his contributions and achievement, Patrick was awarded the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Hong Kong” in 2009. He received his MBChB from CUHK.