MICHAEL POON

Areas of Expertise:

  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Sports injuries
  • Post-operative rehabilitation (e.g. ACL reconstruction) and work rehabilitation
  • Manual therapy techniques and acupuncture
  • Exercise prescription and rehabilitation

Tell us about your background in Physiotherapy

After graduation from Bradford, UK, I came back to HK and started working at hospitals including elderly care, orthopaedics, neuro-rehabilitation, intensive care unit and outpatient. I completed my master in Sports Medicine and Health Science in CUHK in 2018; while I ran a staff clinic for musculoskeletal and sports injury as well as work injury cases before joining Prohealth Sports and Spinal. I also work for Valley RFC Men’s Mai Jai as their team physiotherapist.

 

What are your interests?

I love sports, and I am particularly keen to water sport. Previously I played water polo for over 10 years but had to retire due to a shoulder injury. I do swimming, kayaking, and windsurfing but currently, I do sailing races whenever I am available. I like the team dynamic, and sailing is a technical and strategic sport.

 

Tell us about a life-changing experience or adventure you’ve been on.

When I was still under training, I worked with a prosthesis physiotherapy clinic before. Patients there encountered major amputation mainly due to diabetes or road traffic accident, but many of them shared their strong will of regaining back their mobility. Working with them is not only about managing their physical status but as well as their mental state. They experienced grief, frustration, phantom sensation and loss of their usual social status even; yet many of them, with physiotherapy, most of them managed to walk independently with their prosthesis or even run! This does inspire me as a physiotherapist, how powerful words and knowledge can change others’ lives. Tragedies exist, but we move on and optimize damage control, and push and push to rebound back as much as we can.

 

What is your area of expertise?

Sports injury and spinal problems definitely. I have an interest in shoulder, ankle, and foot, as well as spinal issues; and I am particularly interested in running injuries and injuries related to throwing or racket sport. My approach focuses on patient education and exercises prescription in adjunct with manual therapy and acupuncture.

 

What is the most fulfilling part of this job?

This is a rewarding job to get people back to a higher level of physical state as well as mentally. I like to see patients back to those activities they enjoy and see patients pushing towards their limits for better performance, while my role here is guiding them back to what they want to do.

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