About US

Physiotherapy service of the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital was established in the 1970s. Throughout the last 4 decades, the hospital has been striving for continuous improvement in rehabilitation services. Through new treatment techniques and introduction of rehabilitation equipment with cutting edge technologies, the quality of physiotherapy service was enhanced. Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy was started in 2008 It could improve the treatment outcomes of tendinopathy. Hydrotherapy service was started in 2009. In collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the SmartFit athletic training programme was started in 2010. In this program, Physiotherapy Centre utilises the PRIMUS muscle strength assessment and training equipment and Alter Gravity treadmill to improve rehabilitation outcome of patients with musculoskeletal injuries. In 2012, rehabilitation for neurological patients was enhanced with the introduction of Lokomat ®robotic gait training system. Physiotherapists started to apply Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in 2016 in examination of the status of soft tissues damage so as to enhance treatment effectiveness. The LPG M6 machine was introduced in 2017. This equipment is specialized in soft tissues (eg. skin, scar, fascia) mobilization and management of lymphedema. Cough Assist Machine was introduced in 2017. It improves sputum retention. It is useful for patients with an ineffective cough due to neuromuscular disorders, paralysis of respiratory muscles and respiratory disease. This device can be used on patients with facemask, tracheostomy and ventilator. Manual Hyperinflation (MHI) & Ventilator Hyperinflation (VHI) techniques are also used by physiotherapist to improve chest expansion and facilitate sputum removal in ventilated patients. The effectiveness of this technique in removing sputum and reversing atelectasis in ventilator patients were well proved by research studies. It also increase the successful rate in weaning off ventilator.

In 2013, specialisation of physiotherapy service further ameliorated the quality of rehabilitation service. The current physiotherapy service includes the following sub-specialties:


Musculoskeletal (MSK)


Medical Physiotherapy

Oncology Physiotherapy

Neurological Rehabilitation

Women's Health

Paediatrics Physiotherapy

Geriatric Physiotherapy

Physiotherapist specialists have obtained master or doctoral degrees in various physiotherapy sub-specialties. Physiotherapist specialists also collaborate with medical specialists of various specialties in order to provide a quality rehabilitation service to our patients.