Last updated on September 10, 2021.
Whether you suffer from sports injuries, chronic pain, posture issues or post-operative pain, physiotherapy sessions are a great option to recover. If you are looking for a physiotherapist in Hong Kong, Healthy Matters brings you a comprehensive guide, with practical details.
Methodology: This guide does not aim to be exhaustive. It is informative only and based on our independent research.
What is physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy, also called physical therapy, is a science-based therapeutic approach that aims at treating people suffering from disability, illness or injury. Physiotherapists use many techniques such as: exercise and joint mobilisation, muscle strengthening, manual skills, ultrasound, hot-pad or ice-pack. They also give advice about day-to-day life habits to enhance patients’ well being and general health.
Anyone at any age may benefit from physiotherapy. Physiotherapy may help relieve pains or other long-term injuries or conditions. It might also be indicated to see a physiotherapist during pregnancy of before a sporting event in order to better prepare your body.
How to choose a physiotherapist in Hong Kong?
There are currently 3,239 registered physiotherapists in Hong Kong. Physiotherapy in Hong Kong is regulated. It is overseen by the Physiotherapists Board established by the “Supplementary Medical Professions Ordinance, Chapter 359, Laws of Hong Kong” in 1981. The main function of the Physiotherapists Board is to “maintain a register of physiotherapists” and “promote adequate standards of professional practice and conduct” among the practitioners.
All practicing physiotherapists in Hong Kong have to be registered with the Physiotherapists Board.
You can find a list of all registered physiotherapists in Hong Kong here
How much does physiotherapy cost in Hong Kong?
Physiotherapists operate both in the public and private sectors. In Hong Kong, the cost of seeing a physiotherapist varies greatly (just like for other health professions).
1- Public sector:
For consultations in the public sector, in general out-patient clinics, the cost of a physiotherapy session is of HK$50 per attendance.
Beware of waiting times which can be very long in the public sector.
2- Private hospital – Out-patient clinics:
In private hospitals, according to our research, the cost of first sessions assessment ranges between HK$100 and HK$1,540. Prices for follow-up sessions will depend on the type of therapy that you need.
3- Private clinics:
In private practice, the cost of seeing a physiotherapist varies tremendously, and according to the practitioner’s location. According to our research, the average cost of 1h session can vary between HK$1,000 and HK$1,900.
Price per consultation (initial and following ones)
For any session: 1,000
For 30 min sessions: 750 - 850
For 40 min sessions: 1,300 - 1,600
All amounts are in HKD and were last updated in May 2020. No responsibility is accepted for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. It is always best to call ahead to make sure the information is still up-to-date.
Where can I find a physiotherapist in Hong Kong?
The following includes both private and public sector providers.
1 — Public sector providers
Here is the list of public centers providing physiotherapy services throughout Hong Kong.
2 — Private sector providers :
Here is a list of private hospitals providing out-patient physiotherapy sessions, with links to their charges and fees:
- Canossa Hospital – Charges and fees
- Evangel Hospital – Charges and fees
- Gleneagles – Charges and fees
- Hong Kong Adventist Hospital Stubbs Road– Charges and fees
- Honk Kong Adventist Hospital Tsuen Wan – Charges and Fees
- Hong Kong Baptist Hospital – Charges and fees
- Hong Kong Sanatorium Hospital – Charges and Fees
- Matilda International Hospital – Charges and fees
- St Paul’s Hospital – Charges and fees
- St Teresa’s Hospital – Charges and fees (p.22)
- Union Hospital – Charges and fees
- CUHK Medical Centre – Charges and fees
Private physiotherapy practices:
Alive Wellness is a company that provides physiotherapy among other wellness services like acupuncture, meditation, coaching or tension relax exercise. Their only physiotherapist, Alice Yuen, and founder of Alive Wellness has a holistic approach for the body and mind.
APS Orthopaedic and Sports Physiotherapy Clinic
APS Orthopaedic And Sports Physiotherapy Clinic features three physiotherapists trained in Hong Kong and The United States. Among them, two worked for several years in Canada. They are specialised in neck, back, shoulder and knee issues, as well as orthopaedics, sports injuries, or neurological deficit. They are equipped with Isokinetic Machine and MotionMetrix which help measuring, evaluating and strengthening muscles.
Byrne, Hickman & Partners
Byrne, Hickman & Partners is an independent physiotherapy center which was created in 1980 in Hong Kong. It provides various treatments such as: joint mobilization and manipulation, postural and ergonomic education, acupuncture and clinical pilates. Their physiotherapists were trained in Australia, The United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Their expertise is on back and neck pain, sports injuries, chronic pain, joint problems and postoperative rehabilitation.
They have 5 clinics in Hong Kong: Central, Tsim Sha Tsui, Shatin, Repulse Bay and Yuen Long. Check their locations here
CoreOFit offering physiotherapy treatments for all sorts of pains such as acute neck and back pain, headaches and migraine, pregnancy related pains or office ergonomic issues. This clinic offers services from 6am to 9:30pm for people with busy schedule. The two physiotherapists have special expertise in sport injuries, but welcome patients from all ages and conditions: from babies to the very elderly.
Honk Kong Sports Clinic
Hong Kong Sports Clinic has a team of four physiotherapists trained in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. They have a broad area of expertise going from sports injuries (swimming, running, cross-fit, tennis…) to desk job pain and pregnancy related pain. They offer many services including: dry needles, gerontological and neurological rehabilitation and yoga therapy.
Joint Dynamics is a specialised clinic located both in Central and Quarry Bay. Their team of physiotherapists provides many services such as treatments for daily life induced pain, post-operative rehabilitation, sports injuries, posture correction, pre and post-natal physiotherapy. They also offer chiropractic care, osteopathy and other services.
Central → 5th floor, Asia Standard Tower, 59-65 Queen’s Road, Central, Hong Kong
Quarry Bay → 12th Floor, Dorset House, 979 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Phone: 2762 0528
Contact: [email protected]
The Peak Performance clinic was founded in 2010. The clinic has three physiotherapists trained in New Zealand and Canada. The team expertise goes from muscle control, clinical Pilates, shoulder and knee injuries to postural problems, sports injuries and post-operative rehabilitation.
PhysioCentral was founded in 2003 has a team of six physiotherapists including a paediatric physiotherapist. They were trained in Australia, Hong Kong, London and The Netherlands. They have broad expertise for back and neck pain, sports accidents and injuries, treatment of chronic pain, desk job pain or rehabilitation after surgery.
PhysioMotion is a physiotherapy clinic that offers a holistic approach by biomechanical assessment. Their team includes physiotherapists trained in England, Australia, The United States and South Africa. Their experts treat spinal pain, post-pregnancy care and sport injuries. They also provide various services such as acupuncture, massage therapy, podiatric care, running assessments or vestibular and balance rehabilitation.
Does insurance usually cover physiotherapy treatments?
According to Alea most health insurance plans in Hong Kong cover physiotherapy under in-patient and out-patient care. It is important to note that most plans require a doctor referral letter to be eligible for reimbursement; especially so for series of treatments. Insurance plans usually limit physiotherapy treatment reimbursements and such limits can be: a maximum number of sessions pay year; a maximum overall amount per year; and/or a maximum amount per session. If you have any health insurance questions, contact Alea’s healthcare and health insurance advisors at [email protected].
This article is informative only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice and should never be relied upon for specific advice.