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Dr. Arnold Wong is a clinician-scientist. He attained his BSc in Biology from The University of Hong Kong, and BSc in Physiotherapy (first class honor) from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. After practicing as a physiotherapist in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for several years, he obtained his MPhil in Orthopaedics and Traumatology from The University of Hong Kong, and completed his PhD training from the University of Alberta, Canada. 

Dr. Wong’s research interests focus on identifying the mechanisms that lead to and maintain spinal disorders osteoarthritis, and musculoskeletal pain. Since the causes of spinal disorders (e.g., scoliosis) or musculoskeletal pain is multifactorial, Dr. Wong adopts multiple strategies (e.g. magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound imaging, spinal stiffness testing) to quantify the relative contributions of these factors in causing and maintaining pain. These findings can improve both researchers and clinicians in understanding and treating spinal disorders and musculoskeletal pain. 

Dr. Wong is ranked as one of the top 0.1% expert in back pain worldwide according to the Expertscape. He has received over 50 academic accolades from various agencies in Hong Kong, Canada, Switzerland, and the USA (e.g. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, SOSORT best paper award 2019, and International Association for the Study of Pain). His research has also resulted in multiple publications in peer-reviewed, international journals (e.g., The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Pain, Sleep Medicine Reviews, Scientific Reports, Spine, etc.). 

Research interests

  • Associations between spinal function and spinal pain
  • Spinal pain and aging
  • Psychological factors affecting spinal pain
  • Scoliosis and back pain
  • Epidemiology of back pain in different populations (e.g., dancers, teenagers, older adults)
  • Sleep and pain
  • Chronic pain and brain changes

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Diploma in Acupuncture for Physiotherapists, Sun Yat Sen University

Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Bachelor of Science in Biology, The University of Hong Kong

Master of Philosophy in Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong

Certificate in Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Management, The University of Hong Kong (School of Professional and Continuing Education)

Foundation Certificate in Nutrition (Weight Management), The University of Hong Kong (School of Professional and Continuing Education)

Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Alberta


  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine


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