Arnold Wong

BSc, BSc (PT), MPhil, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Research interests and skills

I have immense research interests in spinal biomechanics, low back pain, scoliosis, ergonomics, and dance medicine. I am currently working as an Assistant Professor at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I have experience in conducting systematic reviews, clinical trials, mechanistic studies and epidemiology research.



Ongoing research

  • A randomized controlled trial on prehabilitation for patients undergoing spinal surgery

  • Prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders among university students around the world

  • Trajectories of back pain in patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

  • Experiences of chronic back pain among older adults in different settings

  • Prevalence of dance injury and associated risk factors in professional, pre-professional, and amateur dancers


Research publications

  • Umer W, Antiwi M, Li H, Szeto G, Wong AYL. The global prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in the construction industry: A systematic review and meta-analysis. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health 2018;91:125-144. [Download here]

  • Wong AYL, Karppinen J, Samartzis D. Low back pain in older adults: risk factors, management options and future directions. Scoliosis Spinal Disord 2017;12:14. [Download here]

  • Antwi-Afari MF, Li H, Edwards D, Parn E, Seo, JO, Wong AYL. Biomechanical analysis of risk factors for work-related musculoskeletal disorders during repetitive lifting task in construction workers. Automation in Construction 2017;83:41-47. [Download here]

  • Wong AYL, Parent EC, Prasad N, Huang C, Chan KM, Kawchuk GN. Does experimental low back pain change posteroanterior lumbar spinal stiffness and trunk muscle activity? A randomized crossover study. Clin Biomch 2016:34:45-52.

  • Wong AYL, Parent EC, Dhillon S, Prasad N, Kawchuk GN. Do participants with low back pain who respond to spinal manipulative therapy differ biomechanically from non-responders, untreated or asymptomatic controls? Spine 2015;40:1329-1337.

  • Wong AYL, Parent EC, Funabashi M, Kawchuk GN. Do changes in transversus abdominis and lumbar multifidus during conservative treatment explain clinical outcomes related to non-specific low back pain? A systematic review. J Pain 2014;15:377.e1-35.

  • Wong AYL, Parent EC, Funabashi M, Stanton TR, Kawchuk GN. Do various baseline characteristics of transversus abdominis and lumbar multifidus predict clinical outcomes in non-specific low back pain? A systematic review. Pain 2013;154:2589-2602.