Jockey Club Children’s Spine Care Community Project
Posture awareness and spine health are getting more concern in school children. The aim of this programme is to promote the public awareness of good posture and provide screening and treatment services to the commonly found spinal deformity in adolescents, which is adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS). The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust financially supports this project and a team of healthcare professionals from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and its partner organisations conduct and manage its daily operation.
Provision of quality spine care for school children via education, screening, treatment and mutual support
- To improve the awareness of body posture and AIS through educational talks
- To conduct on-campus AIS screening programme
- To offer convenient and comprehensive treatment and follow-up services
- To promote psychological health of the children with AIS by organizing mutual support programme
- To explore an effective and efficient service provision model via establishing an outreaching and mutual - support service package
Our team of healthcare professionals provide a series of service. They include delivery of spine health talks to promote the importance of maintaining good posture and to provide information on AIS. The spine health talk is for whole school in order to let both students and teachers have better understanding on spine health. While the target population for scoliosis assessment are students at grades 4-6 at primary schools and grades 1-3 at secondary schools as they are at higher risk of developing AIS. Students will be assessed by our healthcare professionals. Our team will provide various interventions to students depending on the severity of their scoliosis, and they include general back exercises, physiotherapy and orthotic treatment and regular follow-ups will be arranged. Moreover, mutual support programme will be arranged as part of the treatment package. Communication and interaction among the peers will help children in developing social companionship and gaining emotional support. Experts will be invited to give talks to the mutual support groups.