Identifying and Treating Knee Pains

Knee injuries are common, with sprains and strains among the most common types of knee injuries. A sprain occurs when the ligaments, the rugged bands of tissue that connect bones, are stretched or torn. On the other hand, a strain occurs when the muscles or tendons, the fibrous cords that connect muscles to bones, are stretched or torn.   Things you need to know about knee injuries: What causes knee pain?  Various factors, including injury, arthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis, can cause knee pain.   What are the symptoms of knee pain?  Symptoms of knee pain can include stiffness, swelling, redness,...

Signs you may need a knee replacement surgery

Are you experiencing knee pain? Dealing with mobility concerns like stiffness on the knee? Taking a rest and applying a cold compress may not be enough.   But is it really time for knee surgery?   If all the conservative treatments stopped working, a knee replacement surgery would be the best choice to get back to life. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS), it's a safe procedure and has a very high success rate. The AAOS estimates that 90% of modern total knee replacements still work after 15 years.   You may need a little help after...

When to see a knee doctor

When to see a doctor for knee pain?

If you're experiencing knee pain, there's a good chance that you'll need to see a doctor. But what are the telltale signs that it's time for a visit? In this blog post, we'll discuss the most common symptoms of knee pain and when you should go see a doctor. Keep reading to learn more! If you're like most people, you'll experience some degree of knee pain at some point in your life. It can be caused by a variety of things, from aches and pains associated with aging, to sports injuries. While not always serious, it's important to know the...

Ankle Pain - When to see a Doctor?

When to See a Doctor for an Ankle Pain?

Ankle pain is a common injury with various causes. From a sprain to a sudden onset of a painful sensation, ankle pain hinders one in functioning normally. There are degrees of pain that we could all handle with a couple of ibuprofen and a compress but there are cases wherein a doctor’s visit is warranted. Singaporeans are all familiar with ankle pain—having been working and running errands all day. While some can handle the ache with simple massages, liniment oils, pain-relief patches, and even drinking generic ibuprofen and other NSAIDs, it is still best to monitor your ankle and look...

Dr Tan Chin Yik is a specialist at the Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic.

Feature from CNA: Is High Intensity Training For Me? Interview with Dr Tan Chin Yik

SINGAPORE: She was about to cross the road when her legs gave way, and she fell. She got up but fell again on the way to the bus stop. [caption id="attachment_4675" align="alignnone" width="830"] Talking Point host Steven Chia channels the Eye of the Tiger.[/caption] The 21-year-old had just come from a fitness studio, where she’d had an intensive 50-minute cycling workout in her very first Spinning class. What happened to her after that, however, was more than just a case of physical exertion. Her legs were still painful the next day, so she went to a clinic. Following a blood...

Foot Pain When Walking

Foot Pain when Walking – Causes, Treatment and Prevention

Walking is the fundamental movement skill used in everyday activities, but overtime, it will lead to stress and pain of the feet, which are common and many people do not think much of it until the pain persists and affects their daily activities. Learn more about how to spot early signs of foot pain and what causes them, how to treat foot pain, and how to take precautions to avoid foot pain. Read More

Effective Ways to Relieve Back Pain

How to Relieve Back Pain – 3 Most Effective Ways

The most common form of back pain is associated with occupational and postural habits. Poor posture while sitting at the desk, lifting objects improperly, contact sports, and carrying an overloaded backpack daily, are examples of activities that can cause repetitive stress on your back muscles. This muscle strain can affect both the upper and lower parts of your back, and the higher the pain is in the back, the more serious the potential problems can become. Read More