Knee Pain Causes and Treatments at SSOC Singapore

Conquering Knee Pain

Living in the vibrant city of Singapore, it’s easy to forget about your knees until they scream, “OUCH!” Knee pain can dampen your active lifestyle, whether you’re conquering Mount Faber or exploring the bustling streets. But don’t worry! Understanding the common culprits behind knee pain is the first step to getting back on your feet.

The Usual Suspects: What’s Bugging Your Knee?

  • Osteoarthritis: This age-related wear and tear on the cartilage is a top contender. Imagine sandpaper rubbing on bone—not pleasant, right? Climbing stairs or squatting can trigger the ouch factor.
  • Meniscal Tears: These tough pads cushion your knee joint, but twisting or forceful movements can lead to tears, giving you that “locked knee” feeling.
  • Ligament Strains or Sprains: Overdoing it during your HIIT session? Are you overenthusiastic about the Zumba moves? You might have stretched or torn these stabilizing knee ligaments, making your knee feel unsafe and painful.
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS): This fancy term means kneecap pain. Overuse, misalignment, or weak surrounding muscles can make your kneecap rub against the thigh bone, causing that achy sensation.
  • Runner’s Knee: Feeling pain behind your kneecap after hitting the pavement? Repetitive stress from running can irritate the iliotibial band, a tendon on the outside of your knee.
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Beyond the Basic Suspects of Knee Pain:

While the usual suspects like osteoarthritis and sports injuries dominate the knee pain scene, other culprits lurk in the shadows:

  • Bursitis: Inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs protecting your knee can cause sharp pain with movement.
  • Tendinitis: Overuse of tendons around the knee can lead to painful inflammation, especially in athletes.
  • Gout: This crystal-induced joint inflammation can attack your knee with sudden, excruciating pain.
  • Septic Arthritis: A rare but serious infection in the knee joint requires immediate medical attention.
  • Baker’s cyst: This fluid-filled swelling behind the knee can be a symptom of other knee problems.

The Importance of Early Diagnosis:

Ignoring knee pain won’t make it disappear. Early diagnosis at SSOC ensures you get the right treatment before the problem worsens. Their diagnostic arsenal includes the following:

  • Detailed Physical Examination: SSOC’s expert doctors assess your movement, range of motion, and pain points to pinpoint the origin of the problem.
  • Imaging Techniques: From X-rays and MRIs to ultrasound scans, SSOC utilizes advanced technology to visualize the internal structures of your knee and identify any damage.
  • Blood Tests: Sometimes, blood tests may help rule out underlying conditions like gout or infections.

Treatment Tailor-Made for You:

At SSOC, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to knee pain. You’ll receive a personalized treatment plan based on your diagnosis, activity level, and overall health. Here’s a peek into the pain-busting toolbox:

  • Non-Invasive Options: Rest and Ice: The classic duo often brings initial relief, especially for acute injuries.
  • Pain Management: Over-the-counter medication or injections can help manage discomfort.
  • Physiotherapy: Targeted exercises strengthen muscles, improve flexibility, and prevent future episodes.
  • Bracing and Taping: Support braces or taping can stabilize your knee and alleviate pain.
  • Minimally Invasive Procedures – Arthroscopy: Minimally invasive surgery using a tiny camera and instruments to repair damaged cartilage, ligaments, or tendons.
  • Injections: Cortisone or hyaluronic acid injections can reduce inflammation and lubricate the joint.
  • Surgery: In rarer cases, more extensive surgery, like knee replacement, may be necessary for severe osteoarthritis or significant joint damage.

Your Recovery Partner: SSOC Physiotherapy:

SSOC’s expert physiotherapists are your guides back to pain-free movement. They’ll design a personalized rehabilitation program with:

  • Strengthening Exercises: Build muscle power and stability around your knee to prevent future injuries.
  • Flexibility Training: Improve your range of motion and keep your joints lubricated.
  • Gait Analysis and Retraining: Correct any movement patterns contributing to your pain.
  • Education and Self-Management Techniques: Learn how to manage pain and prevent future flare-ups.

What to Expect at SSOC:

  • Detailed Diagnosis: Forget the guesswork. SSOC uses advanced diagnostic tools and a comprehensive physical examination to pinpoint the exact cause of your knee pain.
  • Tailored Treatment Plans: From non-invasive options like physiotherapy and pain management to minimally invasive surgeries, SSOC offers a range of solutions that suit your needs and goals.
  • Suitable Rehabilitation: SSOC’s physiotherapists guide you through personalized exercises and strategies to strengthen your knees, improve mobility, and prevent future flare-ups.

SSOC: Your Knee Pain Allies in Singapore

The Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic (SSOC) is your one-stop shop for conquering knee pain. Their team of highly skilled orthopaedic specialists and physiotherapists has seen it all when it comes to knees, and they’re equipped to tackle your pain with a personalized approach.

Don’t let knee pain steal your spirit! Take action today and Contact us for a consultation. Find our clinic here. Take control of your knee health and return to conquering the city, one pain-free step at a time!

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