When Do I Need To Visit An Orthopaedic Clinic In Singapore?

When Do I Need To Visit An Orthopaedic Clinic In Singapore?

In Singapore’s fast-paced society, it is common for many of us to delay seeking treatment for minor symptoms until they become severe and impact our quality of life. Too often, this results in a longer time for recovery as well as higher medical costs incurred. If you experience any of these symptoms, do arrange for a prompt visit to an orthopaedic clinic in Singapore for effective treatment.

You experience chronic joint or muscle pain.

Chronic joint or muscle pain can arise from various orthopaedic conditions, with the number of Singaporeans experiencing it increasing in recent years. They can range from musculoskeletal injuries sustained during constant overuse of muscles while engaging in sports, to conditions usually associated with age such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

If left untreated, chronic pain can adversely affect your body’s cardiovascular, immune, and neurological systems, which can leave you vulnerable to other health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Orthopaedic surgeons at orthopaedic clinics in Singapore will be able to effectively diagnose your condition and prescribe necessary medication such as NSAIDs, as well as other treatments such as injections, physical therapy and joint replacement surgery if required. 

You have difficulty engaging in daily activities and sports.

Orthopaedic injuries can hinder your ability to engage in both daily activities and active sporting. You may experience stiffness, reduced range of motion, weakness when reaching for items or carrying them, or discomfort when staying in a fixed position. If prolonged, this can lead to adverse impacts on not just your physical wellbeing but your mental health as well, with even basic tasks bringing about discomfort and pain.

An orthopaedic clinic in Singapore usually incorporates rehabilitation exercises as part of a personalised exercise plan that you can do from the comfort of your home. These exercises strengthen your body and reduce stress on your joints and muscles, allowing you to rebuild your strength and ability to handle daily tasks or return to your previous intensity of sports.

You experience joint instability or deformity.

Joint instability is when the weakening of tissues prevents the proper holding of your joints in place, which can be a result of dislocation, trauma, repetitive motion, or congenital. It is characterised by reoccuring dislocations, sensations of looseness of the joint, along with pain, numbness, and tingling. Joint deformity occurs when the cartilage and tissues that hold your joints in place weaken, usually as a result of arthritis in your hands and feet.

Over time, joint instability and deformity can result in significant discomfort, as well as affecting self-esteem due to the way that your joints may pop out. Orthopaedic clinics in Singapore are well versed in treating both joint instability and deformity. Treatments include prescribing NSAIDs and corticosteroids, using splints or braces, or surgery. 

Your recent injury has not improved.

Many Singaporeans lead active lifestyles, and so sporting injuries are an unfortunate but common affair. Minor injuries such as sprains and strains can often be treated immediately using the RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compression, & Elevation) along with sufficient rest, which relieves pain and swelling as well as promotes healing and flexibility to allow for a proper recovery. However, in cases where pain does not go away after 48 hours, or if you experience weakness and reduced range of motion, you are recommended to arrange for a visit to an orthopaedic clinic in Singapore

Our resident orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Kannan, has extensive experience in treating a wide range of orthopaedic conditions. Dr Kannan and his staff adopt a patient-centric approach that combines expertise and empathy to provide comprehensive care for your orthopaedic condition.

Looking for a reputable orthopaedic clinic in Singapore to seek proper diagnosis and treatment? Contact us today to find out more about our services.