Singapore Physiotherapy for Back Pain or Neck Pain

Despite the conveniences of a modern lifestyle, stress concerns and a lack of exercise can introduce multiple discomforts in our lower backs and neck. Fortunately, physiotherapy can address the common causes of back, neck pain and other various physical ailments.

Core Concepts is the largest private Singapore Physiotherapy group practice that offers accurate assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions – problems that affect the muscles, bones and joints such as back pains and neck pains.

WHY US? LEADING PHYSIOTHERAPY CLINIC GROUP IN SINGAPORE

Singapore Physiotherapists AHPC Registered
QUALIFIED & REGISTERED PHYSIOS

Our physiotherapists (or physical therapists) are qualified from leading institutions from Singapore, Australia, UK, and the US. Core Concepts is registered with the Ministry of Health in Singapore under the Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC).

Team Based Multi-Disciplinary Physiotherapy Group
PREFERRED PHYSIOTHERAPY CLINIC GROUP

Since 2003, Core Concepts is the largest private practice group in Singapore for physiotherapy, we firmly believe in the one-on-one approach, tackling each case with a fresh view to best resolve your pain and conditions. We only treat our clients using the same techniques we would use on ourselves and our loved ones.

Evidence Based Rehabilitation Treatment
EVIDENCE BASED PHYSIOTHERAPY

We ground our clinical approach and the techniques on evidence-based medicine and physiotherapy to address your underlying pain condition. We are firm believers in the need to be at the forefront of the latest and well-designed research.

Largest Multi-Discipline Team-Based in Singapore
MULTI-SPECIALITY PHYSIO TEAM

Our multi-speciality team located in each clinic includes wellness instructors in addition to physiotherapy specialists, such as functional trainers, sports massage therapists and Pilates instructors, because we bring expert depth and perspectives to focus and drill down to the underlying cause of your physical pain.

Conditions and Pains Our Physiotherapist Treat

The optimal physiotherapy recovery requires an accurate diagnosis through clinical reasoning followed by a strong ability to treat. Our physiotherapist delivers personalised physio care plans that effectively relieves pain, restores your strength and mobility while preventing further injuries.

ACL Injury • Ankle Sprains • Back Pain  •  Headaches • Diastasis Recti  •  Frozen Shoulder • Knee Osteoarthritis  •  Neck Pain • Nerve Impingement • Sciatica  •  Rotator Cuff Pain • Slipped Disc  • Tennis Elbow • Pregnancy-related Pains • WhiplashSports massage

Physiotherapy Clinics Locations

Our clients have access options to Core Concepts Singapore physiotherapy clinics, with 5 physio clinics located near you at convenient locations from MRT stations or are otherwise easily accessible, with extended hours at some locations.



4.8
Based on 217 reviews
I was recommended by my spine specialist to have my physio sessions at Core Concepts. I started my sessions on 29th April at the Harbourfront branch. My condition has now improved greatly and I now, no longer need to do a weekly session. A big thank you to my therapist Ms Lenia Teo . She is excellent, very knowledgable and taught me exercises/strength training to help me in my journey to recovery. Also I would like to commend Ms Daphne for her excellent front desk service. She never fails to greet her clients with a bright smile and she remembers the clients name. Very impressive indeed. Very grateful to have met an excellent team of therapist and staffs at Harbourfront. Thank you.
Annie A Sng
Annie A Sng
10:56 17 Aug 21
Li Hoong is a very dedicated sports massage therapist and functional trainer. Her ultimate goal is the client's holistic well-being. Highly recommend.
Pei Yee Wong
Pei Yee Wong
02:56 20 Sep 17
Tampines Branch

Fantastic place - Yee Lin who minds the front desk is friendly and jovial, exuding warmth when you step into the clinic! Sylvia is very motherly she “scolds/nags” cause she really cares about you, she explains conditions meticulously, providing you concrete exercises to minimise future reoccurrence and wants you to get well. Grace is gentle, thoughtful takes time to go through my issues, finding the cause and resolving it. Jonathan is very patient in guiding me through the workout plans which did wonders to my shoulders and back. After a few sessions I don’t feel so much pain as I did before am half way through to recovery. Am very impressed with all the therapists professionalism, thorough in diagnosing, recommending the right exercises to fix the issue. I highly recommend them.
Wendy Shen
Wendy Shen
02:55 16 Sep 21
Comprehensive range of treatment. I had a lower back injury and was prescribed sessions with the physiotherapist, massage and functional training. These have helped tremendously to not only treat the immediate issues, but also care for it myself moving forward so that I don't have to land back here with similar problems.
Giant Cradle
Giant Cradle
07:03 17 Nov 20
I go to Novena and Cheryl is my therapist. She was upfront from the get go about my neck condition. I liked her honesty and said we'll give it a try. I was better after 4 weekly sessions and continued to go to her every 2 weeks. With her help I am in a better condition, had to put in effort on the exercises she taught me as well.
Tania Chevrez
Tania Chevrez
12:22 21 Sep 17
Popped by Core Concepts recently for injury to my back/neck region, and I’ve seen significant improvement since then! I greatly appreciate how detailed and meticulous the guys at Core Concept are in diagnosing, providing consult/explanation/practical tips and treating the injuries. Scheduling appointments are relatively convenient as there are various channels (eg call, SMS) to pick from, and the automated SMS reminders are useful of keeping track thereafter. Receptionists and Therapists are generally pretty friendly yet professional, which makes for a conducive environment to get treated at!
Joel Tian
Joel Tian
01:27 27 Nov 19
Honestly I do look forward to the session every week! The physiotherapists and other staff are very accommodating, efficient and professional. It does take awhile for my body to adapt and improve but I always felt better after every session. The therapists helped me understand well what the root causes to my pain are and how to overcome it with postures, simple to advanced exercises which are great, as I don’t have to be reliant on them in the long run.
Nhi Nguyen
Nhi Nguyen
09:15 24 Sep 21
If you are looking for a physio that takes a holistic approach this is definitely the place to go. They not only offer physio but also massage, Pilates and functional training. They all work hand in hand based on the program created by the physio.I m so happy that I found them to work on my lower back problems.
Fränze Kocaman
Fränze Kocaman
02:39 17 Aug 21
I have been experiencing great pain on my shoulder coupled with occasional numbness on my arm. Thanks to Ken Liew, I felt so much relieved after my first session. He was very patient and knowledgeable and had definitely made my 1st visit to a physiotherapy clinic a very memorable one. Thank you so much Ken
Bee Choo Gian
Bee Choo Gian
08:38 13 Dec 17
After many different physio and massage sessions in different places, my experience with the core concepts team has been the best. I started seeing them for sports massage, and now for my knee rehab. The level of care and attention makes me want to do more for myself. Isn't this most important when one tend to slack off with the prescribed exercises?
YitKoon Gan
YitKoon Gan
02:05 10 Jun 17

*Disclaimer: The testimonials, statements, and opinions presented on our website are applicable to the individuals depicted. Results will vary and may not be representative of the experience of others.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Physiotherapy in Singapore?
  • Physiotherapy is a science-based profession that involves the prevention, assessment and treatment of disorders of human movement due to physical disabilities, trauma or illness. It helps patients relieve pain, improve muscle strength, joint range and mobility, increase exercise tolerance and improve respiratory function. It takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and well-being, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle.

    Physiotherapy is based on principles of medical science and it is not related to any specific “technique” as typically associated with some of the alternative medicine treatments.

    Physiotherapy as a health professional field employs any medically proven technique that is effective and “documentation-based” i.e. verifiable results from research and tests.

  • What are the fields of practice for Physiotherapists?
  • Physiotherapy is an extremely wide field of practice. Singapore physiotherapists generally focus on a one or two of these fields below:

    • Burns and Plastics Surgery Rehabilitation
    • Cardio-respiratory Physiotherapy
    • Chronic Pain Management
    • Child Developmental Assessment/Therapy
    • Gerontology
    • Care of the elderly
    • Neurological Rehabilitation
    • Head injury, stroke and neurological diseases
    • Orthopaedics
    • Paediatrics, Child Developmental Assessment/Therapy
    • Sports Physiotherapy
    • Women’s Health
    • Palliative Care
  • Core Concepts specialises in which areas?
  • At Core Concepts, we focus on a narrow set of musculoskeletal-based practice fields such as

    • Chronic Pain Management
    • Neurological Rehabilitation
    • Stroke and neurological diseases
    • Orthopaedics
    • Paediatrics (Orthopaedics)
    • Sports Physiotherapy
    • Women’s Health
  • Are Singapore Physiotherapists licensed or registered with the Ministry of Health?
  • Yes. Specifically, Singapore physiotherapists are governed by the Allied Health Professionals Act. Physiotherapists are required to be registered with the Allied Health Professionals Council to practice in Singapore.

  • What are the required qualifications?
  • Physiotherapy is generally a degree-based profession. In Australia and the UK, it is very extensive 4-year full-time bachelor degree programme, similar to an engineering degree.

    In the United States, to practice as a physical therapist is today requires a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

    There is a trend today to require an increasingly higher academic requirement to practice for new practitioners. Australia for one is gradually moving to a Master’s requirement (following a bachelor degree  in physiotherapy). This is a result of the amount of learning needed to be competent.

  • How is Physiotherapy different from other Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM)?
  • Complementary Alternative Medicine is any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine but is not based on evidence gathered using the scientific method. Examples of alternative medicine include homeopathy, naturopathy and chiropractic.

    Physiotherapy on the other hand is Evidence-based medicine (EBM) (also called evidence-based health care (EBHC) or evidence-based practice (EBP) to broaden its application from medicine to the allied health professions) is “the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.

  • Physiotherapists seem to do the same things as with some Complementary Alternative Medicine techniques. How is that different?
  • How is it different from massage? How is different from gym exercises? They also ‘cracked’ my neck.

    This is perhaps the most confusing aspect of the profession when compared some of the CAM like massage or tui-na. The simplest analogy is to think about traditional herbal medicine and modern pharmacology.

    There is often something going for a specific traditional herbal medicine for a specific condition but can often also be hit-and-miss.In some cases, the patient would have recovered regardless of any treatment. The human body is designed to heal on its own after all.

    Modern pharmacological studies these case to see if they work (empirically and not because of random chance) and if yes, to understand why it works, what it is that is working (active ingredient) and is specifically what situations they work best such a dosage and if there are any side-effects with or without other medication.

    Physiotherapy is similar in the sense that is take and distills down what works with Evidence Based Medicine. A general massage may seem to work but a physiotherapist may be more effective by focusing on very specific muscles (there are lots of them) and applying very specific techniques. Sometimes the understanding of the underlying problem is not based on scientific evidence such as innate intelligence

    Sometimes a general approach may be good enough. Other times, you may required a much more targeted approach to cross over a healing hurdle towards getting better.

  • Will I be better after one session?
  • In most cases NO. It all depends on the type of injury and whether the problem is acute or chronic.
    Lets take the analogy of when a preson is ill and requires antibiotics for an infection. You would not just take one pill and expect to get better? You would be expected to complete the full course of antibiotics similarly physiotherapy to treat a musculoskeletal problem will entail more than just one session.

    In the acute phase initial treatment will focus on protective measures to reduce inflammation and scarring. In chronic patients, the nature of chronicity will mean changes to posture, movement patterns, muscles, joints as well as anxiety levels. All these things will therefore take time to change.

    In most cases, there will be a combination of both muscle and joint involvement. Muscles are tight, stressed, strained all describing the same phenomena. Muscle can also be weak and therefore painful when exerted. In this instance a person may benefit from strengthening and stretching exercises all which will take a little time to achieve.

    If the joint is the source of pain, it may be mal-aligned, stiff, bruised and in the worst case scenario be sore due to a fracture.

    Again it is the role of the physiotherapists to decide what he/she feels is the best treatment modality to reduce the joint abnormality and thus the patients symptoms. However one session of joint mobilising may not be enough or be too painful, if for example the joint has been stiff for a year. Therefore more often than not a several sessions are required to loosen and mobilise the joint effectively.

    After the initial assessment the physiotherapist should have a good idea about the prognosis of your condition and should be able to provide you with a rough estimate of how many session you will need and over what period.

  • Can you not see me once a week?
  • Well the answer is of course yes and obviously depends on the problem itself, but would you like to feel better after 2-3 weeks or drag your symptoms out over 6-8 weeks?
    Expanding on the previous analogy whilst taking antibiotics you would not suggest taking the pill once a week only, instead of the recommended daily suggestion; you would follow the prescription that the doctor or pharmacist best advises for you.

    Spreading sessions out on a weekly basis especially during the initial phase can mean that any loosening of stiff joints, stretching of muscles achieved during the session of physiotherapy may be lost in 7 days of you doing the “incorrect activities” that caused your pain in the first instance. This may mean that each week you return for physio potentially back at square one with slower and smaller progression. So more frequent sessions in a shorter period will allow the therapist to keep a close eye on your symptoms, activity and achieve faster progressions. The frequency of sessions may tail off as a person is closer to being discharged.

    In addition shorter session of physio (half hourly) may be more useful than hourly sessions during the acute and inflamed stage of an injury in particular, as too much mobilising, stretching and strengthening of aggravated tissue may worsen symptoms, so gentle and often is often the better approach.

  • I Feel 90% better and wish to discontinue treatment?
  • Now this is something which you may think, and in some instances 90% is as best as you are going to get, as is the nature of some injuries.
    Again drawing on the antibiotics analogy you would have to complete the full course of treatment for the full effect of treatment, you would not stop taking the antibiotics as soon as you think your feeling better if your GP/ Phramacist has advised you to take the course of antibiotics for ten days.

    Similarly in physiotherapy, if your someone who comes in for a quick fix, an example being a low back strain, your initial sessions will consist of reducing the symptoms and pain. This will be mobilising the joint that is stiff, releasing the muscle spasms and inflammation, and this alone may require 2-3 sessions depending on its severity.

    At this point you may feel your back is pretty much better, however your back has not been strengthened and is therefore at great risk of recurrent injuries. You may also not have received all the information for normal movement; you may not be aware of what faulty movement actually caused your strain or not had the chance to process it due to the previous pain. This could mean you return to your normal day-day activities with a weaker back and continue to do the things that may be strain your back.

    The problem with repeating this cycle, is each time you strain your back, it produces scar tissue in the affected ligaments and muscles. Scar tissue at its best, will never be as strong or as tensile as muscle tissue and therefore will further compromise the integrity of the affected structures leading to an even greater risk of recurrent injuries.

    Hence it makes more sense to reduce your initial symptoms, learn how to look after your back, discover what is straining your back and strengthen your core muscles with individually prescribed exercises.

  • Should I get a sports massage 24 hours before my event?
  • Yes, you can. However, do let your massage therapist know so that he or she can avoid going full on with the massage. Too intensive a massage will result in your muscles being too relaxed. This effect muscle recruitment later during your event. You will experience a lack of power and slower firing of the muscles. A full deep sports massage is fine 48 hours before your event.

    For pre-event massage, like an hour before the event is usually light and aims to limber up the muscles. Not relax it as in the usual sports massage sessions.

  • Should I get a sports massage after my event?
  • It is a prudent to wait several hours after the end of the race. See here for an explanation.

  • Should I get a sports massage during training?
  • There are no hard and fast rules as too how often you should get a massage. It depends on the intensity of your training and the propensity for your muscles to tighten up. High-level competitive athletes get massaged once a day to help them recover from an intense training session.  Other athletes get a massage 1-2 times every week.

  • Should I get a sports massage for my injured shoulder / back ?
  • If the underlying cause of your injury is unknown, it is advisable to seek an opinion of a health professional like physiotherapist to first identify it. It is always possible for a massage to further aggravate your condition if massage is not the appropriate approach for relief.

  • Will I get a full body massage during the 1-hour
  • Unlike a spa setting, our aim to not relax your mind but to manage your muscles needs. Typically, for 1-hour will either focus on your lower body e.g. calfs, thigh or upper body. For a full body coverage, clients usually schedule for a 1.5 – 2 hour session.

  • What is the difference between sports massage and physiotherapy?
  • Sports massage aims to release muscle tightness and/or help it recover from intense training. Sports massage does not correct or indentify causes of injuries such as bio-mechanical faults, issues with the joints. Nonetheless,  some sports massage therapist have gained additional training and or accumulated significant amounts of experience with certain injuries. But rehabilitation is not a area of focus and training for sports massage therapists.

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