Medical Articles

Knee Pain: Fat Pad Irritation or Hoffa’s Syndrome
01 Dec 2011, 12:12 pm

Fat pad irritation (Hoffa’s syndrome) is a condition that falls under the broad umbrella of knee dysfunction leading to anterior knee pain. It is a potential source of pain referral to the anteromedial knee and a source of pain in knee osteoarthritis.

Is Traction Effective in Treating Neck and Back Pains? The jury is still out.
12 Nov 2011, 2:40 pm

Today while not done in the same manner, traction remains a popular treatment modality for the management of spinal complaints. It is common for patients to attend physiotherapy clinics requesting traction, doctors to refer patients suggesting that the individual may benefit from a course of traction, and hospital-based physiotherapy sessions to consist of weekly sessions of mechanical traction.

Missed upper thoracic syndrome
01 Nov 2011, 12:28 pm

Musculoskeletal problems stemming from the upper thoracic spine are often missed or misdiagnosed as cervical in nature, by both physiotherapists and medical professionals alike. This leads to partial or non resolution of the client’s symptoms, leaving the health professional confounded and client helpless and frustrated. This article discusses how this may happen and looks at the diagnosis and management of a client who had both cervical and thoracic problems, but presented like a cervical disc lesion.

Office Ergonomics or The Lack of It
12 Sep 2011, 2:38 pm

A large number of people who seek medical help for their musculoskeletal problems usually present with neck, shoulder and back pains. These clients are often deskbound at work and with the increase use of computers, it is no wonder the incidence of spinal pains is on the rise.

Back to Sports: Advanced Knee Rehabilitation
12 Aug 2011, 2:40 pm

Knee Injury is one of the most common injuries sustained in sports. It can be in the form of meniscal or ligamentous injury, the most notorious being the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) tear. As a result of such injuries, athletes often get frustrated as they are unable to perform at their best or even engage in the sport itself. More often than not, athletes do not manage their injuries well and many will attempt to return to sports much earlier than optimal and usually end up worse than before.

How to Reduce the Risk of Serious Spinal Pain in the Office
12 Jul 2011, 2:40 pm

Spinal pain is the second largest cause of work absenteeism and the largest cause of lost productivity in the workplace. And musculoskeletal complaints are the most common medical cause of long term work absence, accounting for over half of all the sickness absences lasting more than 2 weeks

Physical Rehabilitation After Breast Cancer
12 Jun 2011, 2:48 pm

Breast cancer is ranked the top in types of cancer that affects Singaporean women. It affects up to 1-in-13 women during their lifetime. Disease free survival after diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer has been reported as between 63%-74% at 10 years, with overall survival rate of 63-86%. Therefore it has become the focus of rehabilitation to optimise the quality of care and survival, as well as quality of living of women diagnosed with breast cancer

Cervicogenic Headache: Physiotherapy Assessment and Managment
12 Apr 2011, 2:48 pm

Approximately 70% of the people who suffer from frequent intermittent headache complain of neck symptoms. This proposes the possible relationship between the cervical spine and headache. Such cervical spine related headaches are termed as Cervicogenic headache. As always, an accurate diagnosis is important in the effective treatment of the headache

Chronic Pain: Altered Pain Processing Mechanisms And Central Sensitization
12 Mar 2011, 2:48 pm

It is estimated that 10-20% of the general population is affected by chronic pain. Studies regarding chronic widespread pain in the US and the UK have suggested that around 10-11% have permanent symptoms whereas chronic regional pain was estimated to occur in 20-25% of the population with women are 1.5 times more likely to be affected than men

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Non-operative Management
12 Feb 2011, 2:48 pm

Disorders from the repetitive or cumulative trauma in the wrist and hand may lead to significant loss of hand function and lost work time. The causes of such injures are related to repeated movements over an extended period of time. The resulting inflammation can affect muscle, tendon, synovial sheaths, and nerves. One of such a repetitive stress syndrome is carpal tunnel syndrome

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