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What are non-surgical treatment options for severe knee pain?

Orthopaedic Surgery Sport Medicine Health & Fitness TCM Knee Pain
What are the non-surgical treatment options for severe knee pain?
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Knee pain is a very common symptom, and should be worked up should the pain reach the severe level. The first and foremost is to identify the cause of the knee pain. There are many reasons, including wear and tear of the cartilage (arthritis), meniscus or tendon problems etc. It would be best to seek a consultation with an orthopaedic doctor first to diagnose the cause of the pain. This would include a thorough clinical history and physical examination. Radiological investigations like X-rays and MRIs may also be indicated.

Depending on what the diagnosis is, treatment can range from conservative (medication, physiotherapy- stretching, strengthening, ultrasound therapy, taping etc)) to injections or even surgery (arthroscopy (keyhole) or open). 

Hope this helps

Kind regards

Dr Sean Ng


Dr Sean Ng
MBBS, MMed Surgery, MRCS, FRCS

Ardmore Orthopaedic Clinic

3 Mount Elizabeth, #13-08 Medical Centre

Singapore 228510


781 views 17 Nov 2018

Thank you for the enquiry.

First and foremost, it is important that a proper assessment be done, so that we may pinpoint the cause of your knee pain. Causes include degeneration of the cartilage, bone spurs, ligament wear and tear, obesity, deformations etc. 

Nevertheless, painful conditions such as arthritis of the knee, can be effectively managed with TCM, especially acupuncture.

If you have not heard about it, acupuncture has been recognised by World Heath Organization as an effective modality for pain management. Depending on your condition, a herbal prescription may be recommended to complement acupuncture. Lifestyle and dietary habits may require modifications depending on individuals. 

I hope it helps! 

With regards, 

Physician Lee 


Lee Jin Shun
BSc (Biomedical Sciences), Bachelor in Medicine (Chinese Medicine), Beijing University of Chinese Medicine


786 views 16 Nov 2018
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