Knee Arthroscopy Shows Benefits For Many

A recent study has found knee arthroscopy procedures for knee joint meniscal injuries give patients improved function and less pain, despite recent publications questioning the value of this procedure. Some recently published reviews have raised concerns about the effectiveness of knee arthroscopy, particularly in patients who have knee osteoarthritis. A retrospective study conducted by orthopaedic…

Heed Your Heel Pain

Have you woken up in the morning, swung your feet over the side of the bed, and felt a stab of pain as you transfer your body weight to your feet for the first time that day? Or maybe you feel stabbing heel pain, numbness or tingling throughout the day when you get up and…

Managing pain

The World Health Organisation developed the analgesic ladder in 1986 to provide a framework for physicians to use when developing treatment plans for pain. The analgesic ladder helps medical practitioners prescribe the right medication for their patient’s pain. Starting with simple medications and adding strong pain medications allows the pain medications to work together for maximum benefit with the least side effects. Professor…

Letting go of pain

Many researchers have embarked on studies to better understand the nature of pain and the way our brains interpret it. To address the complex issues involved in managing pain, Anaesthetist and Pain Specialist Dr Tan stresses the importance of a multidisciplinary approach. “These days, we approach pain in a holistic way – we prescribe pain medications, certainly, but we work with other health…

Physio for pain relief

“Being relieved from pain is like being a captive set free,” says Ian Dowley, Director of Flex Physiotherapy, which specialises in treating upper limb, hand and wrist injuries. “Most people I see are experiencing some kind of pain and our role in treating pain begins with education.” Mr Dowley and his colleagues aim to help people understand their condition. The more fear…