Relieve Your Chronic Neck and Back Pain in As Fast As 2 Days
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Without Invasive Surgery or Painkillers

Only those who have experienced chronic pain themselves will know how devastating it can feel as a sufferer.

Over eight out of ten chronic pain sufferers report symptoms of depression and anxiety and it's clear as to why it happens.

It's a vicious cycle. You can't sleep at night and this further exacerbates the anxious feelings you have.

Individuals who were once cheerful now 

 It dampens your mood to the point you'rActivities you once enjoyed cease to excite you. Concentration at work becomes difficult and 


There are the late nights where it keeps you up awake for hours, leaving you in a state of fatigue the next day. You dislike how your mood stays perpetually low, but  Concentration at work becomes difficult and


It's a vicious cycle 

Sleeping becomes difficult, 

The pain makes it difficult to sleep, leading to insomnia


The pain keeps you up at night,  

You may be plagued with poor moods that feel so unlike yourself. Activities you once enjoyed cease to bring you joy. Concentration at work can become difficult and as your performance starts to slide,  it adds to the existing stresses you face.

  

If you're fortunate, you'll manage to seek a decent amount of relief. But for most, the relief is often shortlived or worse, experience no difference even as months go by.

You've read that physiotherapy offer a long-term solution towards reducing your pain by strengthening your muscle groups, but at times you might be at a stage where even simple exercises feel impossible.

It's exhausting. Your mood 


To make matters worse, the invisible nature of chronic pain often makes it difficult for even closes family and friends to empathise with the agony you're going through. 

These feelings of isolation often gives rise a dilemma.

As a chronic pain sufferer, you may be stuck between a rock and a hard place, wondering if you have to resign to a life of suffering and or undergo the highly invasive surgeries you so hoped to avoid.

But did you know that there’s actually an alternative option that's able to help relieve your chronic neck and back pain - without the need for highly invasive surgery?

Hi, my name is Dr. Ho Kok Yuen,

and I hold a MBBS and Master of Medicine in Anaesthesiology from the National University of Singapore and completed my overseas fellowship in management at Duke University thereafter.

Today, I'm the head specialist of The Pain Clinic where we specialise in Interventional Pain Management treatments where we help our patients relieve their chronic pain.

What makes this form of treatment unique is that it directly addresses the source of your pain by using pain blocking techniques that turn off, interrupt and even destroy your nerve’s ability to send pain messages to your brain.

Able to be carried out without major surgery and the prolonged postoperative rehabilitation that comes with it, it's a treatment that many chronic pain sufferers wished they had learned about sooner.

Still,  

Most importantly, they are able to have a taste of what it's like to live a normal, pain-free life once again as well as participate in the physiotherapy exercises they so needed, but couldn't previously as it was too excruciating.

The first step: Find Out What’s Causing Your Pain

We seek to learn exactly what causes your pain, be it poor posture, genetics, slipped discs or degeneration due to age.

It’s crucial as different causes of chronic neck and back pain are best treated with specific treatments.

For example, patients who experience neck and back pain with a shooting pain are most effectively treated with an epidural steroid injection while patients with facet joint pain will benefit most from medial branch blocks.

Depending on your symptoms, we may conduct the necessary diagnostics that include:

Comprehensive evaluation

Physical examination

Blood tests

Imaging studies (CT scan, MRI, X-rays, etc.)

*For patients who have already had previous MRI scans or diagnoses, we will be able to skip certain steps.

Relieve Yourself from Chronic Pain Today

At The Pain Clinic, we offer our patients a wide variety of effective, minimally invasive treatments based on pain’s condition and cause.

They include:


Radiofrequency Ablation


Radiofrequency (RF) ablation uses RF energy to generate heat for treating pain. Heat destroys signals within sensory nerves and effectively removes the source of pain coming from discs, joints or nerves.


Neurostimulation

Neurostimulation uses electricity to stimulate nerves or the spinal cord to block pain signals. It includes spinal cord stimulation and peripheral nerve field stimulation. Electric wires (leads) are surgically placed near painful nerves or next to the spinal cord. An implanted battery (pulse generator) is connect to these leads to stimulate the nerve or spinal cord, in turn blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain.


Targeted Drug Delivery (Intrathecal Drug Therapy)


A small, motorised pump is implanted under the skin to deliver medications via a small tube (catheter) directly into the spine to treat severe, intractable back pain, pelvic pain as well as cancer pain. Medications used include morphine, fentanyl and local anaesthetic drugs.


Facet Joint Injections or Medial Branch Nerve Blocks


Chronic neck or low back pain can result from the tiny joints in the spine called the facet joints. This condition is called facet joint syndrome and is very common in patients with cervical or lumbar spondylosis. Steroids and local anaesthetics can be injected into these joints to reduce pain and inflammation.

Suitable for:

  • Neck pain (cervical facet syndrome)
  • Low back pain (lumbar facet syndrome)

Disc Decompression & Biacuplasty / Annuloplasty


Herniated discs can be treated using minimally invasive needles that only require a small puncture through the skin.

Removing disc material with the needle shrinks the disc and reduces the compression on the nerve.

When the disc is also causing pain, biacuplasty or annuloplasty can be performed using radiofrequency energy to destroy nerves that carry pain signals through the outer layer of the disc.

Suitable for:

  • Herniated discs (slipped discs)
  • Sciatica (shooting pain or numbness in the legs)
  • Discogenic pain (neck or low back pain)

Epidural Steroid Injections or Nerve Root Blocks


Epidural steroids help reduce pain and inflammation at the painful disc, or next to the pinched nerve due to disc protrusion.

Suitable for:

  • Herniated discs (slipped discs)
  • Sciatica (shooting pain or numbness in the legs)
  • Discogenic pain (neck or low back pain)

Trigger point injections


Chronic muscle or myofascial pain due to injury or poor posture can be annoying and lead to persistent pain and stiffness. Trigger point injections with local anaesthetics or Botulinum toxin are effective in breaking the pain cycle and restoring muscle function. Coupled with the right stretching and strengthening exercises, myofascial pain can be treated.


Cooled Radiofrequency (RF)


An innovative RF technique that allows the creation of large-volume, spherical lesions to treat nerves that cause pain. Water is circulated through the RF device to cool the needle tip while treating a much larger area as compared to conventional RF.

As with any medical procedures, there are risks like likelihood of infection, low blood pressure, headache, nausea, injury to nerve tissue and several others.

Apart from conducting a proper patient medical assessment before any recommendations, we at The Pain Clinic believe in beginning with the most conservative treatments, only recommending Interventional Pain Management Treatments when patients have exhausted their options.

A holistic approach to relieving chronic pain

While blocking your pain signals and target the nerves does help to relieve pain, it is often not a long-term solution. Without proper exercises and correct posture, it is likely that your pain problems will remain or return.

At The Pain Clinic, we emphasize on providing a full range of treatments and services that involve various health care professionals.

By doing so, we are able to treat both the symptoms and the root causes of your condition, maximising the chances of relieving your chronic pain and allowing you to regain control of your life.

The various treatments include:

  • Physiotherapy & advice on exercises
  • Workplace ergonomics & posture
  • Mental health therapists to treat depression and anxiety

This holistic approach of blocking your pain as well as treating other factors that contribute to your pain will ensure you get the best possible chance to return to the active, pain-free life you once led.

What We Stand For

The Pain Clinic was founded as a response to ease the suffering of chronic pain patients and help enjoy active, healthy lives. 

We adopt a patient-centric approach, seeking to understand the profiles and backgrounds of our patients to ensure we are able to make the most suited recommendations for highest chances of recovery rates.

Dr. Ho was also the first pain physician to introduce cooled radiofrequency treatment for chronic pain patients in Singapore in 2006.

He has also conducted training for other doctors in South-east Asia, South Korea, Taiwan and Australia.

Book a Consultation Today

It is possible to relieve your chronic pain without the need for major surgeries.

With Interventional Pain Management Treatments, we can help you diagnose the root cause of your pain and address it effectively with various treatments depending on your condition.

Many patients share with us that they are better able to sleep at night, exercise, cease taking large doses painkillers they feared might hurt their organs and even play with their grandchildren.

Like them, you can live a pain-free life too.

Simply fill up the form below to arrange for a consultation session.

    Find Us


    The Pain Clinic
    820 Thomson Road #07-59
    Mt Alvernia Hospital Medical Centre D
    Singapore 574623


    Opening Hours:
    Monday - Friday:
    9 AM to 1 PM & 2 PM to 5 PM
    Sunday & Public Holiday
    Closed
    enquiries@thepainclinic.com.sg

    FAQs

    Frequently Asked Questions

    My pain is unbearable - how long do I need to wait before I can seek a consultation?

    Unlike public hospitals, we have a fast-track service available individuals who are experiencing immense pain.


    We are able to see you in as soon as one day. Simply fill up the form above and our staff will contact you as soon as possible.

    I've tried many treatments to no avail - will interventional pain management procedures work in my case?

    We can’t guarantee 100% success rates, but from our experience treating hundreds of patients, we’ve observed that nine in ten will experience significant relief after our treatments.


    This is because our procedures are capable of turning off and interrupting your nerve’s ability to send pain messages to your brain, and can even destroy signals in sensory nerves.

    Will there be any side effects or risks?

    As with all medical procedures, there are risks you may face too. 

    However, in general, the risk is low and complications are rare.

    My mother/father is suffering from chronic spine pain.  Can she/he be treated too?

    Most definitely.


    Many of the senior patients we have are brought to us by their children who seek to help them relieve their suffering. Just like how we’ve helped them, we can help you too.

    Will I be able to claim under Mediasave for these treatments?

    We are accredited by the Singapore Ministry of Health to submit Medisave claims for certain procedures performed in the clinic.


    If you are a Singaporean or a Permanent Resident, you may be able to claim part of your medical expenses from your Medisave Account.

    Medisave can also be used for patients themselves or for the account holders’ immediate family members i.e. spouses, parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren.


    Feel free to call us for more details on the procedures that are Medisave claimable.

    What about health insurance? Will the diagnostics and procedures be covered?

    Similarly to Medisave, many of our procedures are covered under most health insurance plans. To know exactly if your treatment will be claimable, simply call us for more in-depth information.

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