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Pain Management

The Pain Management Clinic at SKH is set up to serve patients in Singapore with pain disorders. Our team helps to restore function and manage chronic pain of patients via a biological-psychological-social (“bio-psycho-social”) approach by addressing the medical, physical and psychological aspects of pain.

This one-stop pain management centre is staffed by a team of internationally trained pain specialists, dedicated nurses, physiotherapists and psychologists who are committed to providing the best possible specialty care⁠—safely and effectively. We also have onsite acupuncturists to provide adjuvant management to a wide variety of pain conditions. We collaborate closely with other specialties such as orthopaedic, general surgery, psychiatry and internal medicine to provide quality care for our patients. We also accept outpatient referrals from polyclinics and GPs to co-manage patients with chronic pain conditions.

Our Mission

SKH Pain Management Centre is established with the mission to improve the quality of lives of patients with chronic cancer and non-cancer pain. We aim to restore function and improve management of chronic pain thorugh a holistic approach that address the medical, physical and psychological aspects of pain.

Our Vision

We are committed to delivering comprehensive and effective treatment to our patients in a holistic and compassionate environment. In addition to clinical management, we strive to stay ahead of advancements in pain education, research and clinical care. The Pain Management care team comprises physicians who are defining the field of pain medicine. Our doctors conduct well-known innovative research on methods to improve pain management, serve in leadership positions at relevant medical societies, speak at national and international conferences, publish frequently and teach courses on trends in pain medicine.

We continue to educate physicians, nurses and patients about the prevention and management of pain through forums and workshops. We also collaborate with regional and international pain centres to maintain and upgrade standards of pain practice in order to provide the highest quality of care to our patients.


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Pain Management Conditions We Treat

Chronic pain conditions (list not exhaustive)

Chronic pain is pain that is persistent and ongoing over a long period of time. This kind of pain usually persists despite medication or treatment and can be a result of an injury that occurred a long time ago. Some of the chronic pain conditions that our team of pain management specialists treats include (but are not limited to):

Chronic pain conditions (list not exhaustive)

  • Low back pain
    • Arthritis
    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Nerve Involvement
    • Mechanical low back pain

Pain Management Treatments Offered

We offer a comprehensive range of treatment services for patients with chronic pain. 

Along with our holisitic bio-psycho-social management, we provide pain education and assessment of our patients, along with medication titration, counselling and interventional pain management where suitable. The goals of interventional pain management is to relieve, reduce or manage pain and improve a patient’s overall quality of life through minimally invasive techniques specifically designed to diagnose and treat painful conditions. In addition to common treatments such as epidural injections, nerve blocks, joint and trigger point injections, we also perform more advanced interventions such as radiofrequency thermoablation, neurostimulation as well as intrathecal drug delivery systems.

Some of the procedures we offer include:

We work closely with our physiotherapists to optimise our patients' function.

Our holistic management includes psychological assessment and interventions, with psychiatry collaborations where necessary. We also recognise the social aspects and implications of chronic pain. As such, our team supports patients with frequent check-ins by our nurses, and referrals to pharmacists, social workers and community-based care where appropriate.


What qualifies as chronic pain?

Chronic pain is usually defined as pain lasting for more than 3 months or longer than the expected recovery period. Often this pain is debilitating, persistent and remains present despite medication or treatment. There are many types of chronic pain which include nerve pain, pain from bones, muscles and joints, back pain, and cancer pain. If you’re experiencing chronic pain, we recommend visiting a pain management clinic if you haven’t done so.

How to manage chronic pain naturally?

While chronic pain is a complex issue, there are steps you can take to manage your pain. We encourage self-management of pain especially after the underlying causes of pain have been treated or managed adequately.

You might consider:

  • Learning deep breathing and meditation
  • Doing exercise without high impact
  • Pacing yourself
  • Eating a balanced diet
  • Practising good sleeping habits

However, if the pain persists and it is affecting your function or quality of life, please seek help from a pain management specialist.

What happens if chronic pain is left untreated?

When left untreated, chronic pain - no matter the origin - can become more complex, leading to complications and long-term consequences that involve structural and functional alterations. It can also be detrimental to an individual’s mind and life, causing emotional impacts like anxiety and depression impacting on his/her quality of life. Hence, seeking proper treatment is essential.

Where is SKH Pain Management Clinic located?

We are located at Sengkang General Hospital, 110 Sengkang E Way, Singapore 544886. The pain management department is situated on Level 8 and our operating hours can be found here. If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at +65 6930 5000 (24 hrs).


Our Care Team

Sengkang General Hospital’s Pain Management Centre is staffed by a team of internationally trained pain management specialists and medical professionals who are experienced and committed to treating patients in a holistic and compassionate way. We offer a range of therapies and work collaboratively with you to create a treatment program and deliver care tailored to your specific needs.

Through close collaboration with nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists and other healthcare and medical professionals, the SKH Pain Management centre aims to deliver personalised and comprehensive pain management treatment to residents in Singapore. Our commitment to excellence means that we work to ensure that you receive the best care at all points during your visit.