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The Department of Physiotherapy at Sengkang General Hospital provides physiotherapy services in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. Through a holistic and clinically reasoned approach, our physiotherapists aim to help people of all ages and abilities to optimise mobility and function. This is often done with patient-specific health goals in mind – whether it is to return to independent living, pre-injury status, or a sport or activity of choice. With all our patients, our team focuses on individualised care that includes a comprehensive assessment with clinical reasoning and a full complement of exercise, modalities and manual therapies in order to manage pain and maximise function and independence.

Our Clinical Services

The outpatient physiotherapy services provided at level 2, Podium, Outpatient Rehabilitation Centre, include:
  • Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Sports Physiotherapy
  • Neurological Physiotherapy
  • Geriatric Physiotherapy
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Pain Management
  • Rheumatology and Autoimmune Physiotherapy
  • Lymphoedema Physiotherapy
  • Return to Work Programme
  • Amputee Rehabilitation
Please note that in order to be seen in our clinic, doctor's referral is needed.

Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapy

We see any conditions that affect your muscles, bones, joints and ligaments, including post-surgical impairments and sports injuries. Conditions that include, sprains, strains, overuse injuries, stiffness or inflammation in the joints can all be addressed by us through a comprehensive assessment and holistic treatment tailored to your goals. If you need to return to your sport and require rehabilitation, we can include strength testing and develop a treatment programme specific to your sport which may include agility, strength, flexibility and power.

Neurological Physiotherapy

We see conditions that affect your neurological function. Acquired events or diseases such as a stroke, traumatic brain injury, parkinson’s disease, neuromuscular conditions or a spinal cord injury. Services include:
  • Comprehensive neurological and balance assessment
  • Gait analysis and training, including body-weight support treadmill training
  • Functional movement analysis and re-training
  • Muscle activation and re-education, using neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  • The use of state-of-art technology and robotics to enhance recoveries, such as the G-EO SystemTMand virtual reality simulation
  • Group classes include POINTE (Post Stroke Outpatient Intensive Exercise) class, Parkinson's Disease exercise class for successful transition into community rehabilitation.

Geriatric Physiotherapy

We see patients who had a recent fall, are suffering from effects of deconditioning or are at risk of frailty. Through a comprehensive assessment as well as personalised interventions, we hope to help patients regain their independence and improve their functional abilities and lead an active lifestyle. We will look at fall prevention as well as improving balance and strength. We also conduct geriatrics exercise classes to increase physical activity. 

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is a comprehensive programme of exercise, education, and behavioural modification that aims to improve the physical, social and psychological condition of people with cardiac conditions. Cardiac rehabilitation guides and supports people with cardiac conditions on their quest to recovery, allowing them to return to the community following any cardiac event.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

When you have a lung condition, you may find it hard to walk around or perform your daily activities without getting breathless. Breathlessness can be very frightening. To avoid circumstances where one might become breathless, people with a lung condition often reduce the amount of activity they do each day. In the long run, they will become unfit, tired, and even more breathless. If you are experiencing this, you may benefit from the pulmonary rehabilitation programme. Pulmonary rehabilitation aims to help you cope with your breathlessness, through exercise training, breathing techniques, and education on coping strategies.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation is a exercise based physiotherapy to help patients with dizziness and/or balance issues. Conditions such as vertigo, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, vestibular hypofunction and neck related dizziness can be helped with physiotherapy through exercise and attenuation. Our specialised physiotherapists who have undergone additional training, assess and identify peripheral vestibular issues. This is through the use of specialised equipment such as the Frenzel googles which are optical googles designed to identify any abnormal movements of the eyes to identify the causes of dizziness. The use of computerised dynamic posturography is also used to objectively quantify the disorder. Prescribed treatment is then given to improve your quality of life through:

  • Improved balance
  • Reduced falls
  • Reduced sensations of dizziness
  • Reduced issues related to vestibular disorientation.

Lymphoedema Management

Patients who have frequent swelling in the body, especially in the arms and legs either as a primary condition or secondary to cancer or cancer treatments can be managed by specially trained physiotherapists. Treatments such as Complete Decongestive Therapy which includes skincare, manual lymphatic drainage massage and compression therapy can help with reducing and managing such swelling from lymphoedema.

Amputee Rehabilitation

Our physiotherapists aim to provide individualised rehabilitation to people with limb loss at different phases from the pre-operative, acute post-operative, pre-prosthetic and eventually to the prosthetic phase. Our rehabilitation program consists of limb care, wound management, strength training and use of the pneumatic post ambulation mobility aid to practice gait before the prosthesis is made for the patient, if suitable. We also empower our patients through education and prescription of an individualised home programme. We work closely in a specialised multidisciplinary team, alongside the rehabilitation doctor, prosthetist, nurses and medical social worker, to provide a holistic care for our patients. The ultimate goal of rehabilitation is to eventually get the patient back to function and returning to daily activities safely with or without a prosthesis. 


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What happens in a therapy session?

There’s always an element of patient education to help people discover what they are doing on a daily basis that could contribute to their problem. Our physiotherapist may need to provide re-education on lifting something correctly or moving properly. During your therapy session, our physiotherapist may apply hands-on technique such as joint mobilisation for a stiff joint, or soft-tissue work of stretching tight muscles or the use of modalities such as shockwave or ultrasound. Primarily our main mode of treatment is through exercises which is effective, and evidence based. We will tailor an exercise program based on the findings during our assessment as well as the goals and activities that you wish to return to. 

Will I be better after one or two sessions of physiotherapy?

You will need multiple sessions to feel a difference depending on the type of injury and whether the problem is acute or chronic. In the acute phase initial treatment, we will focus on protective measures to reduce inflammation and scarring. In chronic patients, we will look into changes to posture, movement patterns, muscles, joints as well as anxiety levels. All these things will take time to see some improvement. After an initial assessment, the physiotherapist should have a good idea about the prognosis of your condition and should be able to provide you with a rough estimate on the number of sessions you will need and over what period. However, if you feel you are able to self-manage and exercise at home, feel free to discuss with your physiotherapist on a follow up plan.

What do SKH’s sports physiotherapy treatments entail?

At SKH, our sports physiotherapists begin all treatments with an in-depth assessment of your medical and injury history that is followed by a thorough physical examination. From there, they will help you draw up a personalised program that is tailored to your specific needs. This will involve functional training that is designed to help you regain your mobility, function and overall well-being.

Why do I have to do these exercises? Some of them make me tired and sore.

Our therapists carefully assess and push our patients beyond their limit or comfort zone, often encouraging them to go beyond what they think they can do. Our physiotherapists try to look at things objectively and implement different exercise with patients. We try to empower people to fix themselves instead of coming back multiple times. Ultimately, we’re trying to get people to a point where they can maintain themselves and do their exercises at home and go on with their lives.

Where is SKH’s outpatient physiotherapy department located?

The outpatient physiotherapy services at Sengkang General Hospital is located at level 2, Lift Lobby C, Outpatient Rehabilitation Centre.