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Physiotherapy

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 physiotherapy clinic aims 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 full complement of exercise, modalities and manual therapies in order to manage pain and maximize function and independence.


Our physiotherapists at SKH perform assessments and apply clinical reasoning so that individualised treatment plans can be drawn up to address individuals' specific needs. Additionally, patient education is also an important part of this process and our therapist will guide our patients in managing their home exercise program to maintain strength and mobility during and after they have completed their physiotherapy sessions with us. This is all done in tandem with other healthcare professionals working in multi-disciplinary teams to ensure optimal and holistic care.


With professional, competent and service orientated staff, the physiotherapy department aims to promote physical independence by enhancing function - particularly in the areas involving the musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiorespiratory systems – while encouraging individuals to assume responsibility for their health and well-being.

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
  • Ergonomics
  • Return to Work Programme
  • Amputee Rehabilitation
  • Exercise Consultation for Chronic Disease Management

Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Are you a frequent gym-goer who is struggling with back issues? Or are your knees giving you problems especially on stairs? Or are you getting neck pain from prolonged computer use at work? You may benefit from a physiotherapy assessment. The Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Services include:
  • In-depth assessment – understanding your medical and injury history throughout your life. This is then followed by a physical examination (including but not limited to flexibility, strength, joint mobility, function, performance and disability).
  • Individualised management programme tailored to your needs.
  • Professional facilities for exercise testing, analysis and treatment.
  • Functional evaluation and return to work training

Sports Physiotherapy

Are you…
  • Searching for advice on how to begin an exercise regiment, or how to return to a sport when you have an old injury?
  • Concerned about an existing injury that is affecting your sporting performance?
  • Experiencing occasional aches and pains after your sporting activities and want to know how to manage them better?
  • Unsure if you are ready to return to sports after a surgical procedure?
  • Keen to know to prevent sporting injuries or maximize your performance?
If you answered "YES" to any of the questions above, YOU may benefit from a physiotherapy assessment! How can the team address YOUR needs?  
  • In-depth assessment – understanding your medical and injury throughout your life. This is then followed by a physical examination (including but not limited to flexibility, strength, joint mobility, function, performance and disability). (including, but not limited to; flexibility, strength, joint mobility, function and sporting performance).
  • Identify risk factors based on the assessment outcomes.
  • Knowledge and understanding of medical conditions, various orthopaedic pathologies and surgical procedures will allow us to provide appropriate care and advice.
  • Sophisticated equipment for exercise testing, analysis and rehabilitation.
  • Individualised and graded programmes, with an aim to improve your physical capabilities.
  • Functional training specific to the type of sport you engage in.

Neurological Physiotherapy

If you have a neurological condition and a rehabilitation goal in mind that you have yet to achieve, our team of neurological physiotherapists will work with you to bring you closer to achieving that goal. If you would like to improve your mobility and functional movement, visit our physiotherapy clinic for an assessment! 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
  • Technology and robotics to enhance recoveries, such as the G-EO SystemTMand virtual reality simulation

Geriatric Physiotherapy

  • You can't help getting older, but you can add life to your years!
  • Are you looking to regain your independence, functional abilities or an active lifestyle?
  • Are you looking to decrease your risk of falling?
  • Do you want to improve your fitness after a period of hospitalization or an operation?
  • Arrange a consultation with a physiotherapist to get started!
Sengkang General Hospital’s physiotherapists are specialised in empowering you to regain independence, increase muscle strength and power, reduce the risk of falling, and improve your balance, stability and mobility as well as your quality of life.  

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. "If there were a pill that cost very little, reduced cardiac deaths by 27%, improved quality of life, and reduced anxiety and depression, every cardiac patient in Europe would be expected to take it. There is no such pill, but taking part in a cardiac rehabilitation programme can provide all these benefits." – Professor Bob Lewin, European Society of Cardiology, Amsterdam 2005.  

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

When you have a lung condition, you may be finding 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, and also to feel stronger / fitter at the same time.  

How will pulmonary rehabilitation help me?

  • Increase your ability to perform activity/exercise
    • You should be able to walk a longer distance, and you will probably feel less breathless when performing daily activities.
  • Help you cope with your breathlessness
    • Pulmonary rehabilitation should help you to better manage your breathlessness by strengthening your muscles, increasing your understanding of your breathlessness rather than changing your pulmonary / lung function.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

  • Are you experiencing vertiginous sensations (feels like the room is spinning) when you turn or get up from bed?
  • Are you experiencing visual disturbances, aural (ear) symptoms and/ or imbalance in your daily activities (eg driving, cooking, shopping or even getting up from bed)?
  • Have you been diagnosed with a vestibular (inner ear/ balance) disorder by your Doctor?
  • If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, you may benefit from vestibular rehabilitation therapy with a physiotherapist!
  • Physiotherapists with specialized training in this area will be able to:
  • Assess and identify peripheral vestibular issues (This includes the use of specialised equipment such as optical goggles and computerized dynamic posturography to objectively quantify the disorder)
  • Prescribe appropriate treatment to improve your quality of life through:
    • Improved balance
    • Reduced falls
    • Reduced sensations of dizziness
    • Reduced issues related to vestibular disorientation.
Speak to your doctor to find out more about vestibular rehabilitation therapy today!  

Ergonomics

Ergonomic Services at SKH Physiotherapy aims to create or sustain worker safety and health performance, reduce hazard risk and promote optimal physical well-being for workers. Services include:
  • Detailed examination and evaluation of a person's current level of function
  • Functional evaluation and return to work training
  • Workshops/talks at the workplace on request

Chronic Disease Management/Diabetes Exercise

Do you have a chronic condition like diabetes, high blood pressure or osteoporosis? If you are keen to learn more about exercise to help manage your condition, you may benefit from an exercise consultation at our physiotherapy clinic. Our dedicated team of physiotherapists will help you learn how to:
  • Get started with an exercise programme
  • Lose weight and keep it off
  • Avoid low or high blood glucose during and after exercise if you have diabetes
  • Update your exercise programme to improve strength, stamina and flexibility
  • Modify exercises so that you can exercise safely

Our Centre

Our department provides tertiary level orthopaedic care

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Treatments Offered

Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal/Sports Physiotherapy Besides the basic muscle strain or ligament sprain, the Department of Physiotherapy is also able to manage the following conditions:
  • Cervical
    • Whiplash
    • Wry Neck
    • Cervical Radiculopathy/Radicular Pain
    • Cervicogenic Headaches
    • Cervical Surgeries

Neurological Physiotherapy

Neurological physiotherapy focuses on treating movement disorders caused by injury to the nervous or neuromuscular systems. Some of the causes of this kind of neurological impairment that we treat at our physiotherapy clinic include:  

Geriatric Physiotherapy

Geriatric physiotherapy is an area that specialises in the management of the health conditions of the elderly. It helps treat conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, joint replacement and balance disorders. Often, specialised programs are designed to help restore mobility, increase fitness levels and reduce overall pain, helping elderly people to maintain functional independence and high quality of life. Some of what we treat at SKH’s physiotherapy clinic include:

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is an exercise and education program that supports people while they are recovering from a heart procedure or problem. At SKH’s physiotherapy clinic, we provide personalised and holistic programs and treat:

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation helps people suffering from lung conditions, diseases and other problems. At SKH’s physiotherapy clinic, we offer a personalised and comprehensive rehabilitation program for:

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialised form of therapy that seeks to alleviate problems caused by vestibular disorders (disorders that affect a person’s sense of equilibrium). Some of the conditions our physiotherapy clinic treats include:

Exercise Consultation for Chronic Disease Management

Having an exercise consultation at our physiotherapy clinic for chronic disease can give you important insights on how to manage and alleviate problems that come with chronic diseases such as:

FAQs

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 be contributing to their problem. Our physiotherapist may need to re-educate a person on lifting something correctly or moving properly. During your therapy session, our physiotherapist will apply hands-on technique such as joint mobilisation for a stiff joint, or soft-tissue work of stretching or massaging tight muscles. Our physiotherapists may also do manual manipulation, which uses careful, directed manual force to improve mobility in joints, connective tissue or skeletal muscles.

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

You will need multiple sessions to feel a difference. It depends 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 of how many sessions you will need and over what period.

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 kind of fix themselves. We don’t want them to have to keep coming back. 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 and what services does it offer?

The outpatient physiotherapy services at Sengkang General Hospital can be found at level 2, Podium, Outpatient Rehabilitation Centre. Some of the services offered here include Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Sports Physiotherapy, Neurological Physiotherapy, Geriatric Physiotherapy, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Vestibular Rehabilitation, Pain Management, Rheumatology and Autoimmune Physiotherapy, Exercise Consultation for Chronic Disease Management, Lymphoedema Physiotherapy, Amputee Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics.

 
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