Singapore Paincare Center is a fully-established pain management center in South-east Asia, providing an alternative to open surgery. One Center is in Paragon Medical Suites and the other in Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre.
SPCC focuses on eliminating and managing painful conditions, from acute pain from injury, to chronic back and neck pain, to persisting post-surgical pain and cancer pain, occurring anywhere in the body.
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Singapore Paincare Center (SPCC) is a fully-established pain management center and pain relief clinic in South-east Asia which has been providing an alternative to open surgery for over a decade. The first center was established in 2007. There are two specialist pain clinics in Singapore; one accessibly situated in Paragon Medical Suites and the other, equally conveniently located, in Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Center.
Persistent pain can be incarcerating for long-term sufferers. The Center believes that patients have the right to be free from it’s debilitating clutches, and this can be achieved via minimally-invasive injections/procedures. SPCC focuses on eliminating and managing a spectrum of painful conditions, from acute pain arising from injuries to chronic pain such as in the back or neck. Singapore Paincare Center provides clear and effective answers for pain management in Singapore on chronic post-surgery pain and cancer pain. Thus, SPCC has been well-received amongst sufferers who prefer non-surgical treatment.
SPCC is led by Dr Bernard Lee, a long-time specialist in the field of pain management and anaesthesia. His pain training extends into multi-disciplinary training in Neurology, Rehabilitation, Rheumatology, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, Internal Medicine and Psychology. Prior to the set-up of the two pain clinics in Singapore, Dr Lee pioneered different pain management programmes in many public medical institutions and formed Singapore Chronic Pain Society (a support group for patients by patients). Today, he runs the Singapore Paincare Center with a team of highly-trained, board-certified healthcare specialists, whom he had personally taught and mentored over the years. He has founded the Singapore Paincare Holdings, a marriage of both specialist and primary care, bringing paincare treatment into the heartlands through trained General Practitioners.
The team at SPCC comprises of consultant pain specialists, physiotherapists, surgeons and pain psychologists. Each one is equipped with avant-garde knowledge and skills in pain medicine and interventional pain procedures to successfully provide pain relief, and provide a holistic approach in pain resolution permanently.
SPCC uses a multi-disciplinary approach in the assessment of patients, arriving at a multi-dimensional diagnosis which results in the best possible treatment for each patient. The patient can be assured that his/her journey to freedom from pain is a carefully-guided one. This individualised multi-faceted treatment process includes Minimally Invasive Procedures, Pharmacotherapy, Rehabilitation Programmes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Cancer Pain Treatment.
Over the years of being a pain management and pain relief clinic, SPCC has seen a wide spectrum of conditions in patients. Most common ailments include backand neck pain, knee and leg pain, shoulder pain, facial pain, headache or cancer pain. Our unique diagnostic strategy, by focusing onarriving at the “correct” diagnosis for difficult pain conditions,have been an approached greatly valued by our patients. The pain doctors in Singapore have seen multitudes of pain sufferers alleviated from their affliction with proper diagnosis and non-invasive treatments. Their pain generator is treated and eradicated permanently with providing long lasting outcomes. In cases where the pain generator cannot be removed, the pain can be controlled well for extended periods of time. Success in restoring patients with a better quality of life has in turn fuelled and encouraged the team to continue on this mission to help more people.
Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital and Specialist Centre is the latest addition to the Mount Elizabeth legacy. This modern hospital is conveniently located within the Government-designated medical hub among a cluster of other medical institutions within the Novena area. Apart from high-quality healthcare, it also provides patients with an enhanced hospital experience with its tastefully designed interiors. Dr Bernard Lee performs many procedures, including endoscopic laser decompression, in its hybrid operating theatres.
Parkway East Hospital
Parkway East Hospital was formerly known as East Shore Hospital. It is now a 106-bed healthcare facility located in Telok Kurau, on the eastern side of Singapore. Dr Bernard Lee can admit and treat patients in this hospital. It is fully-equipped for investigation and treatment of the most painful conditions. However, for the treatment of more complex cases, they may have to be referred to another hospital that has more support.
Mount Elizabeth Hospital
Mount Elizabeth Hospital is the premier private hospital in Singapore, located centrally in the shopping district of Orchard Road. This is the oldest and most established hospital. Dr Bernard Lee has been with this hospital for more than 10 years. Most of the routine and simple procedures can be done in this hospital.
Mount Alvernia Hospital
Mount Alvernia Hospital was the first private hospital in Singapore and was founded on Catholic values. It has prided itself on being a not-for-profit hospital with 336 beds. Many of Dr Bernard Lee’s pain cases are performed in this hospital. It has all the facilities necessary to support the most complex cases, such as endoscopic laser decompression.
Farrer Park Hospital
Farrer Park Hospital is a private tertiary healthcare institute set up to offer a fresh approach to medical treatment. The complex sits on top of the Farrer Park MRT station, in an area rich in history. The hospital, which has a medical centre attached, is also part of a lifestyle concept which combines healthcare and hospitality.
Gleneagles Hospital is located next to Singapore Botanic Gardens and close to the heart of the local shopping district. It provides a wide range of specialist, diagnostic and imaging services. Since 2006, Gleneagles Hospital has been accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI) for its quality healthcare standard in patient and staff safety.
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The neck is made up of many different structures. Cervical ligaments (like thick rubber bands) provide stability to the spine. The muscles allow for support and motion. The neck has a significant amount of motion and supports the weight of the head. However, because it is less protected than the rest of the spine, the neck can be vulnerable to injury and disorders that produce pain and restrict motion.
Pain in the neck can be due to injury, a mechanical or muscular problem, a trapped nerve caused by a bulge in one of the discs between the vertebrae, or from arthritis of the neck.
It can range from very mild discomfort to severe, burning and disabling pain. Neck pain is a very common condition and is more frequently seen in women than men. Most people will experience pain in the neck at some point in their life. Read More
Low back pain is extremely common. Almost every person will have at least one episode of low back pain at some point in his or her life. The pain can vary from severe and chronic to mild and short- lived. For most people, it will resolve within a few weeks. However, in 30% of patients, this back pain may be a sign of something serious. Read More
Spinal stenosis (or narrowing) is a common condition that occurs when the small spinal canal that contains the nerve roots and spinal cord becomes restricted. This narrowing can squeeze the nerves and the spinal cord, causing lower back and leg pain. In general, spinal narrowing is caused by crowding within a limited space, such as a thickened tissue or bone growing into the canal, or a surrounding disc has protruded, resulting in a narrowing of the canal space. This results in a “pinching” of the spinal cord and/or nerve roots.
Typically, a person with spinal stenosis will complain of developing deep aches and intense pain in the legs or calves and lower back after walking. Pain comes on more quickly when walking uphill. This is usually very reproducible and immediately relieved by sitting down or leaning over. When the spine is bent forward, more space is available for the spinal cord, causing a reduction in symptoms.
Although symptoms may arise from a narrowing of the spinal canal, not all patients with narrowing develop symptoms. It remains unknown why some patients develop symptomatic stenosis and others do not. Read More
Many Singaporean adults have some type of arthritis. This inflammation of the joints can cause destruction of joint, resulting in lost work time and serious disability for many people. While the most common type of arthritis is commonly associated with ageing, sometimes, it can afflict younger patients who are engaged in high-impact sports or work. Read More
Fibromyalgia pain is both bothersome and disabling. It feels like “rheumatism pain” in the muscles and joints and affects the general musculoskeletal health.
It is an intolerance to stress and pain that probably has genetic causes.
Chronic pain and stress include amplification of the central nervous system, resulting in generalised nerve irritation and hypersensitivity and resultant muscle stiffness and spasm.
Hallmarks of fibromyalgia are generalised body pain, sleep disturbances and fatigue. Read More
Individuals with MPS develop either localized or generalized muscular pain with stiffness or tightness. These areas of intense tenderness are due to shortening and contraction of injured muscle fibres and will often experience referred pain. In the first instance, one might feel “knots” or spasms in the area of muscle injury. Referred pain, however, occurs in areas of the body remote from the origin of the problem. For example, you might feel pain shooting down the leg to the calf from a “trigger point” in the buttocks or low back. Alternatively, a headache may be the result of a trigger point in the neck or upper back. A trigger point is the localized area of muscle irritability that disrupts normal muscle function and is the source of both local and referred pain phenomena. It may feel to you like a “knot” or “band” in the muscle and is often very sensitive to even light pressure. Read More
The No 1 killer disease in Singapore is cancer. While treatment for cancer (chemotherapy, radiation and hormonal therapy) has been improving rapidly through the years, many patients still die from cancer every year – and many of them suffer greatly from cancer pain. For many, the most frightening part of having cancer is the pain. At Singapore Paincare Center, we help our cancer patients with difficult and refractory pain, improving their quality of life and restoring dignity to them in their hour of need. While the oncologist focuses on treating and curing the cancer, patients can be confident that pain is treatable and manageable.
At Singapore Paincare Center, we are at the leading edge of cancer pain-relief technology, with access to advanced equipment and up-to-the-minute techniques and medical procedures that allow our team of specialists to find the exact source of the pain and determine the best way to ease our patients’ suffering. Read More
Frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes restriction of motion in the shoulder joint. The cause of a frozen shoulder is not well understood, but it often occurs for no known reason. Frozen shoulder causes the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint to contract and form scar tissues. Often, it occurs in patients around 50 years of age, hence, the Chinese term “50-year shoulder”.
Endpoint for frozen shoulder therapy is to mobilise the stiff and painful joint. It is the pain that prevents the shoulder from rehabilitating. Hence the need to stop the shoulder pain with effective nerve blocks and engage in intensive shoulder rehab concurrently.Read More
Rheumatism is a popular term for chronic pain conditions but is a vague "catch-all" term for a variety of disorders marked by inflammation, degeneration or metabolic derangement of connective tissue structures (especially joints and related structures), with pain, stiffness or limitation of motion. It includes many disorders, such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, bursitis and sciatica.
The term “rheumatism” is still used in colloquial speech and historical contexts, but is no longer frequently used in medical or technical literature; there is no longer any recognized disorder simply called “rheumatism”. The traditional term covers such a wide range of different problems that to ascribe symptoms to “rheumatism” is not to say very much. Some countries use the word “rheumatism” to describe “fibromyalgia syndrome”.
There has long been said to be an intimate link between “rheumatic” pain and the weather. However, there appears to be no firm evidence in favour or against. A 1995 questionnaire given to 557 people by A Naser and others at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Pain Management Center concludes that “changes in barometric pressure are the main link between weather and pain. Low pressure is generally associated with cold, wet weather and an increase in pain. Clear, dry conditions signal high pressure and a decrease in pain”. Read More