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Cartilage Damage Physiotherapy

The cartilage and cartilaginous structures in our joints and body are easily injured and damaged, and more of the time its due to direct trauma eg direct hits in a car/motorbike accident or falls or being hit. 

Inflammation by disease can also cause cartilage damage.

When/if a patient has cartilage damage and pains, he or she must always consider to see an experienced physiotherapist first for pre-operative physiotherapy to strengthen the affected part (eg muscles around the joint) at least 2-3 months before the surgery.

This will accelerate:

  • recovery rate post surgery eg getting up in bed, sit to stand, walking about will be much faster to improve
  • closer to 100% pre-operation function and mobility at a faster rate
  • discharge rate - fitter patients often can discharge days (and in some cases, weeks earlier) compared to someone who is unfit/sedentary

What Are The Symptoms of Cartilage Damage?

When a patient presents with a damaged cartilage, of course what will present is the common:

  • swelling
  • pain 
  • hard to move/stiffness
  • decreased range of motion

If the cartilage damage is very bad (medically, very bad is termed as "severe"), sometimes a piece of cartilage can dislodge and come loose...and get stuck in weird places eg causing a joint to "jam", "catch" or "lock".

How Can We Help?

Phoenix Rehab senior physiotherapists are specially selected and brought in based on their:

  • experience in sports, orthopedic and musculoskeletal conditions
  • passion in this niche

They are trained and experienced in treating patients with cartilage damage for both:

  • pre-operative cartilage physiotherapy
  • post-operative cartilage physiotherapy

What our senior physiotherapists will do is to focus on:

  • managing pain
  • managing decreased range of motion and stiffness
  • helping patient to improve mobility, function and strength in the affected joint
  • accelerate the full recovery of the patient to return back to life, work and lifestyle

They will also provide ultrasound therapy to accelerate soft tissue healing.

Also, our senior physiotherapists, hand occupational therapists and sports massage therapists work with many different orthopedic doctors, sports physicians and general practitioners; and we are more than happy to refer you/patients to them based on their expertise (ie if you have a knee injury, we can refer you to a knee specialist).

Of course, we recommend that you always get physiotherapy post surgery or pre-surgery physiotherapy, be it for:

  • arthroscopic surgeries
  • joint replacements (partial or full)
  • internal fixations for fractures or repairs to soft tissues

to accelerate your return to work and life as soon as possible.

What Can You Expect from cartilage physiotherapy?

What our senior physiotherapists, hand therapists and sports massage therapists will do is

  • understand your condition, pain levels, activity/fitness level
  • the hand therapist may be called on to fabricate a customized hand/joint splint for you
  • prescribe and do with you a you-specific customized rehab program to improve range of motion, strength, and function

Also, as and where necessary, our senior therapists may also teach you

  • how to use aids such as crutches
  • ensure you can move about safely which include getting up and out of bed, moving about your house, work, transport etc

Of course, you are highly recommended to see our senior physiotherapist until you have achieved/reached the optimal function from the injured/repaired joint and we are happy to serve you until you've reached 100%.

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Phoenix Rehab Physio Services

Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.


Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists (sprains and fractures) and fingers, usually will benefit / require Hand Therapy to

  1. manage and decrease hand pains
  2. improve range of motion, strength and dexterity
  3. increase the function of their hand following injuries or post-operations

Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes


Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing.

It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.

You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.


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Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and  shorten downtime / recovery period required.

It also prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle performance. Having regular deep tissue and sports massage will keep your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence.

Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.


All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).

See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.

At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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We prefer not to rely on advertising - instead, we prefer and appreciate the goodwill and positive reinforcement from patients. When you have the chance, please tell your family, friends and physicians about the positive results and experience you have had in our physio clinics.

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