Phoenix Rehab Novena Clinic Launch

Dear doctors, patients and friends, we are going to launch Phoenix Rehab @ Novena tentatively on Monday, 8th January 2018 (see clinic location and details here), subject to finalizations related to renovations and pre-launch activities. There is lots more to do, including the completion and upgrading of this website, but we are very excited for this opportunity to serve you.

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Phoenix Rehab Group

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Knee Arthritis

What Is Arthritis of the Knee?

Most of the time, arthritis of the knee is usually osteoarthritis - basically, it means that the cartilage in the knee joint has worn out so much that the femur and tibia bones are touching and grinding against each other, causing pain and swelling.

In some cases, one can develop rheumatoid arthritis that can also affect our knees. In this situation, the knee joint becomes inflamed (swollen) and this inflammation may erode and destroy the cartilage too.

Arthritis doesn't only involves/affect joints but can also affect supporting structures such as muscles, tendons and ligaments.

Osteoarthritis is usually caused by wear and tear, which means because of use over a period of time. However, it can be exacerbated and accelerated by:

  • any abnormal joint deformities
  • repeated injury
  • overweight/excess weight

Most of the time, it affects middle-aged and older people (as it's a wear-and-tear condition normally). In cases where younger people develop osteoarthritis is likely due to

  • genetical inheritance of the disease
  • untreated/unresolved prolonged inflammation/irritation in the knee from unrepaired ligament or meniscus
  • rheumatoid arthritis also affects people at an earlier age compared to osteoarthritis

Signs and Symptoms of knee arthritis

A person who has developed knee arthritis may experience:

  • pain (mild to severe)
  • swelling
  • knee stiffness/decrease in knee range of motion

One of the most common symptom of knee arthritis is knee stiffness in the morning that gradually improves as one slowly moves around.

In some cases, the knee joint "locks" or "click" when the knee is bent and/or straightened, but these clicking can be caused by other knee conditions as well.

The doctor and/or physiotherapist may confirm your knee diagnosis by performing a physical examination and send you to get a knee X-ray done, which confirms when the joints are clearly having less/smaller joint space.

Blood tests may be done to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis, but other tests may be needed too such as drawing fluid from the knee to undergo lab tests to confirm what type of knee arthritis it is.

Treatment for knee arthritis

Most of the time, osteoarthritis of the knee is treated with a combination of pain-reducing medicines such as the NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Arcoxia, Ultracet etc as well as physiotherapy.

What knee physiotherapy will focus on is primarily:

  • decrease pain by managing inflammation with ice therapy, ultrasound therapy, deep tissue release for muscles that are spasming
  • gently and gradually increase knee range of motion in a pain-free manner
  • knee strengthening exercises to strengthen the muscles of the knee to take more load and distribute load (especially helpful post injuries or with patients who had deconditioned due to lack of exercise or injury)
  • helping with weight management and weight loss will help offload weight and load

For patients with knee rheumatoid arthritis, they definitely need more physiotherapy and more powerful medication. If the joint integrity of the knee is in severe condition and there is too much pain, and patients have a seriously injured knee joint, patients may be advised to undergo a Total Knee Replacement (TKR) to replace the knee joint with an artificial knee.

After a total knee replacement operation, patients need to undergo a lot of physiotherapy to improve the range of motion, decrease pain, reactivate and retrain muscles (muscles tend to deactivate post surgery due to pain) and improve walking, jogging and other knee-related movements.

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Our Physio & Rehab Expertise

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

Areas of specialization

  • physiotherapy: back and neck (spine), sports, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle
  • hand therapy: forearm, wrist, hand and fingers
  • podiatrist: leg, calf, ankle, foot and toes
  • read more on our specializations here

All our therapists are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCM). See our entire team here by location and specialization.

Initially, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover. They then 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.

To call for inquiries or appointments, please contact us at:

SMS/Call/Whatsapp: 96402670


Tell A Friend About Us

We appreciate you as a patient and want you to know that the #1 way we grow as a clinic is through word of mouth referrals from valued patients like yourself.

We do not rely on advertising - instead, we prefer and appreciate the goodwill and positive reinforcement from patients.

When you have the opportunity, please take the time to tell your family, friends and physicians about the positive results and experience you have had in our clinic.

Thank you so much, and stay healthy!

Please Call/SMS/WhatsApp to
xx, thanks!


We are a wholly Singapore Private Limited group of licensed physiotherapists, hand therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, sports massage therapists, clinical pilates practitioners and TCM physicians practicing in our scope of rehabilitation and its areas of specializations.

As listed in our website are the list of services we provide our clients as referred by their medical doctors or by self referrals/word of mouth, but you can also make an appointment without seeing any doctors (that being said, if you do need a referral to a specialist orthopedic surgeon or sports GP, we will recommend you too as value added service at no additional costs to you).

The range of rehabilitation results vary from patients to patients, depending on a variety of factors and reasons such as severity of condition, genetics, gender and age. However, we will still deliver the best evidence-based-practice of physiotherapy, hand therapy, TCM, sports training and deep tissue release therapy that we can deliver (we are proud to say that we try our best to only engage the most experienced and specialist therapists - which makes a big difference in clinical outcomes).

The information available on this site is for educational purposes only, if you need a full professional advise on physiotherapy, hand therapy and occupational therapy, please schedule an appointment with us by contacting our staff by Call/SMS/WhatsApp at xx or email, thanks!




You can also text or WhatsApp and we will call you back too =)


Physio, Rehab &  Insurance

Your physio, hand therapy and rehab with us may be covered under your medical insurance or cashless - find out more here.


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Balance Physiotherapy
Biomechanics Physiotherapy
Chest Physiotherapy
Clinical Massage Physiotherapy
Clinical Pilates
Cold Therapy Physio
Complementary Physiotherapy
Cupping TCM
Deep Tissue Massage
Desensitisation Physiotherapy
Electrotherapy Physio
Ergonomics Physiotherapy
Exercise Physiotherapy
Gua Sha TCM
Falls Prevention Physiotherapy
Hand Physiotherapy
Heat Physiotherapy
Home Physiotherapy
Ice Physiotherapy
Interferential Physiotherapy
Manipulation Physiotherapy
Muscle Stimulation Physio
Musician Physiotherapy
Stroke/Neuro Physiotherapy
Orthopedic Physiotherapy
Hand Splinting Physiotherapy
Pain Management TCM
Pain Relief Physiotherapy
Post Amputee Physiotherapy
Post Surgery Physiotherapy
Postural Physiotherapy
Re-Education Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy Singapore
Relaxation Physiotherapy
Sonophoresis Physiotherapy
Splinting Physiotherapy
Sports Physiotherapy Massage
Physiotherapy Stress Relief
Swelling Physiotherapy
TENS Physiotherapy
Tension Headaches Physiotherapy
Thermal Physiotherapy
Traction Back Physiotherapy
Trigger Point Physiotherapy
Ultrasound Physiotherapy
Wax Heat Physiotherapy


Finally I know what I have, my pain decreased and now I'm back to work!

Regional Sales Manager

OMG. The pain levels in my hands have dropped dramatically, about 60-70%


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