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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Wallets Causing Back Pain - is this true?

Wallets Causing Back Pain - is this true?
Keeping wallet in back pocket leads to backpain or sciatica

Back pain (low back pain or mid back pain) is one of the most familiar complaints and disorder that we see and treat in our clinic. This is quite consistent with research papers, who suggests that at least three out of four person (75%) have experienced back pain at least once in their lives. Of these 75%, a significant number of them live with chronic back pain.

Common causes

Other than wallets causing back pain, there are really many causes for back pain, simply because there are many structures biomechanically one can injure in the back. You see, the back has a large mix of nerves, muscles, discs, bones, ligaments - injure any one of these and you can get a pain in the back. However, common causes includes intense sporting and forceful recreational activities, heavy labor, sitting and sleeping in wrong posture for long hours or any other musculoskeletal sprain or strain. Unfortunately, they are commonly misdiagnosed and identified as sciatica, or worse still, left undiagnosed and untreated. Read more on back pain and physiotherapy.

Is keeping wallets in back pocket that bad?

Here's a frank truth - I (Nigel) personally suffered long term low back pain (about 3 years) largely because I sat with my wallet in my back pocket. To be specific, my wallet was always on my right back pocket, and my low back pain was on my lower right side.

Sadly, even as a therapist professionally, I didn't think about the possibility of the wallet causing and contributing to my lower right sided back pain - I went about treating the back with my physiotherapist, did the exercises, but would then go back to sitting on the wallet on my right back pocket! No wonder my lower right pain didn't go away.

So I did a little more research about this possible cause, and I found that one of most universally common reason behind most men back pain is an early age habit of keeping wallet in their back pockets and sitting on it while driving, watching TV, using the PC, working etc for a long period of time.

What this does is that it changes our body posture and symmetry unnaturally, and overstretches structures unnecessarily. The wallet acts like a fulcrum positioned under your buttock and pushes your pelvis, spine and back muscles out of position. Multiply this over a period of time and muscles shorten/weaken on one side, ligaments become overstretch and your back start to compensate and things fall painfully out of place.

So what can you do?

The answer is simplistic and obvious - install a new habit of emptying your back pockets of its contents and place into your front pockets or a designated area each time you have to sit. It may be difficult if you've been sitting on your wallet for years, but it'd take a couple of weeks to get used to it.

If you have back pain, you can also get it sorted by for our physiotherapists to assess and treat you and get the pain out of the way too =)

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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!

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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 =)


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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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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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