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Dealing with Knee Problems

Medical Director
The Orthopaedic Centre


Dr David Su, Medical Director at The Orthopaedic Centre, shares the common causes of chronic knee pain and other knee problems like knee osteoarthritis and Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears.

Chronic knee pain for people below 45 is commonly caused by overdoing and overuse from sports. As for those above 45, the common cause is age-related wear and tear leading to degenerative knee conditions. Three common knee pain problems are Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (runner’s knee), knee osteoarthritis and knee ligament and cartilage injuries.

Runner’s knee happens when the kneecap is misaligned and rubs against the lower end of the femur. This is often caused by repetitive stress on the knees due to an excessive running or cycling routine. Dr David Su recommended that runners incorporate cross-training in their fitness routine to get a good mix of load on joints and muscles. Some supplements can help to stimulate the formation and repair of the cartilage or keep it from deteriorating.


DR Kannan
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Foot & Ankle Specialist Surgeon
Lower Limb Recons. Surgery
Centre for Foot and Ankle Surgery, Singapore
MBBS(Spore),MRCS(Edin), M.Med(Ortho), FRCS(Ortho & Trauma),


Dr Kannan is an orthopaedic surgeon whom currently runs the Centre for Foot & Ankle Surgery and consulting at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre and Parkway East Medical Centre, Singapore. He is a fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon with a subspecialty interests in lower limb (leg), and foot and ankle disorders.

He obtained his postgraduate qualification from the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. He was awarded the prestigious MOH Scholarship by the Ministry of Health (Singapore) to pursue further training in the field of Lower Limb Reconstructive Surgery (LLRS) with special emphasis on Foot and Ankle (F&A) Reconstruction.

He completed his subspecialty training in Switzerland and in the Netherlands, subspecializing in F&A reconstruction and in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) where he was involved with the surgical teams treating elite European athletes. Prior to commencing private practice, Dr. Kannan held the appointment of Chief, Foot & Ankle Surgery at a restructured hospital in Singapore.

Dr Kannan has extensive experience in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery, being one of a very small number of subspecialists in this area in Singapore and the region. He shares his experts view on pain caused by running injuries:

Article 1: Anterior (Front) knee pain

Article 2: Shin Splints- pain along
the inner edge of the leg bone (tibia)

Article 3: Heel pain

Dr Tan Chyn Hong
Shoulder Knee Elbow
The Orthopaedic Centre
TMBBS (Singapore), MRCS (Edinburgh),
MMED (Ortho), FRCS (Edinburgh)

Dr Tan Chyn Hong

Dr Tan Chyn Hong, an elbow, knee and shoulder specialist surgeon, was the head of division of Sports Medicine in National University Hospital in Singapore before moving on to private practice. He led a team of orthopaedic surgeons, sports physician and sports therapist, to provide comprehensive medical care to athletes. His patients included national athletes (basketball, netball, canoeists, judo, taekwondo etc) and professional footballers

Dr Tan has a special interest in the treatment of Shoulder, Knee and Elbow problems. He pioneered the technique of implantless arthroscopic rotator cuff shoulder surgery in Singapore. He was the first surgeon in Singapore to perform the keyhole rotator cuff repair without using any metal or plastic implants.

In 2007, he was part of the workgroup appointed by Ministry of Health to develop the national clinical practice guidelines in the treatment of Osteoarthritis of the Knee. In the same year, he was awarded the inaugural College of Surgeons Gold medal from the Academy of Medicine Singapore for being the most outstanding candidate in the fellowship examination of the Royal College of Surgeons (Orthopaedic Surgery) Edinburgh.

Dr Tan has extensive experience dealing with knee problems including meniscus surgery, ligament reconstruction (anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament, collateral ligament) and cartilage regeneration. Most of these surgeries can be done arthroscopically (keyhole approach) with minimal pain and quicker recovery. He shares his experts opinion on:

Article 1: Seek early treatment for your knee

Article 2: Seeking treatment early may prevent need for replacements

Consultant Orthopaedic and Traumalogy Surgeon
Regency Specialist Hospital


Dr Lau Kai Poh is a Consultant Orthopaedic and Traumatology Surgeon of Regency Specialist Hospital since its inception on 15th November,2008. He graduated from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal in 1993 and completed his housemanship in Hospital Sultanah Aminah. He obtained his Post Graduate Diploma of Medicine in Sports Medicine from Edith Cowan University, Australia in1999. He further his study in Master of Surgery (Orthopaedic) at National University of Malaysia (UKM) and graduated in 2002. He is also a Certified Independent Medical Assessor (CIMA) which he obtained in 2005.

In 15 years of service with the government, He had served in the various hospitals which include Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Hospital University Kebangsaan Malaysia, Hospital Batu Pahat and Hospital Sultanah Aminah. He also had an attachment in Kantonsspital Aarau, Switzerland in 2004. Over there he actively took part in operation theatre, ward rounds and daily meetings especially cases involved in joint replacement. He has special interest in joint replacement apart from well versed in trauma and diabetic foot care. He also active organizing CME and frequently giving talks to health care professionals.

Article 1: Early Diagnosis and Management of Knee OA