Slipped Disc Treatment
In Singapore

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MBBS (Singapore)

MSS (Sports Medicine) (USA)

MMed (OM) (Singapore)

GDOM (Singapore)

DWD (Singapore)


Brief Overview

A slipped disc, also known as a herniated or prolapsed disc, is a condition affecting the spine. The spine is made up of a series of connected bones called vertebrae. Between each vertebra is a disc, which acts as a cushion, absorbing shocks and allowing flexibility. A slipped disc occurs when the soft inner part of the disc protrudes through the tougher outer ring.


Causes of Slipped Disc

  • Age-related wear and tear: Also known as disc degeneration, this occurs as the spinal discs lose their water content with age, making them less flexible and more prone to tearing or rupturing with minor strain or twist.
  • Physical strain and injury: A traumatic event such as a fall or a blow to the back can cause a slipped disc. Incorrect lifting techniques, especially when lifting heavy objects, can also put undue pressure on the lower back, leading to a slipped disc.
  • Lifestyle factors: Sedentary behaviour, such as sitting for extended periods, can contribute to disc degeneration. Similarly, occupations or activities that involve heavy lifting, bending, or twisting increase the risk of a slipped disc.

Symptoms of Slipped Disc

  • Pain and numbness, typically on one side of the body
  • Pain that worsens at night, or with certain movements or positions
  • Unexplained muscle weakness
  • Tingling, aching, or burning sensations in the affected area
  • Pain that extends to your arms or legs
  • Pain that worsens after standing or sitting
  • Pain when walking short distances

Diagnosis of Slipped Disc

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    Physical examination

    Involves checking for nerve function and muscle strength, and identifying the source of pain.

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    Imaging tests

    These include X-rays to rule out other conditions, CT scans or MRI scans to get detailed images of the spinal discs and nerves.

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    Nerve tests

    Nerve conduction studies and electromyography can assess the electrical activity in nerves and muscles, helping to pinpoint the affected nerves.

Minimally Invasive Treatments We Use To Treat
Slipped Disc


An injection that alleviates pain and inflammation associated with musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis and joint pain.

Targeted pain relief in the administered area and reduced inflammation.

Little to no recovery time. Patients may resume their normal activities promptly.

Works well in chronically injured tissues which may have very slow recovery

Anti-inflammatory and regenerative effects

Little or no downtime and patients can walk out after the 30 min procedure

Treats flare-ups of OA pain and swelling with fluid buildup in the knee

Reduces inflammation in the joint

Can quickly relieve these symptoms, usually within 1-3 days

Uses low-level light to stimulate healing. Does not cause your tissues to heat up. LLLT is used to treat various musculoskeletal conditions, reduce inflammation, and promote wound healing.

Painless, Quick, Effective, and No downtime. Patients can return to their normal activities immediately after an LLLT session.


Dr Chiam Tut Fu image

MBBS (Singapore)

MSS (Sports Medicine) (USA)

MMed (OM) (Singapore)

GDOM (Singapore)

DWD (Singapore)

Dr Chiam is a MOH accredited Specialist in Sports Medicine and has practised medicine for over 30 years.

Dr Chiam Tut Fu obtained his MBBS from National University of Singapore in 1990. He went on to obtain his Masters in Sports Science (Sports Medicine) from the United States Sports Academy, graduating as the year’s outstanding student, and Masters of Medicine (Occupational Medicine) from the National University of Singapore.

Key Interests:
  • Non-surgical treatment of sports injuries
  • Non-surgical treatment of degenerative conditions
  • Nutraceuticals for healthy ageing and exercise performance

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the risk factors for a slipped disc?

    Risk factors include aging, being overweight, physically demanding jobs or activities, and genetic predisposition.

    Can a slipped disc heal on its own?

    In many cases, the symptoms of a slipped disc can improve over time with rest, physical therapy, and other non-surgical treatments.

    What treatments are available for a slipped disc in Singapore?

    Treatments range from conservative therapies such as pain medication, physical therapy, and lifestyle modifications, to surgical interventions in severe cases.

    How can I prevent a slipped disc?

    Prevention strategies include maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise with a focus on strengthening the core muscles, using safe lifting techniques, and avoiding prolonged sitting.

    What is the long-term outlook for someone with a slipped disc?

    The outlook varies depending on the severity of the condition and the individual’s overall health. Many recover with conservative treatment, but some may require surgery. With appropriate treatment and rehabilitation, most people can return to normal activities.