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Aches and pains not to ignore

Without proper diagnosis and treatment, minor symptoms may worsen. In the event of an injury, go to your nearest Accident and Emergency (A&E) department, where your injury will be assessed and you might be referred to a specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.

Here are 4 types of accident symptoms you should take seriously.

Pain and swelling in the knee

It may be a torn ligament or injured cartilage in the knee if there is:

  • Sudden pain
  • A loud snap
  • Swelling 

In the long run, it may lead to:

  • Persistent swelling
  • Instability
  • Permanent cartilage damage
  • Degenerative joint disease

Lower back pain

It may be a slipped disk if there is:

  • Pain in your lower back
  • Pain, numbness or weakness down your legs
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control

In the long run, it may lead to:

  • Poor posture
  • Regular muscle spasms
  • Permanent nerve damage

Twisted ankle

Ligaments in the ankle may be stretched or torn, and surrounding tendons, cartilage and blood vessels may be damaged. Symptoms include

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness
  • Pain

In the long run, it may lead to:

  • A permanently unstable ankle
  • A limp
  • Permanent cartilage damage

Shoulder pain

It may be a torn tendon caused by a fall, repetitive arm motions or lifting heavy objects. Symptoms include:

  • Pain when lifting the arm
  • Clicking or popping sound when moving the shoulder
  • In the long run:
  • Chronic pain
  • Inflammation and stiffness in the joint

What should I do if I suspect an injury?

Go to the A&E department. Your injury may be assessed with:

  • A clinical examination
  • X-ray
  • MRI scan

Common treatment options include:

  • Medications
  • Heat and ice therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Injections
  • Splints or braces
  • Keyhole surgery in serious cases


Article reviewed by

Dr Andrew Dutton, orthopaedic specialist at Mount Elizabeth Hospital
Dr Steve Tan, head of A&E department at Parkway Hospitals, Singapore

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