The Pain Clinic - Singapore
About Pain Management
The specialty of pain medicine has evolved and grown since the early 2000s. Pain management specialists are trained to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients suffering from chronic pain due to illnesses, injuries, or cancer. Pain can be both a symptom of a disease or a primary disorder itself. Therefore, a combination approach including medications, exercises, physical therapy, psychological therapy, and minimally invasive interventional pain procedures may be necessary to rehabilitate and restore quality of life for a pain sufferer.
Dr. Ho Kok Yuen
Dr Ho Kok Yuen is a specialist in pain medicine and anaesthesia. He completed his pain management fellowship at Duke University Hospital in USA in 2006. He is involved in teaching, research and also serves on numerous advisory boards. Besides writing articles in peer-reviewed journals, clinical practice and consensus guidelines, as well as book chapters on pain and anaesthesia, he lectures at international conferences and teaches at interventional pain workshops frequently.
Dr Ho Kok Yuen obtained his MBBS and Master of Medicine (Anaesthesiology) from the National University of Singapore. He holds a Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine (GDSM) from the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMed) at Nanyang Technological University.
- Diplomate, American Academy of Pain Management (DAAPM)
- European Diploma in Pain Medicine (EDPM), European Society of Regional Anaesthesia (ESRA)
- European Diploma in Pain Medicine (EDPM), European Pain Federation EFIC
- Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine (LKCMed)
- Chairman, Chapter of Pain Medicine Physicians, Academy of Medicine, Singapore
- Council Member, College of Anaesthesiologists, Academy of Medicine, Singapore
- Chairman, South-East Asian Section, World Institute of Pain (WIP)
- Fellow, Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP) with the WIP
- Examiner, FIPP Examinations
- Fellow, Academy of Medicine, Singapore (FAMS)
- Past President, The Pain Association of Singapore (2011-2017)
- Past Vice-President, Association for South-East Asian Pain Societies (ASEAPS) (2012-2013)
Dr Ho Kok Yuen is widely recognised as an expert in minimally invasive interventional pain management, having performed thousands of such surgeries. He treats persistent and severe pain using therapies such as steroid injections, nerve blocks, radiofrequency ablation, intrathecal drug delivery and spinal cord stimulation.
The first physician in Asia to perform cooled radiofrequency ablation, he has been treating spine, sacroiliac joint, hip, and knee pain using this technique since 2006. He also administers spinal infusions to ensure pain-free end-of-life comfort care for patients with advanced terminal cancer pain.
When Boston Scientific launched its most advanced SCS system – the WaveWriter Alpha™ – in Southeast Asia, Dr Ho Kok Yuen was the first doctor to perform the implant surgery. SCS uses electrical impulses to block pain signals in the spinal cord, effectively treating intractable back pain, leg pain and neuropathic pain. SCS therapy has helped hundreds and thousands of people around the world improve their quality of life.
What to Expect
In Singapore, where about 8.7% of the population experiences chronic pain, we understand the urgency of finding relief. After an extensive examination at The Pain Clinic, we will discuss various pain treatment options with you. Our goal is to design a custom pain management plan that may involve medications, physiotherapy, and advice on exercises, workplace ergonomics, and posture.
If your pain control remains suboptimal, we may recommend a minimally invasive procedure to treat your pain. This may include the use of shockwave therapy, nerve block, steroid injection, radiofrequency ablation, drug pumps, or neuromodulation.
Our clinic is under the following insurance panels.
We work with various insurance partners to assist with your hospitalisation and surgery claims. In some instances, pre-approval from your insurer allows direct billing between the hospital and insurer so that you will have peace of mind during your treatment. We are MOH-accredited so you may also utilise Medisave for your hospitalisation expenses.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pain Management
- Pain management involves a variety of techniques to prevent, reduce, or stop pain sensations. At The Pain Clinic in Singapore, we offer multidisciplinary approaches, which may include a combination of medications, physical therapy, psychological therapy, and minimally invasive interventional pain procedures. We treat pain both as a symptom of other diseases and as a primary disorder itself.
- Our Singapore based pain specialist, Dr. Ho Kok Yuen, provides a variety of treatment options based on the nature and severity of the pain. These include, but are not limited to, pain medications, physical therapies, and advice on exercises, workplace ergonomics, and posture. In cases where pain control remains suboptimal, we may recommend minimally invasive procedures like shockwave therapy, nerve block, steroid injection, radiofrequency ablation, drug pumps, or neurostimulation.
- The cost of pain management can vary widely depending on the type and severity of the pain, as well as the specific treatment plan designed for the patient. At The Pain Clinic, we strive to provide quality care at a reasonable cost. Our charges are transparent and adhere to the Ministry of Health Fee Benchmarks. For a more accurate estimate, it’s best to schedule a consultation where we can discuss your specific needs and available options. Please note that we are accredited by Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and work with various insurance partners, which may assist with hospitalisation and surgery claims.