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Oct 27, 2013


JPMC Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Sonali Pande. BT file.

THE Department of Orthopaedics at the Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC) is holding a “Bone and Joint Health Promotion” from October 21 to November 29, offering various packages at special rates.

The Back Pain Screening package, priced at $188, includes three consultations with an orthopaedic specialist, a blood test for a full blood count, an anterior posterior/ lateral lumbosacral spine x-ray, a questionnaire for back pain, and a self-care and exercise guide.

The Neck Pain Screening package is also priced at $188, and also includes three consultations with an orthopaedic specialist, a blood test for a full blood count, and an x-ray of the cervical spine. A questionnaire for neck pain, as well as a self-care and exercise guide will also be given.

The Gout Pain Screening package is on offer for $75, and comes with two consultations with an orthopaedic specialist, a blood test for renal function test (uric acid, sodium, potassium, chloride, urea, creatinine, calcium and phosphate) plus a urine FEME (full examination and microscopy examination).

The Knee Pain Screening Package offers two consultations with an orthopaedic specialist, an Anterior Posterior/ Lateral x-ray of the knee joints, a self-care, exercise guide leaflet and exercise guide in a CD-ROM – all for $200.

The medical centre is also offering viscosupplementation for $1,388, which involves a one-time consultation with an orthopaedic specialist and a procedure that involves injecting a thick liquid (hyaluronate) into the knee joint afflicted with osteoarthritis. The injection replaces and restores the properties of the natural synovial fluid in the knee joint, and helps in lubrication and shock absorption.

For an all over osteoporosis screening, the special package offers a minute risk assessment and two-time consultation with an orthopaedic specialist, a baseline observation plus a blood test for calcium serum, phosphate serum and calciferol (vitamin D). In addition, a urine deoxypyridinoline and diagnostically checked through CT scan (bone densitometry CT) for assessment of bone mineral density will be carried out. This package is priced at $418.

Patients who have been referred by the orthopaedic screening will be able to enjoy 20 per cent discounts off the add-on physio treatments. However, this treatment is subject to recommendation from the orthopaedic specialist.

Bone and joint problems are common and can cause significant pain and disability, as well as lead to arthritis, gout and osteoporosis. It usually affects people aged 65 or older.

“We are recommending everyone to take an early screening in order to identify bone and joint health conditions. Most of the patients with these problems don’t need surgery can be effectively treated with health education, lifestyle modification, specific exercises and medication in selected cases,” said JPMC Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Sonali Pande.

The last date of redemption of the screening and treatment packages is December 6.

The Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Injury is open for consultations from Monday to Friday from 8am to 12 noon, and from 1pm to 5pm.

On Saturdays, the office is open from 8am to 12 noon only. Services offered include general orthopaedics, sports injuries, management of fractures, osteoarthritis, back and neck pain, and many more.

For more information or to book an appointment, please call 2611433 ext 2288 or email or


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