Best Knee Pain Treatment in Malaysia: A 2020 Guide, Price and Reviews

If you are looking for knee pain treatment in Malaysia, this is the guide for you. This article is based on relevant peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions and medical associations.

Chronic knee pain is long-term pain, swelling, or sensitivity in one or both knees. The cause of your knee pain can determine the symptoms you experience. Many conditions can cause or contribute to chronic knee pain, and many treatments exist. Each person’s experience with chronic knee pain will be different.

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What causes chronic knee pain?

Temporary knee pain is different from chronic knee pain. Many people experience temporary knee pain as a result of an injury or accident. 

Chronic knee pain rarely goes away without treatment, and it isn’t always attributable to one incident. It’s most often the result of several causes or conditions.

Step 1 in dealing with a chronic knee pain is to know the cause or 'diagnosis', a term used by medical doctors. Treatment is step 2. This may appear logical but many people jump into various kind of treatments without even knowing the cause of the knee pain. Thus, wasting their hard-earned money in none effective treatments.

Physical conditions or diseases can cause knee pain. These include:
  • osteoarthritis: pain, inflammation, and joint destruction caused by degeneration and deterioration of the joint
  • tendinitis: pain in the front of the knee that is made worse when climbing, taking stairs, or walking up an incline
  • bursitis: inflammation caused by repeated overuse or injury of the knee
  • chondromalacia patella: damaged cartilage under the knee cap
  • gout: arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid
  • Baker’s cyst: a buildup of synovial fluid (fluid that lubricates the joint) behind the knee
  • rheumatoid arthritis (RA): a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disorder that causes painful swelling and can eventually cause joint deformity and bone erosion
  • dislocation: dislocation of the kneecap most often the result of trauma
  • meniscus tear: a rupture in one or more of the cartilage in the knee
  • torn ligament: tear in one of the four ligaments in the knee — the most commonly injured ligament is the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • bone tumors: osteosarcoma (second most prevalent bone cancer), most commonly occurs in the knee
As you can see from the above, there are many causes of knee pain. That's why you need to understand the importance of 'diagnosis' or finding the cause of your knee pain first. Knee pain due to gout or rheumatoid arthritis has to be treated differently from knee osteoarthritis. A mis-diagnosis will lead to a mis-treatment.

Knee Pain Treatment Prices in Malaysia

The cost of knee pain treatment related services will vary widely depending on the type of treatment that you are getting. Do take note that the total cost might include other related costs such as laboratory tests, imaging investigations and rehabilitation.

The confusing part is that there are many 'healthcare providers' involved in this 'knee pain' ecosystem i.e. orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, physiotherapists, physical therapists, chiropractors, tik tars and the list goes on.

When you have knee pain, the best thing to do is to look for advice from a trusted qualified medical doctor or a family physician or a GP (General Practitioner). That means going to the doctor to find out the cause (diagnosis) of your knee pain and better understand where the pain is coming from. Your doctor will decide whether there is a need to refer to a specialist such as an orthopaedic surgeon, sports medicine physician, a radiologist or a physiotherapist.

Although pricing information will depend on who, where and what treatment you are getting, here is a quick guide on relevant knee pain treatment pricing:
  • In Malaysia, the average cost of hyaluronic acid knee injection is around RM 1,000 per injection. You might need around 3 to 4 injections.
  • PRP treatment for knee price in Malaysia ranges between RM 2,000 - RM 3,000 per session. The PRP cost for knee treatment will depend on the type of PRP treatment and will also vary from clinic to clinic. Some PRP treatments for knee are also done in combination with add on hyaluronic acid injection.
  • Stem Cells for Knee Regeneration Package (Knee stem cell therapy cost Malaysia) may cost from MYR 15,000 to MYR 20,000 per knee. Medical insurance will unlikely to cover stem cell therapy for knee osteoarthritis as they prefer to wait for more definitive evidence before covering it. Still, when you compare it to the cost of long-term medications or the out-of-pocket cost of getting a knee replacement, stem cell therapy may still be a less expensive option.
  • The average cost for a total knee replacement surgery in Malaysia is about RM 30,000 (single) and RM 50,000 (both knees) in a private hospital. For partial knee replacement surgery, the cost is anywhere from 20 - 30% less than that of a total knee replacement surgery cost due to a shorter hospital stay.
Who is at risk for chronic knee pain?

People who are overweight or obese are at a greater risk for knee problems. For every pound that you are overweight, your knee must absorb an extra 4 pounds of pressure when you walk, run, or climb stairs.

Other factors that increase your risk for chronic knee pain include:
  • age
  • previous injuries or trauma
  • athletic activity or physical exercise
What are the symptoms of chronic knee pain?

The symptoms of chronic knee pain are different for each person, and the cause for the knee pain often affects how the pain feels. Chronic knee pain may present as a:
  • constant ache
  • sharp, shooting pain when in use
  • dull burning discomfort
You may also experience chronic swelling and pain when the knee is touched.

Diagnosing chronic knee pain

Each possible cause of chronic knee pain requires different diagnostic tests. These include blood work, physical examination, X-rays, CT scan or MRI, and other imaging tests. The condition your doctor thinks you have will determine the types of tests you will undergo to see what’s causing your chronic knee pain.

Treating chronic knee pain

Each underlying cause of chronic knee pain has a specific type of treatment. These treatments may include:
  • physical therapy
  • medication
  • surgery
  • injections
Bursitis, a common cause of knee pain, is treated in the following ways:

Ice the knee for 15 minutes once an hour for three or four hours. Do not apply the ice directly to the knee; instead, cover your knee with a cotton towel. Place ice in a plastic zip-close bag, and then place the bag on the towel.

Wear cushioned, flat shoes that support your feet and don’t exacerbate your pain.

Avoid sleeping on your side. Use pillows positioned on either side of your body to prevent you from rolling onto your side. When lying on your side, keep a pillow between your knees.

Stay seated when possible. If you have to stand, avoid hard surfaces and keep your weight equally divided on both legs.

Lose weight if you are overweight or obese.

What is the long-term outlook for chronic knee pain?

Some knee pain, especially pain caused by osteoarthritis, will likely be permanent. That’s because the structure of the knee is damaged. Without surgery or another type of extensive treatment, you’ll continue to feel pain, inflammation, and swelling in your knee.

The long-term outlook for chronic knee pain involves managing pain, preventing flare-ups, and working to reduce irritation to the knee.

How can chronic knee pain be prevented?

You can prevent some, but not all, of the possible causes of knee pain. But you can’t prevent chronic knee pain. There are things you can do to alleviate the pain.

If your chronic knee pain gets worse because of overuse, or tends to be the most painful after physical activity, you can make lifestyle changes to help treat the pain. These approaches include:
  • Warm up before exercise. Stretch your quadriceps and hamstrings before and after exercise.
  • Try low-impact exercises. Instead of tennis or running, give swimming or bicycling a shot. Or mix low-impact exercises with high-impact exercises to give your knees a break.
  • Lose weight.
  • Walk down hills. Running puts extra force on your knee. Instead of running down an incline, walk.
  • Stick to paved surfaces. Rough roads or pocked walkways may be hazardous to your knee’s health. Stick to smooth, paved surfaces like a track or walking arena.
  • Get support. Shoe inserts can help treat foot or gait problems that may be contributing to knee pain.
  • Replace your running shoes frequently to ensure they still have proper support and cushioning.
Find the Best Knee Pain Treatment in Malaysia

To assist you in finding the best knee specialists in KL or Selangor in Malaysia, we have compiled a list of sports injury and knee specialist clinics below.

The selection of the clinics is based on Google Search Results, reviews and information available on blogs and forums .

Disclaimer: The list of clinics has been arranged in no particular order of importance.

1. Sports Medicine UMMC (University of Malaya Medical Centre)

Address: Lembah Pantai, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Phone: 03-7949 2994

2. Orthopedic Doctors in Sunway Medical Centre

Address: 5, Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

3. Orthopedic Doctors in Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur (*JCI standard)

Address: Block A & Block B, 286 & 288, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

4. Orthopedic Doctors in Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur (Pantai Bangsar) (*JCI standard)

Address: No. 8, Jalan Bukit Pantai, Taman Bukit Pantai, 59100 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -

5. Orthopedic Doctors in Subang Jaya Medical Centre (JCI standard)

Address: No. 1 Jalan SS12/1, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.

6. Kuala Lumpur Sports Medicine Centre (KLSMC)

Address: 7th Floor, Wisma Perintis, 47 Jalan Dungun, Damansara Heights, 50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


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