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ACL, MCL & Meniscus Injuries

Seek Specialist Treatment to Relieve Ongoing Pain and Regain Optimal Knee Function

If you have sustained a knee injury from physical or sporting activities, it is important to seek timely treatment. Untreated knee injuries can lead to chronic pain, instability, and long-term damage to the knee joint.

Looking for an experienced Orthopaedic Specialist? Our doctors are Dual Fellowship Trained surgeons in Hip and Knee surgery with more than 20 years of clinical experience.

Dual Fellowship Trained Surgeons

Our Doctors

Dr. Adrian Lau

Orthopaedic Surgery Specialist

Dr. Adrian Lau is a specialist orthopaedic surgeon trained in primary and complex hip and knee arthroplasty. He was awarded the Ministry of Health Training Award in 2014.

Dr. Tan Sok Chuen

Orthopaedic Surgery Specialist

Dr. Tan is an orthopaedic doctor with subspecialty training in hip and knee surgery; Making her the first female hip and knee replacement surgeon in Singapore.

Sports & Knee Injuries

ACL, MCL and Meniscus Tears - Identifying the Type of Injury

The knee is a complex joint composed of various ligaments and structures. Injuries can occur in different components of the knee, including the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and meniscus.

In some cases, it is possible to have more than one type of tear.

Accurate identification of the particular type of injury should only be done by a doctor and is important in order to determine the most suitable treatment options.

Meniscus Tear

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Tear


In most cases, knee injuries share similar symptoms. Some of these symptoms though, help to identify the type of injury:

  • ACL tears tend to be associated with immediate swelling, feelings of instability, and popping sounds.
  • MCL tears would usually cause knee pain and tenderness along the inner side of the knee
  • Meniscus injuries may result in difficulty straightening the leg, and produce a popping sensation and locking or catching of the knee.

Treatment Options

Treatment for ACL, MCL and Meniscus injuries would depend on the severity (partial or complete tears) and factors such as age, lifestyle and health conditions. Minor tears may heal on its own with the help of physical therapy and supportive braces.

In more severe cases however, surgery may be necessary to restore stability, knee function and prevent the development of chronic conditions such as Osteoarthritis.

Related Information

Surgery if needed, will vary depending on the type of injury:

  • ACL reconstruction - In an ACL reconstruction, the damaged ligament is removed and replaced with a new graft of tissue; Usually sourced from the patient's own patellar tendon or hamstrings, or a human organ donor.
  • Meniscus repair - Meniscal surgery involves "stitching" the torn cartilage together or to remove the damaged part of the meniscus (also known as a partial meniscectomy).
  • MCL Repair - While MCL tears are mostly treated through physical therapy, occasionally a severe tear or combined injury will require surgery. The goal of surgery is to reattach the torn part of your MCL or reconstruct your MCL with a graft.

Patients are generally able to attain restored knee function and get back to sports after surgery. The timeline varies with the type of injury.

It is important that you follow the advice of your doctor on the dos and don'ts post-surgery and follow through on your knee rehabilitation programme.

Our doctors and clinic are Medisave-Accredited and we collaborate with an exhaustive list of personal and corporate shield plans. Do visit our insurance page or give us a call to discuss your financing options.

Our doctors are Double Fellowship Trained surgeons specialising in the treatment of complex hip and knee conditions. Our doctors also specialise in minimally-invasive procedures, allowing for reduced risk of complications, reduced post-operative pain and an earlier return to function.

Screening for New Patients

We have assembled diagnostic packages to provide patients access to cost-effective specialist care:

Both Knees

From $260

Evaluation of Knee Pain with X-ray

Includes the following done on the same day:
Xray both knee – weightbearing AP, lateral, skyline view; and
Review in clinic after X-ray
(Exclusive of GST)

Medisave & Integrated Shield Plans Approved

We are onboard most personal and corporate shield plans. See our insurance page or contact us for the exhaustive list of shield plans we collaborate with.

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Our Clinic

38 Irrawaddy Road,
Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre,
#09-21/38, Singapore 329563

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday: 9am to 1pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays