The aches and pains you should never ignore

The aches and pains you should never ignore

Time will tell

Text: Janice Sim

These common aliments do warrant an immediate trip to the doctor

It seems that there's never a good time to see a doctor — even if you're hobbling around with a supposed sprain or finding it diffcult to sneeze without your back acting up — because there's a whole list of things to do on a daily basis. Meetings in the office, picking the kids up from school, social engagements to attend... the list goes on.

But here's why rectifying a seemingly trivial problem in your body could save you a ton of unnecessary pain and time down the road. The thing is, the stiffness or aches you feel in your body aren't all that harmless — and could lead to something far more severe if you let it slide.

We turned to the health professionals at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, who share the common aliments that you should never ignore, and what they could potentially escalate to if you can't take a day off to visit the doctor. Consider us duly warned.


Whether it's sudden discomfort, a loud snap or increased swelling, it could mean you have suffered a torn ligament.

Over time, it may lead to:
Persistent swelling, instability, permanent cartilage disease and degenerative joint disease.

Aches and pains in your body


If you have noticed swelling, bruising or stiffness in your ankles, chances are it could worsen to tearing more ligaments if you're not careful.

Over time, it may lead to:
A permanent limp, an unstable ankle and permanent cartilage damage.


If you experience pain and numbness on one side or pain that worsens at night, it could signify you have a slip disk.

Over time, it may lead to:
Poor posture, regular muscle spams, permanent nerve damage.

Aches and pains in your body


Do you experience extreme pain when lifting your arms or hear a clicking or popping sound during your shoulder movement? You might have a torn tendon on your hands, which can be caused by a fall, repeated movements or lifting heavy objects.

Over time, it may lead to:
Chronic pain, inflammation and stiffness in the joints.

For more information or to book in an appointment at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, click here.