Holistic Spine Care

SPINE Specialist

Dr Aravind Kumar

Comprehensive investigation
and treatment of various
spine conditions

Holistic Spine Care

SPINE Specialist

Dr Aravind Kumar

Comprehensive investigation and treatment of various spine conditions

Dr Aravind Kumar

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Specialist in Spine Surgery

Dr Aravind Kumar subscribes to the ethos of holistic patient care. He believes in a stepwise approach to addressing patients’ issues with appropriate investigation and non-operative management. He is trained in the full armamentarium of spinal intervention from injection therapies, nucleoplasties to keyhole spine surgeries for slipped discs, spinal stenosis, scoliosis and spinal tumours. Fully involving patients in their spinal condition and empowering them to achieve a healthy spine is his ultimate goal.

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Specialist in Spine Surgery

Dr Aravind graduated with MBBS qualification from Madras Medical College in Chennai, India. He was awarded a Gold medal in Orthopaedic Surgery during his under-graduation. He the undertook basic surgical training in the UK, gaining MRCS qualifications from the Royal Colleges of Glasgow and Edinburgh. He then entered the highly competitive Orthopaedic resident training Programme in Cardiff, Wales. He completed this with a CCT (Tr & Orth) and a FRCS (Tr & Orth).
Pursuing his goal of further training in Spinal surgery, he then went to Perth, Western Australia for a fellowship in scoliosis surgery and spinal trauma surgery in the Royal Perth Hospital. He the returned to UK for a further fellowship in Degenerative spinal surgery and Spinal deformity in the world renowned Spinal Surgery unit in Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham. These experiences burnished his 18 months of experience in the Cardiff Spine unit.
Dr Aravind has been practicing as a Consultant Orthopaedic and Spine Surgeon in Singapore since 2014 having worked in Khoo Teck Puat hospital and then in Ng Teng Fong hospital. During this time, his attention to patient care earned him several awards of excellence in clinical care.
He showed keen interest in the teaching of medical students and training of orthopaedic residents. Several publications in spinal surgery were also achieved during this period, culminating in his appointment as Adj Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery in NUS. He continues to contribute to clinical education as a member of the MMed committee for Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr Aravind Kumar, Consultant Orthopedic Surgery & Specialist in Spine surgery from Mount Elizabeth Novena specialist centre is here with us at Oli to talk about Scoliosis.

Most common types of spine conditions


Pain in the lower back or buttocks and back of the hip is a very common condition. Most are temporary and have no serious cause. Sometimes, they do not resolve and can affect life and work. Dangerous causes of low back pain are rare. Common causes of back pain are arthritis, disc degeneration, slipped discs etc. More serious causes are spine infection, spine cancer, fractures etc.
Pain can come on gradually or suddenly after twisting or carrying something. It can hurt after standing for a while or after sitting for a long time. Sleep can be disturbed. There can also be pain going down the leg. Stiffness is a common symptom as well. Soreness after activities is not unusual.
Most back pain can be treated with simple exercises and pain medicine. Life style and posture correction is useful for long term well-being.
Please reach out to us if you wish to discuss any concerns you might have.


Pain in the region of the neck and back of the shoulder is one of the commonest spine problems. It usually happens in people doing a deskjob. The symptoms may be felt only at the end of the day. It can be a burning sensation behind the shoulder. There may be pain or numbness down the arm. Pain can go up the back of the head and to the jaw area.
Common causes are poor posture and ergonomics, disc degeneration or nerve irritation in the neck. Simple measures such as posture correction, simple analgesia and exercises can be effective.
Sometimes, the pain is due to slipped disc in the neck that is irritating a nerve. If there is also weakness or numbness in the arm, further investigation is advisable.
Please reach out to us if you wish to discuss any concerns you might have.


Slipped disc, or herniated disc, is a condition where there is a protrusion of the jelly between the spinal bones. This can press on the nerve and cause pain down the leg along with numbness, weakness etc. Back pain can also be significant.
Most such symptoms resolve with supportive management. Procedures such as nerve injections, nucleoplasty can also be considered. If there is worsening weakness or any disturbance of urine function, urgent surgery may be indicated. Rarely the pressure on the nerve is from a sinister lesion such as a tumour. An MRI scan will help to define such situations.


Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine has an abnormal curvature, often developing in early childhood or adolescence. You may notice uneven shoulders or hips. There may be uneven appearance of the back. Scoliosis is rarely painful.
The curve may become bigger and sometimes serial xrays may be needed to monitor progress. Larger curves are curves that are worsening may need active management with braces. Surgery is sometimes indicated.
If you have any concerns, early medical review is advisable.


Our Treatments

Comprehensive care and treatment of various spine conditions

Need Help?


If I see an orthopaedic surgeon, will he or she recommend surgery generally?

If you are looking for an appointment or a consultation for your spinal condition, you can contact us at +65 6684 5828 or come down to our clinic at:

Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
Suite #10-33/34/35, 38 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563.

Parkway East Medical Centre
Suite #05-06/07, 319 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427989

Upon thorough consultation with our doctor, you will be suggested the appropriate treatment for your condition. You will be suggested a surgery depending on the type and severity of your condition, as well as your health and wellbeing to undergo an invasive treatment.
If you happen to experience any symptoms relating to a spine condition, it is recommended to get it checked out to receive the right diagnosis/treatment depending on your case, before the condition worsens and causes further complications.
The treatments offered are safe and reliable, and our spine specialist is well-adept to handle the procedures. Do note that individual results also depend upon appropriate aftercare and recovery and can vary from person to person, although the treatments are well-handled and safe.

Our Clinics

Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
Parkway East Medical Centre

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