Sports medicine is a field that is constantly advancing and evolving. As we learn more about the body and how it works, treatment protocols and rehabilitation programs continue to improve.
At the Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic, our sports doctors strive to provide the best treatment to each and every patient. They aim to get you back to feeling your best.
But, What are Sports Doctors?
A sports doctor focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of athletic and sport injuries or disorders.
For example, if you injure your knee running or playing soccer, a sports doctor in Singapore can help you determine the best strategies to get you back to the activities you know and love.
Interestingly, Germany is considered the founding father of sports medicine. Following the return of the Olympics in 1896, Germany aimed to reduce sporting injuries. Thus, various sports medicine research and studies began.
The ‘German Federation of Physicians for the Promotion of Exercise’ marked the first organization associated with regulated sports medicine practices.
However, Germany wasn’t exactly the first to realize a link between exercise and health. Historians have found evidence of exercise being used for well-being much earlier. In the 5th century, Gladiators and Olympiads received therapeutic exercises to help improve their performance.
In terms of current day sports medicine, subsequent events didn’t happen overnight. In fact, it wasn’t until 1992 that sports medicine was recognized as a speciality in America.
Sports doctors in Singapore emerged in the 1970s, with the first clinic opening in 1971. Sports medicine was eventually recognized as a subspecialty in Singapore in 2011.
Since then, sports medicine continues to grow. Singapore offers some of the best sports doctors in the world, with the demand continuing to rise.
Science has proven it. Individuals see it in action. Exercise and physical activity have a significant impact on your health and wellbeing. In some ways, exercise is the closest thing we’ve got to a miracle drug to cure common ailments and improve one’s quality of life.
What Qualifications or Education Does a Sports Doctor Have?
Like any doctor, a sports doctor must complete a full graduate medical school program. To do so, the individual must first complete a Bachelor Degree. Upon acceptance into medical school, they must graduate and complete an exam to become a licensed doctor.
Afterward, they must complete a fellowship, specializing in orthopaedic care or sports medicine. It is a lengthy education and training endeavor that can take up to 7 years to complete. However, if the individual is passionate about sports medicine, it can prove to be a rewarding and ever-learning and growing career.
At the Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic, our team of sports doctors specialize in orthopaedic conditions, brain and spine disorders, and nerve pain. With years of experience under their belt, you can expect the best treatment and care available in Singapore.
What Conditions Do Sports Doctors in Singapore Treat?
Sports doctors in Singapore treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Shoulder Pain
- Back Pain
- Elbow Pain
- Hand Pain
- Hip Pain
- Knee Pain
- Ankle Pain
- And fractures.
Each of the above conditions are umbrella terms for a number of other conditions and injuries. Shoulder pain could include a rotator cuff tear, a frozen shoulder, or shoulder bursitis. Elbow pain may involve golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow injuries.
Sports doctors in Singapore are also involved in surgeries relating to your condition. At the Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic, our doctors specialize in knee replacement surgeries, hip replacement surgeries, spinal laminectomy, neurosurgery, and more.
Your doctor will take you from step 1 of diagnosis through to the end of your rehabilitation treatment. Throughout the process, exercise is emphasized as a main treatment strategy and technique.
Common Conditions Treated by Sports Doctors in Singapore
As aforementioned, our sports doctors specialize in a variety of conditions. The most common conditions include the ones briefly explained below.
Osteoarthritis occurs as we age. It is the most common type of arthritis and is often referred to as the ‘wear and tear’ arthritis. The cartilage at the end of the bones at your knee or hip joints (It can also impact other joints. However, these are the most common.) becomes worn down. In turn, painful bone-on-bone grinding occurs.
Osteoarthritis can make movement difficult. And it may significantly reduce one’s quality of life.
Frequently, exercise is used to strengthen around the affected joints, reducing pain and increasing mobility. In severe cases, the joint may need to be replaced.
At this stage, your sports doctor in Singapore will suggest surgery to replace the joint.
Exercise is used as treatment before and after your surgery. It helps strengthen the muscles and tissues around the joint, promoting your body’s healing mechanisms and recovery. Exercises also help your body regain proper gait patterns and movement.
Our sports doctors can also help with other forms of arthritis, as well as early forms of osteoarthritis. They can help you manage your pain through exercises and other pain management strategies, such as hot and cold therapy. The goal is to strengthen the affected areas, as well as improve or maintain mobility and range of motion of the affected joints.
Fractures refer to a broken bone. It can be a complete break or a slight crack. Generally, fractures heal in 6-12 weeks.
Following the initial stages of recovery, rehabilitation in the form of exercise provided by and supervised by your sports doctor can help you return to normal functioning.
If the fracture is severe, surgery may be necessary. Luckily, sports doctors are often well-equipped to help you through this process. An open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgery may have to be performed to realign the bones to promote proper healing.
Following surgery, exercises and manual therapy will help guide your post-surgery rehabilitation. The focus will be around strengthening the joints and muscles around the broken bone.
Our sports doctors can help you recover from the common ligament sprain, such as an ankle sprain. A sprain is the stretching or tearing of the ligaments – the tissue that connects bone to bone. Symptoms may include swelling, pain, bruising, and limited range of motion.
Your sports doctor will prescribe exercises, including strengthening, stretching, and range of motion movements. They may also perform joint manipulations or manual therapy to help promote healing and increase mobility.
Muscular strains happen due to a sudden stretching or tearing of the muscle tissue. Like sprains, they can be painful and may limit function and movement.
In severe cases, surgery again may be recommended. However, most strain injuries significantly improve with exercise intervention. Further, exercise prevents future injury as it helps support and strengthen the weakened and affected area. Again, sports doctors are fully trained and equipped to provide you with the best care and treatment for your strain injury.
Other common conditions include back injuries and pain, anterior cruciate ligament injuries, and rotator cuff injuries. Generally, sports doctors are experienced in most musculoskeletal injuries and conditions.
How Do I Get Started?
Your journey toward a life free of pain starts with a consultation. At Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Singapore Clinic, our sports doctors will perform a proper assessment, including recording your range of motion, strength, and pain levels, and inquiring into your past medical history. Expect for your initial consult to take about an hour.
From there, you and your doctor will determine a proper treatment plan and protocol, including exercises and manual therapy techniques. Treatment will frequently involved seeing your sports doctor at regular intervals to check-in and have any manual therapy techniques or procedures completed. If you have any concerns, we encourage our patients to ask questions at their appointment.
Call to book your appointment today! Start your recovery with the top sports doctors in Singapore and get back to living your best life.