The Sports Medicine Service at the Singapore General Hospital deals with treatment and prevention of sports and exercise-related injuries. Our patients include recreational and elite athletes, but can potentially be any individual who want to maintain an active lifestyle. Our primary aim is to help our patients return to their favourite sporting activities in the shortest timeframe possible, and to perform at their highest level.
The Sports Medicine Service consists of a team of dedicated physicians who are passionate about treating athletic injuries concerning the musculoskeletal system. We work in a multi-disciplinary setting which includes sports physicians, physiotherapists, and nurse clinicians. Each patient is thoroughly evaluated, and treatment is customised according to individual patient needs, sporting goals and lifestyle choices.
Conservative measures: advise on lifestyle modification, technical tips on sports participation, rehabilitation or exercise regimen, nutrition, medications to reduce pain/inflammation, injections (such as steroids, platelet rich plasma, viscosupplementation), ultrasound or extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT).
Surgical treatment when indicated; this can be done through minimally invasive techniques or open surgery. Arthroscopy is a form of keyhole surgery commonly performed by sports surgeons. Here, we use a miniature camera and specialised instruments inserted into a joint through small incisions, allowing the whole joint to be clearly visualised, and to perform therapeutic procedures to treat the disorder. Most of the surgeries performed by the Sports Medicine Service are now done via this arthroscopic approach, allowing smaller scars, less pain and faster recovery.
The Sports Medicine Service treats a wide variety of joint disorders, and sports and exercise injuries, which can be broadly divided based on body regions.