Sports Injury Treatment in Singapore

Are you looking for sports injury treatment specialists in Singapore? Perhaps you’re wondering how to know if you should see a doctor. Maybe you are looking for home remedies for sports injuries. Whatever the case may be if you have come to the right place.

As much as being active and playing sports can boost your health and overall well-being, accidents happen and those sweat sessions can take their toll on your body in the long term. That’s why it’s important to understand and treat sports injuries.

Here is your complete guide to sports injury and treatment specialists in Singapore.

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What Is a Sports Injury?

A sports injury is defined as any injury that happens during workouts or sports. Sports injuries can impact nearly every part of the body from your muscles, tendons, and

ligaments to your bones, joints, and connective tissues.

Despite its name, you don’t have to be an athlete to get a sports injury. Any kind of repetitive movement like painting or even garden work can cause a range of conditions that we refer to as sports injuries.

Acute vs Chronic Sports Injuries

Sports injuries are divided into two general categories. There are acute and chronic sports injuries. Each type has its own treatment plan so it’s essential to know what kind of sports injury you have.

An acute sports injury happens during a particular moment that you can easily define. This might mean falling down, twisting your joint, or getting a rough impact in some way. When you have an acute sports injury, you will notice it very quickly.

On the other hand, a chronic sports injury is the result of long-term wear and tear. If you regularly stress a particular part of your body through repetitive movement, you may find yourself with a chronic sports injury at some point down the line.

Frequently-Asked Questions About Sports Injury in Singapore

Who Gets Sports Injuries?

Absolutely anyone from elite athletes to artists to factory workers can suffer from a sports injury. While an injury can happen anytime to anyone, there are a few common risk factors that will increase your likelihood of injury. These sports injury risk factors include the following:

  • Incorrect form or exercise techniques.
  • Training too often or for too long at one time
  • Increasing the intensity of a workout too quickly.
  • Making the same movements on a long-term regular basis
  • Running on hard ground
  • Wearing improper shoes
  • Using improper equipment
  • Already having a prior injury.

These are just a few of the many potential risk factors for a sports injury. It is important to note, however, that each person and every injury is different. Some people may run on the pavement for years without issues while others quickly experience pain. Athletes who have completed successful physical therapy for sports injuries may find that having a prior injury has little effect on them while those without who didn’t properly recover are left with daily pain.

Preventing sports injuries comes down to not just understanding the potential risk factors but also getting professional advice from a specialist who understands your unique medical background and all other factors.

What Are the Most Common Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries?

The most common sports include musculoskeletal injuries, likely sprains, strains, bone fractures, dislocations, tendinitis, and bursitis. Let’s look at each of these unique diagnoses.

What Is a Sprain? What Is a Strain?

The most common types of sports injuries are sprains and strains. When your ligament is twisted, stretched, or torn, it is called a sprain.  When your muscle tissues or fibres are stretched or torn, it is called a strain (or pulling a muscle).

How Do I Know If I Have a Sprain or Strain?

How do you tell the difference between a sprain and a strain? It is hard to simply guess if you are dealing with a sprain or a strain. The symptoms are very similar for both so while it’s easy to know if something is wrong, it’s tricky to know exactly what it is.

What Is a Bone Fracture?

A bone fracture is a break in your bone that comes from a one-time injury or repeated stress to a particular area. Bone fractures are broken down into three categories: acute, stress, and growth plate.

  • Acute bone fracture: An acute fracture happens during a fall, accident, or direct blow. These types of fractures are typically emergencies.
  • Stress bone fracture: A stress fracture happens to your low body. These are common for athletes in sports that require jumping. This repetitive impact can create stress on your weight-bearing bones and cause a stress fracture.
  • Growth plate fractures: For children and teens, a growth plate fracture may occur when their bones are still lengthening as they reach full height. This can be the result of an accident or chronic stress.

Bone Fractures vs Broken Bone

A broken bone and a bone fracture are one and the same. People often get confused about the difference between a fractured bone and a broken bone, but there is no difference. While we often talk about broken bones, your doctor is typically going to use the word fractured bone instead.

Bone Dislocation

At any place in your body where two bones come together, there is a possibility of that joint becoming separated. This separation is called bone dislocation. This is common at your shoulders, elbows, knees, and fingers and must be looked at urgently by a professional. Bone dislocation is any sport with body-to-body contact and potential falls.

Tendinitis

The flexible band of tissue that connects your muscles to your bones is called a tendon. When you make the same twisting movements over and over in a game like tennis or golf, it can become inflamed with a condition called tendinitis. Occasionally, this can happen as the result of an injury as well.

Bursitis

There are small sacs of fluid that cushion the space between your bones and the muscles, and tendons of your body. Bursitis is a condition where these sacs become inflamed due to a  sudden injury or repeated movement.

What Are the Common Sports Injuries?

Outside of musculoskeletal injuries, other common sports injuries affect your shoulders, elbows, knees, legs, and ankles. Let's look at a few common types of sports injuries.

Why Does My Shoulder Hurt?

Some of the most common shoulder injuries are rotator cuff injuries, impingement, and instability. Rotator cuff injuries can be sudden or come up over time and are common amongst tennis players, swimmers, and anyone else who has to regularly reach overhead. Impingement is an inflammation that is also caused by repeated overhead movements.  Shoulder instability can happen to any athlete due to overuse or impact.

Why Does My Elbow Hurt?

Common elbow injuries include tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, little league elbow, and Ulnar collateral ligament injuries. These injuries are caused by overuse of the elbow in different positions. 

Why Does My Knee Hurt?

Knee injuries like fractures, dislocations, tendon tears, and meniscal tears often come from sudden impact while a runner's knee can be caused by regular running, hiking, or cycling.

Why Does My Leg Hurt?

For those who play hockey, football, and baseball, groyne pulls are common. Meanwhile, players of football and basketball are particularly prone to hamstring pulls. If you are a runner, shin splints are a common issue.

Why Does My Knee Hurt?

Most ankle injuries fall into one of two categories: an ankle sprain (which is anytime that you have twisted, turned, or rolled your ankles; broken ankles; and Achilles tendinitis.

When to See a Sports Injury Doctor in Singapore?

It is always a good idea to see a doctor when you’re in pain. Whether it is a sudden injury or a nagging pain that has gotten worse with time, don’t delay. Injuries will only get better with proper treatment.

Visit a Reliable Sports Injury Clinic in Singapore

Looking for a sports injury specialist in Singapore? Let’s talk! Our experts here at Ray of Health will analyse your issue and create a custom treatment plan that will have you feeling your best in no time.

Why live with pain for another day? Talk to us online, email us at hello@quantumortho.com.sg, call +65 6235 8781, or chat on WhatsApp at +65 8028 4572.

About the Author

Dr. James - Orthopaedic Surgeon in Singapore

Dr James Tan C H

Dr James Tan is a highly skilled surgeon who has more than 10 years of experience in sports surgery and exercise medicine. Apart from partnering the industry to pioneer advanced and proven treatment techniques, Dr Tan has treated athletes from the Singapore National Teams and professional footballers from the Singapore Premier League and the Young Lions. He is a member of the elite Asian Shoulder and Elbow Group and a founding member of the Singapore Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Society.