General Orthopaedic Fractures Specialist Singapore

Dr. Bryan Tan

MBBS (Singapore)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS Ed (Orth)

Orthopaedic fractures are broken bones commonly caused by trauma such as falls, motor vehicle accidents sports etc. In some cases, thinning and weakening of the bone due to osteoporosis may also cause the bone to break easily.

Dr. Bryan Tan

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Sports have always played a big part in Dr Bryan’s life. His interest in sports and varied sporting activities give him a deep understanding of sports injuries and the mindset of an athlete.
The condition often develops gradually over time and is difficult to detect. This painful condition affects 2-5% of the general population.

Dr Bryan Tan is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon, based in Singapore. He completed 2 fellowships in Orthopaedic Sports, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in Sydney, Australia and Nice, France. Prior to private practice, Dr Bryan was a consultant in the Division of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in National University Hospital (NUH), Singapore. He is currently still a visiting consultant at NUH where he actively teaches medical students and young orthopaedic surgical trainees. In addition, he travels to regional countries to teach advanced arthroscopic surgical techniques.

    • MBBS(Singapore)

    • MMed (Ortho)

    • FRCS Ed(Orth)

Dr. Bryan has a special interest in keyhole surgery and performs most of his surgeries using advanced, modern keyhole surgical techniques. He regularly visits fellow surgeons from other countries to ensure his skills and knowledge are cutting edge.

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What Are Orthopaedic Fractures?

Orthopaedic fractures are partial or complete breaks in the bone. Many patients think fractures refer only to hairline cracks and not bones that are outright broken. However in medical terminology, any crack or break of the bone is referred to, as a fracture.

Fractures are generally classified as open or close. Open fractures or compound fractures are injuries that result in the bone poking through the skin, and the bone is visible. On the other hand, closed or simple fractures do not break open the skin, and the skin remains intact.

It is vital to understand your symptoms and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and management can reduce the complications of fractures.

What Are the Symptoms of Orthopaedic Fractures?

Common symptoms of orthopaedic fractures include:

  • Sharp pain
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Deformity or ‘bump’ at the fracture site
  • Inability to load bear on the involved bone (eg unable to stand if the leg bone is injured)
  • Decreased mobility or range of motion
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How Are Orthopaedic Fractures Treated?

Non-Surgical Treatment

Common treatment methods include:

  • Ice compression
  • Immobilisation
  • Avoidance of load bearing
  • Taking pain relievers such as aspirin or ibuprofen
  • Physical therapy
  • Traction, which uses weights or pulleys to gently stretch the muscles and tendons around the broken bone to align the bone and promote healing

Surgical Treatment

Surgery may be recommended if your symptoms worsen,non-surgical treatment options are ineffective in alleviating symptoms, malignment of the fracture is severe or if the fracture involves a bone that forms part of a joint.

Surgery to treat fractures typically involves repairing the fracture and any damaged ligaments, tendons or muscles by using special hardware such as plates, screws or pins to place the bones back into the correct position and hold them in place while the bone heals.


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How Are Orthopaedic Fractures Diagnosed?

Your doctor will physically examine your fracture site to check for tenderness, swelling or pain. They may also test your mobility and range of motion of the joint. (if the fracture is at or near a joint.)

Additionally, imaging tests such as x-rays, CT scans and MRI scans can also determine the exact location of your fracture and the severity of your injury.

What Causes Orthopaedic Fractures?

Common causes of orthopaedic fractures include:

  • Fall, injury or direct trauma
  • Overuse or repetitive motions
  • Osteoporosis (bones weaken as you age)
What’s the first step?

Your Treatment Roadmap with Dr. Bryan

step 1

Book An Appointment
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step 2

Initial Consultation & Diagnosis of your Condition

During your consultation, Dr. Bryan will evaluate your medical history and the pain you are experiencing. You may also ask Dr. Bryan any questions you may have about your condition.

step 3

Treatment & Follow Up Visits With Dr. Bryan

After your consultation with Dr. Bryan, our friendly clinic staff will assist you with your follow-up appointment, and provide you with instructions/information for any prescribed treatment plans from Dr. Bryan.

Frequently Asked

Are orthopaedic fractures serious? When should I visit a doctor?

Orthopaedic fractures can cause severe pain and significantly impair your mobility/ function.

You should seek proper medical treatment immediately if you suspect you might have a fracture, as delays in treatment can complicate treatment and result in poor outcomes. .

How to prevent orthopaedic fractures?

  • Avoid falling by paying attention to your surroundings
  • Exercise regularly to maintain the flexibility and strength of your joints and muscles
  • Ensure proper form and technique when playing sports or working out

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