Shoulder Impingement Specialist Singapore

Dr. Bryan Tan

MBBS (Singapore)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS Ed (Orth)

Shoulder impingement occurs when your rotator cuff (a group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint) rubs against the top of your shoulder blade (acromion), causing pain. 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 impingement.

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 Is Impingement?

Shoulder impingement occurs when your rotator cuff (a group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint) rubs against the top of your shoulder blade (acromion), causing pain.

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 impingement.

What Causes Impingement?

  • Overuse of the shoulder
  • Injury
  • Wear and tear due to age
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What Are the Treatment Options?

There are various treatment options available, depending on the severity of your shoulder impingement. The goal of treatment is generally to alleviate pain and restore shoulder mobility and function.

Non-Surgical Options

Not all shoulder impingements require surgery. In minor cases, the following options will suffice to treat shoulder impingement and bone spurs:

  • Home remedies.Resting your shoulder by avoiding excessive movements and strenuous exercises can prevent further shoulder damage.
  • Physical therapy. Simple stretching and strengthening exercises can allow your shoulders to regain their full range of motion and mobility.
  • Medications. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as paracetamol, etoricoxib or ibuprofen can also help to reduce pain.

Surgical Options

For more severe cases of shoulder impingement, surgery may be required.

A minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to remove a sharp spike of bone under your acromion is usually performed. This surgery widens the space around your rotator cuff and minimises friction between your acromion and rotator cuff.

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How Is It Diagnosed?

Physical Examination

A physical examination of your shoulder and arm may be conducted to test their range of motion and check for symptoms such as pain or tenderness. Special physical examination tests can be performed to assess for signs of impingement.

Imaging Tests

Imaging tests such as x-rays can detect abnormal bone changes or bone spurs that may cause the impingement. X-rays can also eliminate other joint problems such as arthritis. However as x-rays cannot pick up tendon and soft tissue problems, further screening tests such as an ultrasound or MRI scans are often required to have a more detailed assessment of your shoulder and confirm any rotator cuff tendon tear.

What’s the first step?

Your Treatment Roadmap with Dr. Bryan

step 1

Book An Appointment
With Dr. Bryan

Our friendly clinic staff will assist you with your registration, ensuring an efficient and hassle-free process for you. Fill up this form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bryan.

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
Questions

Is shoulder impingement serious? When should I visit the doctor?

Shoulder impingement typically takes a long time to recover by itself. Hence, if left untreated, shoulder impingement can lead to more severe conditions, such as a rotator cuff tear.

It is vital to seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms persist or worsen to prevent further long-term complications.

How to prevent impingement?

  • Warm-up and stretch your body before exercising or engaging in intensive activities
  • Increase training regime gradually and reasonably
  • Maintain good and proper form when exercising
  • Avoid overuse and repetitive arm motions, unless suitably conditioned

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    Orthosports@Novena

    38 Irrawaddy Road, #10-41
    Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
    Singapore 329563

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    1 Farrer Park Station Road,
    #15-17 Connexion
    Singapore 217562