Shoulder Pain Specialist Singapore

Dr. Bryan Tan

MBBS (Singapore)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS Ed (Orth)

Shoulder pain is pain arising from the shoulder joint or any surrounding muscles, tendons or ligaments. Shoulder pain that comes from the joint typically worsens with increased movement of the shoulders or arms. It is crucial to understand your symptoms and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and management can prevent worsening of the underlying condition that might in turn, complicate treatment.

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 Shoulder Pain?

The shoulder is a joint that is primarily composed of three bones—the upper arm bone (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula) and the collarbone (clavicle). The head of the humerus is shaped like a ball while part of the shoulder blade is shaped like a socket (the glenoid). Together they form a ball-and-socket joint (the glenohumeral joint). Additionally, the clavicle meets with the scapula just above the glenohumeral joint, forming a separate joint, called the acromioclavicular joint. The rotator cuff, a group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint, helps to power the glenohumeral joint, while also providing it with stablility.

Shoulder pain is pain arising from the shoulder joint or any surrounding muscles, tendons or ligaments. Shoulder pain that comes from the joint typically worsens with increased movement of the shoulders or arms. It is crucial to understand your symptoms and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and management can prevent worsening of the underlying condition that might in turn, complicate treatment.

What Are the Symptoms Associated with Shoulder Pain?

Common associated symptoms include:

  • Warmth or redness around your shoulder
  • A clicking or popping sensation when you move your arm
  • Muscle stiffness and weakness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Increased pain when pressure is placed on the shoulder, eg lying on the shoulder
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How Is Shoulder Pain Diagnosed?

A physical examination will first be conducted to find out the cause of your shoulder pain. Your doctor will assess your shoulder and arm’s range of motion and joint stability and check for any tenderness or swelling.

Imaging tests, such as an X-ray, ultrasound scan or MRI scan, can produce detailed pictures of your shoulder to better confirm a diagnosis and allow formulation of an effective treatment plan to eliminate the shoulder pain

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Is your shoulder pain affecting your quality of life, and your ability to perform everyday activities such as working, playing sports and wearing your clothes?

Dr. Bryan will assess your symptoms in detail before recommending the right treatment plan for your condition.

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What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Some of the common causes of shoulder pain are:

  • Tendonitis/ Tendinosis
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Labral tear/ SLAP tear
  • Impingement
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Arthritis
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 pain serious? When should I visit a doctor?

Shoulder pain is typically not life-threatening and may go away over time. However, in some cases, shoulder pain may be a sign of an underlying shoulder injury or condition that requires proper treatment.

You should visit a doctor if you experience significant pain that does not improve with home treatment or if your symptoms interfere with your daily functioning to a huge extent.

How to prevent shoulder pain?

  • Warm up and stretch your body before exercising or engaging in strenuous activities
  • Avoid overuse of shoulders, especially with overhead activities
  • Ensure proper form and technique when engaging in sports or weight lifting
  • Exercise to strengthen the shoulder

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    Orthosports@Novena

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

    Orthosports@Connexion

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