Tendonitis Treatment Singapore
Dr. Bryan Tan
FRCS Ed (Orth)
Tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendon, the thick fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone. Tendonitis typically affects the shoulders, wrists, heels and elbow. It is crucial to understand your symptoms and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the complications of tendonitis.
Dr. Bryan TanOrthopaedic 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.
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.read full bio
What Is Tendonitis?
Tendonitis is the inflammation of the tendon, the thick fibrous cords that attach muscle to bone. Tendonitis typically affects the shoulders, wrists, heels and elbow.
It is crucial to understand your symptoms and seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the complications of tendonitis.
What Causes Tendonitis?
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How Is Tendonitis Treated?
Common treatment methods include:
- Ice compression to minimise swelling and pain
- Anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, etoricoxib and aspirin
- Cortisone injection
Surgery may be recommended if non-surgical treatments fail to alleviate the symptoms, or if the trendonitis progresses to a more serious condition like a tendon tear. Surgical treatments may include:
- Dry needling. This procedure involves making small holes in the tendon with a fine needle to stimulate and promote tendon healing.
- Ultrasonic treatment. This minimally invasive procedure creates a small incision to insert a special device that removes tendon scar tissue with ultrasonic sound waves.
- Radiofrequency treatment. A radiofrequency probe is inserted into the tendon at various sites to remove unhealthy tendon tissue and allow it’s replacement by heathy tissues as the tendon heals.
- Surgery. Depending on the severity of the tendon injury, surgical repair may be needed, especially if the tendon has torn away from the bone.
How Is Tendonitis Diagnosed?
A full review of your medical history, as well as a physical examination to check for symptoms such as swelling and pain, may be conducted.
Further imaging tests may be performed to confirm the diagnosis. An x-ray examination can eliminate other issues that may be causing pain, such as a bone fracture. MRI and ultrasound scans can also display detailed images of your tendons to determine the severity of the damage.
What Are the Symptoms Of Tendonitis?
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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.
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.
Is tendonitis serious? When should I visit a doctor?
Most of the time tendonitis symptoms may go away within a few weeks. However, if left untreated, it may result in tendon rupture, which is a more severe condition that requires surgery.
You should seek immediate medical attention if your symptoms persist for an extended period of time or if they impede your daily functions to a significant extent.
How to prevent tendonitis?
- Warm-up and stretch your body before exercising
- Take frequent breaks when exercising, particularly when you repeatedly use your shoulders, hips or arms
- Avoid excessive and sudden joint movements
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid overuse and repetitive motions
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