Orthopaedic Surgery is the field of medicine involved in the surgical treatment of conditions concerning the musculoskeletal system.
SingHealth, through its 3 hospitals, offers the surgical and medical expertise to deal with all kinds of orthopaedic conditions and disorders.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is the major stablilising ligament of the knee. Tearing of the ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) occurs with a sudden direction change or when a decelerating force crosses the knee. The patient often feels or hears a popping sensation, has a rapid onset of knee swelling, and develops a buckling sensation in the knee when attempting a direction change.
The most common cause of knee pain is due to
osteoarthritis, more commonly known as ‘wear and tear’ arthritis. In such cases, the cartilage, the cushioning layer of tissue between the bones of the knee joint becomes thinner. Without enough cartilage, the bones rub together causing friction, pain and eventually deterioration of the bone surfaces. Knee pain which can also be caused by
rheumatoid arthritis and other degenerative conditions is not limited to the elderly.
The shoulder is perhaps the most mobile joint in the body. There are four rotator cuff tendons around the shoulder joint, whose functions are to initiate motion and increase stability. The supraspinatus tendon is commonly injured, after what appears to be trivial injuries like carrying a heavy load, lifting things overhead or even hanging the clothes out. Patients complain of pain on lifting the arm overhead and weakness at a later stage. The pain often inhibits their daily living and disturbs their sleep.
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