Most Common Sports Injuries
Dealing with sports injuries also means dealing with the multiple fractures that are often sustained during sports and play. Dr. Yegappan has vast experience dealing with fractures of the upper and lower limb. These injuries are treated immediately to ensure that patients recover as quickly as possible.
Shoulder pain is common. In the younger age group it can be due to dislocations and labral tears from falls and sports injuries. In cases where the dislocations are recurrent surgery to address the problem is actually very gratifying as the success rates are high and patient scan go back to their activities.
Common signs of serious Knee Injury includes: Pain on the knee joint when bearing body weight, Visible swelling, bruising or redness at the joint, Instability of the knee, and Restricted range of movement
ACL Tear or Strain
The ACL stands for the anterior cruciate ligament and is one of the major stabilisation ligaments of the knee. Injury of the ACL often occurs when a person suddenly slows down and tries to change directions. The result is swelling and instability while walking.
Sports injuries are vast. There are becoming more common with an educated and sport loving population. Obviously sports injuries can involve all parts of the musculoskeletal system. Although the acute injuries are the ones that usually catch the eye the most common ones are the chronic and repetitive injuries of the joints and soft tissue. These can affect the performance of the athlete and take away the joy of exercise.
A rotator cuff tear is typically caused by one of two things – these are either degeneration or injury. A degenerative tear refers to general wear and tear of the muscles that make up your rotator cuff over time. A degenerative tear in one arm often leads to a tear in the unaffected arm. Factors such as repetitive stress, a reduced blood supply (which occurs with age), and bone overgrowth (bone spurs) may all contribute to a degenerative rotator cuff tear.
Elbow pain is common in the population. The most common causes include lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) and medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow). These are usually repetitive injuries and be a nagging issue for the patient. Treatment is usually with physical therapy and medications. Non-surgical options will always be considered first, in case of more severe injuries that require surgery. Dr. Yegappan is well-trained in minimally invasive techniques for lower risk & faster recovery
DR. YEGAPPAN MUTHUKARUPPAN
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Specialist in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Dr. Yegappan is an experienced sports surgeon with many years of experience in treating sportsmen. He performs cartilage reconstructions, ligament reconstruction and meniscal repairs in the knee.
SENIOR CONSULTANT ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON
Sports Orthopaedic Surgeon
Dr. Yegappan graduated from the National University of Singapore School of Medicine in 1992 and is currently a Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon practicing at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Parkway East Hospital and Farrer Park Hospital, Singapore. He is a specialist in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and does mainly arthroscopic reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder.
He completed his orthopaedic training in Singapore and did his Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Methodist Sports Medicine Centre in Indianapolis, USA from 2002 to 2003. As a sports medicine specialist and orthopedic surgeon he deals mostly with sports injuries in patient’s young and old. He has a keen interest in post surgical rehabilitation and his aim to return patient’s to their previous level of activity whenever possible.
Knee injuries and shoulder injuries are the most common injuries treated by Dr. Yegappan. Most of the procedures can be done arthroscopically and this aids in patient recovery. Ligaments reconstructions, meniscal repairs and cartilage reconstructive procedures in the knee are common procedures done by him. In addition to arthroscopic shoulder reconstructions he also performs shoulder replacements.
COMMON SPORTS INJURIES AND JOINT PROBLEMS
Dr. Yegappan provides prompt and comprehensive consultations and surgical care for a variety of sports injuries and joint problems. Some of these conditions include:
- Knee meniscus, ligament and cartilage injuries
- Kneecap (patella) instability and pain
- Tendinitis and muscle injuries around the knee and lower limb
- Shoulder instability and dislocations
- Rotator cuff tendon tears of the shoulder
- Shoulder biceps conditions
- Elbow instability and dislocations
- Elbow stiffness and contractures
- Tendinitis around the elbow – Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow
- Hip labral tears and femoro-acetabular impingement
- Tendon and muscle issues around the hip
- Ankle sport injuries including sprains, instability and tendinitis
- Arthritis/Degenerative conditions of the knee, shoulder, hip and elbow
- Fractures of the knee, shoulder, hip and elbow
We utilize the approved techniques in the treatment of these common conditions and complex conditions. We perform most of these surgeries through key-hole or arthroscopic techniques to minimize pain and downtime from sport, for the athlete or patient.