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Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Although shoulder impingement syndrome can significantly affect everyday life, it is a common shoulder injury and can be treated with the proper methods. Consult Dr. Ong to learn more about treatment options.

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Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Although shoulder impingement syndrome can significantly affect everyday life, it is a common shoulder injury and can be treated with the proper methods. Consult Dr. Ong to learn more about treatment options.

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What Is Shoulder Impingement Syndrome?

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 swelling and pain.

What Are the Symptoms?

The common symptoms of shoulder impingement include:

  • Sharp pain when you lift your arm
  • Soreness in the front of your shoulder and side of your arm
  • Popping sensation when moving your shoulder
  • Shoulder stiffness
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What Causes It?

  • Overuse of the shoulder
  • Injury
  • Wear and tear due to age

How Is It Diagnosed?

Dr. Ong will conduct a physical examination of your shoulder and arm to test their range of motion and check for any pain or tenderness.

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. Further screening tests such as an ultrasound or MRI scan may be conducted to have a clearer view of your shoulder and confirm any rotator cuff tendon tear.

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.

Non-Surgical Options

Not all shoulder impingements require surgery.

In minor cases, your shoulder specialist will recommend the following options:

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

Surgical Options

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

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

However, traditional open surgery may be required for more advanced cases.

Why Do Patients Choose Dr Ong Kee Leong?

  • Dr. Ong Is Passionate In Sports, Giving Him A Deep Understanding Of Sports-Related Injuries And How They Can Be Treated
  • Personalised And Professional Approach To Deliver High-Quality Orthopaedic Care Based On The Most Up-To-Date Literature
  • Detailed Aftercare Plan To Ensure Smooth, Long-Term Recovery
  • Fellowship Trained Surgeon With 15 Years Of Experience In Orthopaedic Conditions
  • Problem-Oriented, Well-Organised and Individualized Treatment Plans Catered To Your Specific Needs
  • Specialist In The Management Of Sports Injuries And Degenerative Conditions Of The Shoulder And Knee Joints
  • Knowledgeable And Pleasant Clinical Staff To Assist You With Your Every Need Detailed Aftercare Plan To Ensure
  • Our Care Is Conveniently Accessible At Mount Elizabeth Novena and Farrer Park Hospital
  • Minimal Waiting Time For Initial Consultation
  • Assistance With Medical Claims (e.g. Medisave & Integrated Shield Plans)

About Dr. Ong Kee Leong

Senior Consultant, MBBS (Singapore), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Ortho)

Dr. Ong Kee Leong is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He subspecializes in shoulder and knee, foot and ankle, hand wrist and elbow surgeries, arthroscopic sports surgery, and the management of sports-related injuries.

He has been registered with the Singapore Medical Council as a specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery since 2011.

  • MBBS, National University of Singapore (NUS) Faculty of Medicine 2001
  • Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2007
  • Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (NUS) 2007
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Orthopaedic Surgery 2011
  • Health Manpower Development Plan (HMDP) Scholarship, Ministry of Health 2012-2013:
  • Sports Surgery and Arthroscopy in Germany (Hannover)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian School Of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
  • Senior Clinical Lecturer, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, NUS
Awards & Teaching
  • Dr. Ong had received numerous awards such as Best Service and Eastern Health Alliance Caring (Gold) Awards.
  • He also has an interest in clinical research and has written papers in multiple peer-review journals. As a Core Faculty of Singhealth Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, he oversees the training of junior orthopaedic surgeons.
  • Regularly invited to teach local and regional surgeons in Shoulder and Knee Surgery Courses.
  • He is a recipient of multiple teaching awards including the Singhealth Residency Outstanding Faculty Awards from 2014-2016 and Changi General Hospital Outstanding Educator Awards 2015-2016.

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