Sports Injury Specialist in Singapore

Sports injuries are common among athletes and active people. Whether you are a professional athlete or enjoy sports as a hobby, injuries can occur due to various reasons, such as overuse, improper technique, or accidents. Seeking specialised care from a sports injury specialist is important for proper diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.

Is your injury affecting your quality of life? Consult our sports injury specialist today for an accurate diagnosis & personalised treatment plan.

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Dr Dennis Ng Zhaowen

Commonly Affected Areas We Treat

Sports injuries can affect various parts of the body, with the most common areas being the knee, shoulder, elbow, and ankle. These injuries can range from minor strains to severe tears and fractures, requiring expert diagnosis and treatment.

  • Knee
    The knee is a complex joint that is susceptible to various injuries, such as ligament tears, meniscus injuries, and patellar dislocations. Knee injuries can significantly impact mobility and require prompt attention.
  • Shoulder
    Shoulder injuries are common in sports that involve repetitive overhead motions, such as swimming, tennis, and baseball. Common shoulder injuries include rotator cuff tears, shoulder dislocations, and labral tears.
  • Elbow
    Elbow injuries, such as tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow, often result from repetitive stress and overuse. These injuries can cause significant pain and affect the range of motion.
  • Ankle
    Ankle injuries, including sprains and fractures, are frequent in sports that involve running and jumping. Proper diagnosis and treatment are recommended to prevent chronic instability.

Diagnosis for Sports Injuries

Accurate diagnosis is recommended for effective treatment and recovery. A combination of medical history, physical examinations, and diagnostic imaging helps to identify the extent and nature of the injury.

Medical History

Understanding the onset, nature, and severity of symptoms is important. Discussing these aspects helps to build a clear picture of the injury and its impact. Reviewing the sports and activities involved, including any recent changes in training intensity or technique, can identify potential causes and contributing factors.

Physical Examination
  • Inspection: A visual assessment is performed to look for signs of swelling, bruising, and deformities. These visible indicators provide initial clues about the injury’s severity and affected area.
  • Palpation Evaluation: Feeling the injured area helps to assess tenderness, warmth, and anatomical abnormalities. This evaluation provides deeper insights into the injury and identifies specific points of pain or discomfort.
  • Range of Motion Tests: Evaluating the movement of the affected joint is essential. Range of motion tests can help identify any restrictions or pain, offering important information about the injury’s impact on joint functionality.
  • Strength Tests: Assessing muscle strength and comparing it to the uninjured side can reveal any weakness or imbalance. Strength tests are important for understanding the extent of muscle or tendon involvement in the injury.
Diagnostic Imaging
  • X-rays: X-rays are used to detect bone fractures and dislocations. They provide a clear view of the skeletal structure, helping to rule out or confirm any bone-related injuries.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): MRI provides detailed images of soft tissues, including ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. This imaging technique is recommended for identifying tears and other injuries that might not be visible on X-rays.
  • Ultrasound: Ultrasound is useful for evaluating soft tissue injuries, such as tendon tears and muscle injuries. It offers a real-time assessment, allowing for better evaluation of the injured area.
  • Computed Tomography (CT) Scan: CT scans provide detailed images of both bone and soft tissues. Often used when MRI is not available or suitable, CT scans ensure a comprehensive evaluation and a clearer understanding of complex injuries.

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Treatment Options

Treatment for sports injuries can vary depending on the severity and type of injury. Effective treatment can help you recover and return to your sport as quickly and safely as possible.

Non-surgical Options

Non-surgical treatments are often considered as an initial approach for managing sports injuries, depending on the specific injury and patient condition.

  • Rest and Immobilisation: Reducing activity levels allows the injured area to heal naturally. Using braces, splints, or casts helps immobilise the injured part, preventing further damage and promoting recovery.
  • Medications: Pain relievers, such as acetaminophen, can help reduce pain. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen are effective in reducing pain and swelling. For severe inflammation and pain, corticosteroid injections may be administered to provide relief.
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy involves injecting a concentration of the patient’s own platelets to promote healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles, and joints.
Surgical Options

Surgical interventions may be required for severe injuries that do not respond to non-surgical treatments. The type of surgery depends on the specific injury and its severity.

  • Knee: Arthroscopic surgery is used for ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair. This minimally invasive procedure allows the surgeon to view and repair joint damage through small incisions.
  • Shoulder: Arthroscopy is commonly used for rotator cuff repair and labral tear surgery. It involves using a camera and instruments to repair damaged tissues.
  • Ankle: Ankle arthroscopy helps treat ligament repairs, cartilage lesions, and impingement issues. Small incisions and specialised tools allow for precise treatment.
Open Surgery
  • Knee: Fracture fixation involves surgical repair of broken bones using metal plates, screws, or rods to maintain proper alignment during healing.
  • Shoulder: Open surgery for shoulder injuries may include procedures like shoulder replacement or extensive rotator cuff repair when arthroscopy is insufficient.
  • Elbow: Tendon repair surgery addresses torn tendons, such as those in tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow, ensuring proper healing and function.
  • Ankle: Open surgery for severe ankle fractures may involve the use of plates, screws, or rods to stabilise the bones and promote healing.
Joint Replacement
  • Knee: Partial or total knee replacement involves replacing damaged parts of the knee joint with artificial components, often used in severe cases of joint damage or arthritis.
  • Shoulder: Shoulder replacement surgery is performed to replace the damaged shoulder joint with artificial components, particularly in cases of severe arthritis or complex fractures.

When to See a Sports Injury Specialist

Consulting a sports injury specialist is recommended when you experience severe pain, swelling, or instability in a joint or if symptoms do not improve with initial treatment. Early intervention can prevent further damage and facilitate a quicker recovery.

  • Persistent Pain - If pain continues despite rest and over-the-counter treatments.
  • Swelling and Bruising - Significant swelling or bruising that does not subside.
  • Joint Instability - Feeling of the joint giving way or instability during movement.
  • Reduced Range of Motion - Difficulty moving the affected joint or limb.
  • Previous Injuries - Recurrent injuries or flare-ups of previous injuries.

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Dr. Dennis Ng is dedicated to understanding your unique needs, focusing on restoring
your active lifestyle and overall well-being.


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Our Patients' Feedback

Learn what our patients have to say about our treatments and services.

Jeremy Teo
Jeremy Teo
I tore my left pec muscle after a bench press accident and had the fortune of getting help from Dr Dennis. He is a very caring and helpful individual that you can tell wants the best healing progress for you and actively follows up with you sincerely. I initially had a two month delay and misdiagnosis at Ktph and it caused my tendon to retract. Should have went to Dr Dennis from the start.. 5/5
Emily Loo
Emily Loo
I felt that doctor Dennis is very experienced and he skilfully aligned my fractured toe after my accident so that I didn’t need to do a minor surgery. He was friendly and professional and I felt his fees were reasonable without additional overselling of tests, supplements etc. that I have experienced elsewhere. Overall it was a smooth and effective experience and I would highly recommend doctor Dennis.
Ming W
Ming W
Wonderful experience with Dr. Dennis and his team. The staff were attentive and efficient. Dr. Dennis is professional, caring and knowledgeable. I had a shoulder injury and knee injury that required surgery. The whole journey, including pre and post surgery, Dr. Dennis and his team made sure I received the best treatment possible. Really thankful for the team and I definitely will recommend this place to others.
Jermy Tan
Jermy Tan
Saw Dr Dennis for my lumbar slipped disc. Great doctor and he explained clearly the different options available. Went with surgery and have been recovering well since then.
Amanda Seah
Amanda Seah
I came in with a shoulder injury that meds from a GP did not relieve one month ago. Dr Dennis and his team were great in diagnosing the exact injury with an mri, and he prescribed physio. My shoulder condition has greatly improved and I can now move my arm almost completely! Thank you Dr Dennis!
Jaslyn HENG (Kenrick)
Jaslyn HENG (Kenrick)
A very friendly and nice doctor who manage to cure my elbow issue whjch has been bothering me for more than 6 months! Thank you Doctor Dennis!
Xianmin Jiang
Xianmin Jiang
I had severe left shoulder pain due to exercise. After MRI checking , it was shown high-grade tendon tearing. Dr Dennis did the surgery for my left should calf repair. After surgery, I strictly follow what he suggested. The recovery was really amazing and fast. I was curious about what happened to my shoulder, he explained in details and with great patience. Now, I am fully recovered in a very fast speed and come back to my loved sports and exercises. I definitely recommend Dr Dennis for his profession, patience and delicate skills. Last not the least, thank for his medical team. The nurses are always prompt to reply when I need help and message them.
Omar Lechuga
Omar Lechuga
Dr. Dennis helped me with an elbow pinch coming from a trauma. His attention to detail confidence and great empathy really helped me to fully recover. Thank you Dr. Dennis.
Benjamin Mah
Benjamin Mah
Dr Dennis has been helpful in the diagnosis and explanation of my injury

Dr Dennis Ng Zhaowen
Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
38 Irrawaddy Road #08-41,Singapore 329563

Dr Dennis Ng Zhaowen

  • Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Specialist
MBBS (Singapore)
FRCSEdOrth (Gold Medal Award)

Before private practice, Dr Dennis Ng was the former Deputy Head of the Shoulder & Elbow Division and Sports Knee Division in National University Hospital.

He completed his fellowship at the prestigious Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Centre in London, Ontario, Canada, and has rich experience treating professional athletes and returning them to sports. 

His special areas of interests include management of sports injuries such as ankle sprains, ligament and ATFL tears, achilles tendinitis etc.



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    Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre

    38 Irrawaddy Road #08-41
    Singapore 329563

    Monday – Friday: 9am – 1pm; 2pm – 5pm
    Saturday: 9am – 1pm
    Sunday & PH: CLOSED

    Other Clinic Location

    Gleneagles Medical Center

    6 Napier Road #07-15
    Singapore 258499

    Monday – Friday: 9am – 1pm; 2pm – 5pm
    Saturday: 9am – 1pm
    Sunday & PH: CLOSED

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    How long does it take to recover from a sports injury?

    Recovery time varies depending on the type and severity of the injury, as well as the treatment approach. Minor injuries may heal within a few weeks with proper care, while more severe injuries, such as ligament tears or fractures, may require several months of rehabilitation. Following your doctor’s advice and adhering to the prescribed treatment plan is recommended for optimal recovery.

    When should I seek medical attention for a sports injury?

    It’s important to seek medical attention if you experience severe pain, significant swelling, or difficulty moving the affected area. If you notice visible deformity, hear a popping sound at the time of injury, or if symptoms persist despite initial home treatment, consult the doctor for a thorough evaluation and appropriate care.

    Are there any non-surgical treatments for severe sports injuries?

    Yes, some severe sports injuries can be managed with non-surgical treatments. For example, platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can promote healing of ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Corticosteroid injections can also reduce inflammation and pain. However, the suitability of these treatments depends on the specific injury and should be discussed with your doctor.

    How do I know if I need surgery for my sports injury?

    Surgery is typically considered when non-surgical treatments do not relieve symptoms or if the injury is too severe to heal properly on its own. Indicators for surgery may include persistent pain, instability in the joint, or inability to perform daily activities. A sports injury specialist will evaluate your condition and recommend the best course of action.

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