Lead an active lifestyle? You’re naturally more susceptible to joint injuries. And according to Professor Andrew Tan Hwee Chye, a senior consultant and the head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Singapore General Hospital, this usually takes the form of rotator cuff tears, shoulder impingement syndrome, shoulder instability, knee ligament and meniscal injuries, and shoulder and knee cartilage wear.
The good news is, unless very serious, these joint injuries can probably be treated with minimally invasive surgery, which uses advanced techniques to make smaller surgical incisions.
“This not only leads to less post-surgery pain, but also a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery,” he says.
He adds that some types of minimally invasive surgeries are carried out as outpatient procedures.
Struggling with a joint injury or two? Prof Tan shares four tips on how to take care.