Established in 2002, Changi Sports Medicine Centre is the largest multidisciplinary sports medicine centre in Singapore. Equipped with the latest technologies and an inhouse gym, we cater to recreational as well as competitive athletes from a wide range of sports, such as golf, soccer, running, tennis, bowling, swimming, sailing, wakeboarding, scuba diving, performing arts, disabled sports, etc. We also provide exercise testing and customised exercise prescription for those with medical conditions, such as coronary artery disease (or heart disease), hypertension, dyslipidemia (disruption in the amount of lipids in the blood), diabetes, and obesity.
We use the latest diagnostic technology, such as bedside musculoskeletal ultrasound sonography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan), to provide quality medical care to our patients. This technology helps us make accurate diagnoses, so that specific and appropriate treatment can be carried out.
We are one of the few centres in Singapore to offer extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) for musculoskeletal conditions. Tools, such as video gait analysis and HELMAS testing, also help us to identify root causes of injuries and monitor recovery.
CSMC boasts a fully equipped gym for rehabilitation and performance enhancement. We have a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including:
At Changi Sports Medicine Centre, we are athletes ourselves, so we understand your sports injuries.
Visit us at www.csmc.sg
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Exercise is Medicine Singapore (EIMS)
Exercise Is Medicine Singapore (EIMS) is a programme spearheaded by Changi Sports Medicine Centre to make physical activity and exercise a standard part of preventing and treating diseases.
It aims to train and equip healthcare and fitness professionals with the necessary skills, tools and resources to prescribe exercise in the right dose to prevent and treat over 40 common chronic health conditions for patients and the public.
EIMS draws principles from the Exercise is Medicine global initiative by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
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If you come to CSMC, you can look forward to integrated, holistic, and comprehensive care. We provide the following services:
Treatment of Sports Injuries
- Sports Medicine Consultation
- Sports Orthopaedic Surgery
- Arthroscopic treatment of knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle and hip joints, for example: anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions, arthroscopic reconstructions for shoulder dislocations, arthroscopic release of tennis elbows, etc. (Anthroscopy is a type of minimally invasive surgery that is performed using a type of endoscope called an arthroscope.)
- Complex soft tissue ligament reconstructions for ligament injuries, including meniscus transplant, meniscal repairs, multiligament reconstructions (including use of allograft tissues).
- Knee osteotomy
- Unicompartmental knee replacements
- Sports Physiotherapy, including Pilates
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)
- Podiatry and Foot Orthotic
Sports Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement
- Gait Analysis and Biomechanical Assessment
Biomechanical Assessment and Gait Analysis
These are a series of tests and investigations performed by our podiatrists to determine the causes of the following pathologies:
- Gait abnormalities
- Ankle, knee, hip and lower back pain
- Heel pain
- Flat foot
- Arch pain
- Forefoot pain
Orthotics and Insoles
Orthotics are custom-made shoe inserts / insoles. They provide support for the functional control, cushioning, shock absorption or pressure deflection for the feet.
Our podiatrists can help to relieve and minimise the pain caused by sports through advice on the correct footwear and orthotics for the sports you participate in.
- Hydrotherapy or water-based training
- Exercise Prescription
- Fitness Testing:
- Clinical Pilates
- Pre-participation Screening, i.e. Athlete Medical Screening Packages, including scuba diving clearance
- Anti-doping advice
- Dietary Consultation
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How does sports medicine help you return to active sports quickly and safely?
- Accurate diagnosis
Your sports physician will help you understand the mechanism of your injury through skilled history-taking, careful physical examinations and the use of diagnostic tools. For example, an ankle sprain is a collective term that indicates an injury to a number of possible structures. The sports physician will need to identify the particular structure that is damaged to treat it correctly.
- Rectification of root causes
After the injury has healed, it is likely to recur unless the root cause has been identified and removed. For example, one of the causes of a pulled hamstring is muscle weakness. If a sprinter, who has just ‘recovered’ from a torn hamstring, returns immediately to sprinting without first strengthening his hamstrings (to a level higher than before the injury), he is very likely to tear the muscle again. The root cause may lie in the athlete’s technique, training method, body structure, muscle strength or flexibility, agility, fitness, position awareness, equipment selection, or training surfaces.
- Intensive rehabilitation
For an athlete, being able to walk comfortably after an injury is simply not good enough—he needs to be able to train and compete at or above the pre-injury level. For most injuries, this requires intensive and stepwise rehabilitation. A good rehabilitation programme comprises more than just resting and pain relief.
Some components of a rehabilitation programme:
- Electrotherapy modalities
- Correction of malalignment
- Core stability
- Plyometrics (a type of exercise training to improve performance)
- Proprioception (position awareness)
- Technique modification
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When Should I see a Sports Physician?
Most athletes would seek help after sustaining an acute and severe injury. However, it may be difficult to differentiate a mild to moderate chronic injury from the normal ‘aches and pains’ that are part and parcel of sports training. If in doubt, see a doctor.
It is best to seek help as soon as you are injured, as chronic injuries are harder to treat and may lead to long-term consequences. Some injuries can end an athlete’s career. Applying some simple first aid (e.g. R-I-C-E or Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate) immediately after an injury, while waiting to see your doctor, will help to minimise the damage. Try not to wait till the injury is so severe that it affects activities of daily living (e.g. walking, climbing stairs, going to the toilet, and changing clothes) before doing something about it.
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Changi Sports Medicine Centre
Monday to Friday - 8.30 am - 5.00 pm
Saturday - 8.30 am - 12.30 pm
To make an appointment, call our Appointment Centre at 6850 3333 or go to our Online Appointment Booking page.
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