Rotator Cuff Injury Specialist In Singapore

Dr Wang Lushun

Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS (Singapore)

MRCS (Edin)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS (Ortho) (Edin)

  • Enjoy your active lifestyle again by treating your rotator cuff injury
  • Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon
  • Internationally recognised, more than 1500 surgeries performed

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What Is A Rotator Cuff Injury?

A rotator cuff injury occurs when the muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint become damaged or torn. It’s commonly experienced by athletes, manual labourers, or individuals with degenerative conditions. If not given proper medical attention, a rotator cuff injury can lead to several complications, such as:

  • Increased pain and discomfort, limiting daily activities
  • Reduced strength and stability in the shoulder
  • Loss of shoulder flexibility and range of motion
  • Increased risk of developing arthritis or other degenerative conditions in the shoulder joint

Symptoms of A Rotator Cuff Injury

A rotator cuff injury can be detected through various symptoms, depending on the severity and type of injury. Here are some common symptoms you might experience:

Pain in the shoulder

Damaged tendons and muscles can't support the shoulder joint properly, leading to discomfort and pain.

Weakness when lifting or rotating the arm

The rotator cuff muscles are responsible for these movements, so when they're injured, you'll likely struggle with these actions.

Difficulty sleeping on the affected side

The pain from the injury can worsen when you put pressure on the shoulder by lying on it, making it tough to sleep comfortably.

Popping or cracking sounds when moving the affected shoulder

These noises occur when the injured tendons and muscles rub against the bones in the shoulder joint, causing friction and discomfort.

Regain your ability to lift, carry, and reach with ease
through rotator cuff treatment.

Restore your shoulder’s function and put an end to shoulder pain while preventing additional injuries and long-term complications.
Proper diagnosis and treatment for your rotator cuff injury allow you to go back to doing daily
activities you love.

Am I A Candidate for Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery?

Whether you’re suitable for rotator cuff repair surgery depends on several factors that your orthopaedic surgeon needs to consider, such as:

  • Severity of your injury: Larger tears or severe damage may require surgery, while more minor injuries could benefit from conservative treatments like physical therapy and medication.
  • Your age and activity level: Younger, more active individuals might be better candidates for surgery to regain full function, while older, less active patients may do well with non-surgical options.
  • Response to conservative treatments: If non-surgical treatments like rest, ice, and physical therapy aren’t improving your injury, your specialist may recommend surgery.
  • Overall health and medical history: Your doctor will consider any pre-existing conditions or health issues that might affect your ability to recover from surgery or increase your risk of complications.

When Is The Best Time To Have Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery?

Before recommending rotator cuff repair surgery, your orthopaedic surgeon will consider factors such as the severity of the injury, your overall health, and how well you've responded to non-surgical rotator cuff injury treatments in Singapore. In some cases, immediate surgery might be recommended for acute or severe tears, while other patients may benefit from trying conservative treatments first.

Can I prevent rotator cuff injuries?

While not all rotator cuff injuries can be prevented, you can reduce the risk by maintaining good shoulder strength and flexibility, practising proper form and technique during sports and exercise, avoiding repetitive overhead tasks, and taking regular breaks to give your muscles and tendons time to recover.

When should I see a doctor for a rotator cuff injury?

If you experience persistent pain, weakness, or reduced range of motion in your shoulder, consult an orthopaedic specialist for a proper evaluation and diagnosis. Early intervention can help prevent further damage and improve your chances of a successful recovery.

Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery Recovery Process

Recovery Period What to Expect:
First month after surgery
(Week 0-4):
  • Shoulder immobilized in a sling or brace
  • Gentle passive range of motion exercises
  • Minimal use of the affected arm
  • Pain management with medications
Following month after surgery (Week 4-6):
  • Gradual weaning from the sling or brace
  • Increased passive range of motion exercises
  • Introduction of active assisted range of motion exercises
  • Continued pain management as needed
First few months after surgery
(Week 6-12):
  • Progression to active range of motion exercises
  • Strengthening exercises for the rotator cuff and surrounding muscles
  • Gradual return to light daily activities
Several months after surgery
(3-6 months):
  • Continued strengthening and range of motion exercises
  • Return to more demanding activities as tolerated
  • Ongoing monitoring and guidance from the physical therapist and orthopaedic surgeon
6-12 months and onwards:
  • Full return to sports and other high-demand activities, if approved by the orthopaedic surgeon
  • Maintenance of shoulder strength and flexibility through regular exercise
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Dr Wang Lushun

Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS (Singapore)

MRCS (Edin)

MMed (Ortho)

FRCS (Ortho) (Edin)

Internationally Recognised & Double Fellowship-Trained Surgeon With Over 18 Years of Experience

  • Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS),
    National University of Singapore
  • Member of The Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS),
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Master of Medicine in Orthopaedic Surgery (MMed),
    National University of Singapore
  • Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons in Orthopaedics and Traumatology (FRCS), Edinburgh, United Kingdom

As a Senior Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and former Head of the Hip and Knee Division in Ng Teng Fong Hospital, he has won awards for superior patient outcomes (value driven), service quality and enhanced recovery programmes. His patients include current and former national athletes and sporting professionals.

Why Choose

Dr Wang Lushun?



Leadership on Orthopaedic Advisory Boards



Double Fellowships at Centres of Excellence



Senior Consultant with Over 18 Years of Experience

Can I Use Medisave For Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery?

Yes, you can use funds from your Medisave account to offset the cost of your treatment.
Reach out to us today to learn more about payment options.

Patient-Centred Orthopaedic Care

We are dedicated to your recovery and well-being. Every patient deserves the freedom that comes with active living. Whether you're an athlete sidelined by an injury or a weekend hobbyist desperate to return to your passion, our mission is to help you regain your mobility and independence.

Personalised Approach For Positive Outcomes

Our clinic prioritizes time dedicated to understanding each patient’s injuries and needs. Dr Wang strongly believes that personalised care & patient management will lead to better outcomes & positive experiences.

Minimally Invasive Techniques For Faster Recovery

Dr Wang’s extensive experience with minimally invasive procedures allows for less scarring, lower risk of complications and faster recovery compared to traditional surgical methods.

Aftercare Focused On Restoring Mobility & Well-Being

As an avid sportsperson, Dr Wang understands the time and patience required to regain mobility and return to active living. After your procedure is completed, Dr Wang will make sure your recovery is smooth and comfortable.


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We accept all patients, with or without insurance plans. Additionally, we are on the specialist panels of these Health Networks/Insurance Plans. Please contact us if you have any queries and we will be happy to assist you in checking with your insurance provider.

Our Clinic Locations

3 Mount Elizabeth, #13-14
Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
Singapore 228510
820 Thomson Road, Mount Alvernia Hospital, #05-51, Medical Centre D, Singapore 574623

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What causes a rotator cuff injury?

    Rotator cuff injuries can result from acute trauma, such as a sudden impact or fall, or develop over time due to repetitive overhead movements, wear and tear, or degeneration. Activities like weightlifting, swimming, or jobs involving overhead tasks can increase the risk of injury, as well as age-related degeneration of the tendons.

    How long does it take to recover from a rotator cuff injury?

    Recovery time varies depending on the severity of the injury, the type of treatment, and individual factors like age and overall health. For minor injuries treated conservatively, recovery may take several weeks to a few months, while surgical repairs can require 4-6 months or more for a complete recovery.

    Can a rotator cuff injury heal on its own?

    Minor rotator cuff injuries, such as strains or small tears, may heal on their own with proper rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE). However, larger tears or more severe injuries often require medical intervention, including physical therapy, injections, or surgery.

    What is the rehabilitation process after rotator cuff surgery?

    Post-surgery rehabilitation typically includes a period of immobilization, followed by a gradual progression of passive and active range of motion exercises, and strengthening exercises under the guidance of a physical therapist. The rehab process can take several months, and a full recovery might take up to a year.

    What are the non-surgical treatment options for a rotator cuff injury?

    Non-surgical treatment options for rotator cuff injuries include rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and corticosteroid injections. Follow your orthopaedic doctor’s recommendations before trying any treatment to avoid any possible complications.

    How is a rotator cuff injury diagnosed?

    A thorough physical examination, medical history review, and imaging studies like X-rays, MRIs, or ultrasounds help diagnose rotator cuff injuries. Your doctor will assess your pain, range of motion, and strength to determine the extent of the injury and recommend the most suitable treatment plan.