Square Your Shoulders

Severe shoulder and elbow pain can limit your day-to-day activities, including activities that you love. But these matters can be easily set right, says Dr Ramesh Subramaniam

9/1/2016 4:39:04 PM
written By : Nithya Subramanian Print

The responsibility of keeping good health rests on your shoulders. But modern lifestyle, improper posture and reckless exercising can all cause severe sports injuries including that of the neck and shoulders. 

Dr Ramesh Subramaniam, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Shoulder and Knee Specialist Surgeon, Centre for Sports and Shoulder and Elbow Surgery believes that these problems are easily curable. “A lot of times with medicine, you’re dealing with complicated chronic diseases that never really go away. Orthopedics is more straightforward and solutions can be easily accessed for a problem. You see outcomes pretty quickly,” he said.

The orthopaedic surgeon, who harboured an interest in science since childhood and subsequently took up medicine, has worked with various sports teams. During a stint in Barcelona, he was directly involved in the care of Spanish soccer players playing for both country and the Barcelona football club. “Watching these players recover from their surgeries and return to the pitch to play had been especially gratifying,” he said.

Excerpts of an exclusive interview with India Se:

India Se: Tell us a little about your background/education. What were your formative years like?

Dr Ramesh Subramaniam: I was born in Singapore and spent my early childhood growing up in Sembawang, attending a neighbourhood primary school there.

Thereafter, I went to Raffles Institution and then Raffles Junior College, where many friendships were formed and are still going strong today. It was an even blend of education, a time of great fun and lots of time playing sports such as soccer, basketball and hockey. I was also part of the scout troop and we organised many camping and outdoor activities.

I went to medical school at the National University of Singapore and then to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. After my residency in Orthopaedic training in Singapore, I moved to Dublin, Ireland for a year for sub- specialisation in minimally invasive shoulder and knee surgery. I also spent another six months in Barcelona in Spain for specialised fellowship training in sports injuries and sports surgery.

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