Dr Mandy Zhang is an Associate Consultant at Singapore Sport and Exercise Medicine Centre. She obtained post-graduate qualifications from the Membership of Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh), Masters of Family Medicine (Singapore), Masters of Sports Medicine (Australia), FIFA diploma in football medicine and is a Fellow of the Academy of Medicine Singapore. She is also the Training and Education Deputy Director for Exercise is Medicine, an affiliate of the American College of Sports Medicine. Her clinical interests include sports injury prevention, musculoskeletal sonography and performing arts medicine.
Osteoarthritis of the knee is a complex interaction of biochemical, biomechanical and biological factors which can be further complicated by injury. This condition is commonly seen in athletes and can pose a clinical dilemma to the physician managing the athlete who, wishes to maintain an active lifestyle despite the presence of radiologically confirmed disease. What are the risk factors for early osteoarthritis in athletes and how is it different from the normal population? Can knee osteoarthritis injuries and recurrences be prevented and how can it be managed effectively in athletes?