A SLAP tear is an injury to the ring of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder joint, the labrum. Labral tears come in several different types including SLAP (Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior). A SLAP tear is commonly seen in athletes who use repeated overhead motions such as baseball and tennis players. Many SLAP tears are the result of a wearing down of the labrum over time.
- Locking, popping, catching or grinding of the shoulder
- Pain with movement
- Pain with lifting overhead
- Shoulder weakness
- Decreased range of motion
In many cases a SLAP tear can be treated without surgery. Conservative treatment options include the use of anti-inflammatory medication and physical therapy. Surgery is recommended for patients when pain does not improve with nonsurgical methods. There are several different types of SLAP tears. Surgical repair is usually determined after arthroscopy.
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