SLAP Tear

About SLAP Tears:

A superior labrum anterior posterior (SLAP) tear is a term that is used to describe an injury at the top end of the shoulder labrum. The labrum is a type of cartilage located in the ball and socket joint of the shoulder where it meets the arm bone. This cartilage surrounding the socket can become damaged over time due to small micro tears or trauma especially when dealing with overhand motions in sports. The tearing of this cartilage can lead to pain, clicking and popping sensations, and shoulder instability.

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Pain when raising the arm may occur
  • Pain experienced in the shoulder
  • Catching, locking, or popping sensation in the shoulder joint
  • A painful experience when throwing an object
  • Shoulder instability or looseness in the shoulder

How is it Treated?

  • Physical Therapy
  • Pain medications
  • Cortisone or other medication based injections
  • This injury may require surgery. Seeing an orthopedic specialist should be considered.

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