Request Appointment

REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT NOW

Ready to make an appointment? Simply complete the fields below. Someone from our office will contact you within 24-48 hours to complete scheduling.

  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
*Do not use for scheduling urgent appointments. For an urgent appointment request, please call the office most convenient to you.

Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior (SLAP) Lesion Tear

Description

Symptoms of this injury can resemble many other shoulder issues. This particular shoulder injury, however, differs in that it involves tearing of the ring of cartilage surrounding the shoulder joint socket. This cartilage, called the labrum, helps stabilize the shoulder joint. Learn more.

Causes & Triggers

  • Acute trauma
  • Aging
  • Fall (especially on outstretched arm)
  • Forceful pull
  • Motor vehicle accident
  • Overuse
  • Repetitive motion
  • Throwing injury

Signs & Symptoms

  • Catching
  • Grinding
  • Instability
  • Limited range of motion
  • Locking
  • Pain
  • Popping
  • Weakness

Tips & Treatment

  • This injury is common among athletes and weight lifters who engage in repetitive overhead motion.
  • Some SLAP tears result from age-related wear and tear.
  • Non-surgical treatment includes rest, ice, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medication and/or physical therapy.
  • If non-operative treatment does not resolve the condition, surgical intervention may be necessary.

Related Procedures

Related Physicians