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 & Treatments

  • 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.


These lists are not inclusive of all conditions and procedures. In order to obtain a complete and accurate diagnosis, a physician should assess your individual situation. Following diagnosis, your physician will discuss appropriate treatment options with you – both surgical and non-surgical. Schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic ONE physician.