A SLAP tear is a specific
kind of injury to your shoulder.
You have a ring of firm tissue around your shoulder socket. This is called the labrum (say "LAY-brum"). The labrum helps keep your arm bone in the shoulder
SLAP stands for "superior labrum, anterior to
posterior." In other words, it is the top part of the labrum, from the front to the
back. This is the part that is injured or torn in a SLAP
You may get a SLAP tear if you:
Symptoms of a SLAP tear may
The first step is to see if pain medicine and rehabilitation (rehab) can help.
If over-the-counter medicine such as
acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) doesn't control your pain,
your doctor may give you a prescription medicine.
includes doing a home exercise program, stretching, and avoiding
activities that cause pain. If this doesn't help, your doctor may
want you to go to a physiotherapist.
people, surgery is the only thing that helps. With arthroscopic surgery, the
doctor can get a close look at the injury and also do some repairs.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and
call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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