Shoulder cartilage tears often develop slowly over time.

INJURY
SLAP Tears

ALSO KNOWN AS
Shoulder cartilage tear

ABOUT
Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior or SLAP is the injury of the top (superior) part of the labrum. The top area is also where biceps tendon attaches to the labrum and a SLAP occurs in front and back of this attachment point; thus at times biceps tendons are involved in the injury.

COMMON INJURY
Through trauma or most often in athletes that participate in a repetitive overhead sport or as the result of wearing down the labrum slowly over time.

DIAGNOSIS
Your SMGOA physician will discuss your symptoms and history, as well as complete a range of motion test on your shoulder. After other physical examination elements are complete, an x-ray and/or MRI may be ordered.

NON SURGICAL TREATMENT
Non surgical treatments such as rest, activity modification, non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and steroid injections are most common treatments.

SURGICAL TREATMENT
Most often completed through arthroscopy, surgery may be necessary to relieve pain and establish a near normal activity level. Because there are many types of SLAP tears, your SMGOA surgeon will make the corrective decision once arthroscopy is underway.

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