SLAP Tears

Also known as: superior labrum anterior and posterior tear.

What are SLAP tears?

SLAP is an acronym that stands for superior labrum anterior and posterior. The labrum is a ring of cartilage that holds the bones of the shoulder joint in position. The SLAP region is where the biceps' tendon attaches.

What causes SLAP tears?

SLAP tears frequently occur due to injuries to the shoulder, such as falls, car accidents or shoulder dislocation. They can also be the result of repetitive use injuries, such as throwing a ball.

What are the symptoms of SLAP tears?

Pain when moving the shoulder in certain ways, weakness, reduced range of motion and a popping or locking sensation in the shoulder are all potential symptoms of SLAP tears.

How can SLAP tears affect children?

Children are more likely to experience SLAP tears due to accidents or injuries. They are less likely to occur due to repetitive motion injuries.

What are SLAP tear treatments?

Mild to moderate SLAP tears may be treated with physical therapy, over-the-counter pain relievers, rest and exercises to strengthen the shoulder. More severe SLAP tears may require surgery followed by rehabilitation.

Reviewed by: Craig Spurdle. MD

This page was last updated on: April 21, 2021 09:57 AM

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