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SLAP Lesion

A superior labral tear from anterior to posterior (SLAP) lesion is an injury to the labrum, the fibrous cartilage rim attached around the glenoid cavity, which is located in the shoulder. This injury occurs at a variety of different degrees of severity, and a range of activities can cause pain, from strenuous activities to routine movements.

Symptoms

  • Dull throbbing ache in the shoulder
  • Difficulty sleeping due to shoulder discomfort
  • Decreased stability in the joint
  • Shoulder drop that pulls on the muscles and ligaments causing pain
  • Loss of strength in the shoulder
  • Pain and a catching feeling when throwing

Treatment

  • Ice packs to relieve pain from swelling or inflammation
  • Physical therapy
  • Surgery to reattach the labrum to the glenoid (most common treatment)

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