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SLAP Tear Overview

This condition is a tear of the labrum in the shoulder joint. The labrum is a ring of cartilage around the shoulder socket that stabilizes the head of the humerus. A SLAP tear occurs at the point where the biceps tendon attaches to the labrum.

Causes of SLAP Tear

SLAP tear can be caused by a trauma to the shoulder, commonly from a fall with the arm outstretched, or by repetitive motions, such as throwing or lifting.

Symptoms of Torn Labrum

Symptoms can include pain and a sensation of catching when the arm is moved, especially during throwing.

Treatment options for Labrum Tear Repair

Treatment options may include rest, anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections and physical therapy. If the tear does not heal, shoulder surgery for labrum tear repair may be needed.