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Sports Injuries

SLAP (Superior Labrum Anterior Posterior) Tear

A SLAP tear occurs when the labrum (articular cartilage of the shoulder) is injured. Specifically, the superior part of the labrum is torn in both the front and back. This injury can result from overtime wear down of the labrum and acute injuries. It also occurs frequently in athletes who do overhead sports, like in tennis players or baseball pitchers.


Typical symptoms of a SLAP tear include pain, decreased strength and range of motion, a “popping” sensation, and “dead arm”. Nonsurgical treatment of this injury includes Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and physical therapy  while the surgical treatment is typically arthroscopy.

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