A SLAP tear is one of a type of shoulder injury. It affects the labrum (a rubber-like tissue that holds the ball of the shoulder joint in place) which is the cartilage on the rim of the shoulder’s socket. The term SLAP stands for Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior. The tear occurs in the top (superior) area of the labrum, where the biceps tendon is attached. A SLAP tear occurs both in front (anterior) and back (posterior) of this attachment point. The biceps tendon might be injured, too.

SLAP tear symptoms

Many of SLAP tear symptoms are similar to other types of shoulder injuries which includes-

  • pain with certain movements or positions
  • shoulder weakness
  • sensation of shoulder popping, locking, grinding
  • pain with lifting objects, especially over your head
  • decreased range of motion

SLAP tear causes       

  • Normal aging process (over 40 years)
  • Physical injury
    • shoulder dislocation
    • falling on an outstretched arm
    • auto vehicle collision
    • quickly moving the arm while it’s above the shoulder
  • Repetitive motion

SLAP tear treatment

SLAP treatment depends on the severity and location of your injury. It usually begins with nonsurgical techniques.

Physical therapy at SOS PHYSIO Rehab

Physical therapy exercises will focus on improving the flexibility, movement, and strength of your shoulder.

Specific exercises will restore movement and strengthen your shoulder. Flexibility and range-of-motion exercises will include stretching the shoulder capsule, which is the strong connective tissue that surrounds the joint.

There are many physical therapy treatments such as Manual therapy & Active Release Techniques (ART) are found to be very effective in treating this type of disorder.
For more information- Contact your local SOS PHYSIO clinic.

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