What is a SLAP tear?

A SLAP tear or SLAP lesion is an acronym for a 'superior labral tear from anterior to posterior'. It is an injury to the shoulders cartilaginous suction cup, known as the labrum, which helps keep the head (ball) of the humerus stable in its joint socket.  The most common SLAP tear is when the labrum and bicep tendon slightly detach from the bone but can also be due to degeneration. This type of shoulder injury can occur through a traumatic incident or through repetitive overhead movements over a long period of time. If you are experiencing decreased range of motion coupled with pain or popping through this movement you may be experiencing the symptoms of a SLAP tear.



How is a SLAP tear treated? 

Your first point of call will typically be a specialist, who will have your shoulder scanned to understand the type and severity of your tear. Following this, they will determine whether they believe surgery or non-operative management is your best option. Regardless of what course of management is taken, appropriate exercise rehabilitation will be an important part of treatment and can determine a successful outcome, as it ensures you recondition and strengthen your shoulder to prevent any further issues in the future.

How can an Exercise Physiologist help? 

As a specialist in exercise-based rehab, we are best equipped to help guide you through your exercise rehabilitation and ensure you can return to your former activities and acheive your rehab goals. We do this by helping you form a progressive exercise program that will safely build your shoulder back to health and prevent longterm issues from arising. 

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