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At Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, several of our shoulder surgeons specialize in treating labral tears. The Slocum Center has been caring for shoulder injuries and conditions for many years. Our expert team is dedicated to treating your labral tear (SLAP tear) and helping restore your function and mobility. 

Cause

The glenoid labrum, a soft fibrous rim of tissue, surrounds the socket (glenoid) that helps to stabilize the shoulder joint. The biceps tendon attaches to the top of the labrum and glenoid. SLAP (superior labrum, anterior to posterior) injuries usually result from a fall onto an outstretched hand, repetitive throwing, or heavy lifting.

Treatment

Initial treatment includes resting the shoulder, taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, and icing the shoulder. Strengthening and physical therapy may be helpful. Degenerative labral tears are common in middle-aged individuals and usually do not cause long-term symptomatology.

Younger patients may require surgery for symptom relief. Arthroscopy can remove the torn flap of labrum and correct associated problems. If the tear extends into the biceps tendon or the tendon is detatched, repair is often necessary with suture anchors.

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