Slap Tear

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Slap Tear

A SLAP tear is a shoulder injury that affects the labrum, which is the ring of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder socket. It can cause pain and instability in the shoulder joint, especially during overhead movements.

Ways to Prevent SLAP tear
  • Avoiding repetitive overhead activities that put strain on the shoulder
  • Proper warm-up and stretching before physical activity
  • Strengthening the shoulder muscles through exercise
What Causes SLAP tear?
  • Direct trauma to the shoulder joint
  • Repetitive overhead motions that strain the shoulder joint
  • Age-related wear and tear on the joints
SLAP tear Symptoms
  • Pain in the shoulder joint, especially during overhead movements
  • A popping or clicking sensation in the shoulder
  • Weakness or instability in the shoulder
  • Limited range of motion in the shoulder
When to See the Doctor
  • If you experience persistent shoulder pain or weakness
  • If you have difficulty using your arm or lifting objects
  • If you notice swelling or tenderness in the shoulder joint
SLAP tear Treatment
  • Rest and avoiding activities that aggravate the shoulder
  • Physical therapy to improve joint mobility and strength
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Arthroscopic surgery maybe required to repair the torn labrum in severe cases
How Dr. Kunal Patel Can Help

Dr. Kunal Patel is an experienced orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of shoulder injuries and conditions, including SLAP tears. He can perform a thorough evaluation to determine the extent of your injury and recommend the most appropriate treatment option for your individual needs. Dr. Patel uses advanced surgical techniques and technology to provide personalized and effective care to his patients, helping them achieve optimal outcomes and regain their shoulder function.