SLAP Tear – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Fagelman is a leading shoulder surgeon serving Carrollton, TX. He specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of orthopedic conditions including Rotator Cuff Tear, Frozen Shoulder, SLAP Tear etc.

SLAP Tear

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint surrounded by a strong and fibrous tissue known as labrum. The function of the labrum is to provide strength and stability to the shoulder joint. An injury to the labrum of the shoulder is termed as a SLAP (Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior) Tear.

Causes Of SLAP Tear

  • Repetitive use of the shoulder
  • Wear and tear of the labrum
  • Sudden trauma or a motor vehicle accident
  • Falling on an outstretched arm
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Forceful pulling of the arm while trying to catch a heavy object

Symptoms Of SLAP Tear

  • A grinding or popping sensation in the shoulder joint
  • Acute pain at the site of injury
  • Instability and weakness
  • Pain worsens when trying to move the shoulder or arm
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Discomfort while lifting heavy objects
  • The shoulder feels like it can pop out of the joint

Diagnosis Of SLAP Tear

  • The doctor may examine the symptoms and ask about the activities that lead to shoulder pain
  • A thorough physical examination may be conducted to check the strength and range of motion of the joint
  • The doctor may move the arm in several directions to assess the symptoms
  • Imaging tests such as X-ray may be conducted to get clear images of the bone structure. It may also reveal other bone-related problems such as Arthritis or fracture
  • Further imaging tests such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) may also be suggested by the doctor to identify soft tissue injuries

Treatment For SLAP Tear

Non-surgical treatment may be effective for minor SLAP tear.

Non-surgical treatment
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed by the orthopedic doctor to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Physical therapy may prove to be useful in strengthening the shoulder and regaining normal range of motion
Surgical treatment

  • The most commonly used surgical procedure is arthroscopy wherein a small camera or arthroscope is inserted into the shoulder joint. The surgeon may remove the worn out part of the labrum or re-attach it to the bone.
  • A sling may be worn for at least 2-4 weeks after surgery to promote healing.

For complete treatment of SLAP Tear, visit Dr. Fagelman. To schedule an appointment with the shoulder surgeon in Carrollton, TX, call at (972) 492 – 1334.