SLAP (Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior) Tears

SLAP Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior Tear. Labrum is the strong and fibrous tissue that surrounds the outer edge of the glenoid. The labrum acts as an attachment point for most of the Shoulder ligaments and also for one of the tendons in the biceps muscle. The labrum makes shoulder joint a stronger fit for the head of the upper arm bone.


The superior or top part, where biceps tendon attaches to the labrum, is injured in SLAP injuries. It can occur in both the front and back of this attachment point.

Causeslap injury treatment in hyderabad

SLAP injuries may be due to trauma or repetitive shoulder movement. Acute SLAP injury can be caused by:


  • Road Accident
  • Fall onto outstretched arm
  • Forceful pulling on the arm
  • Rapid or Forceful movement
  • Shoulder Dislocation


SLAP tears may also be a result of wear and tear of the labrum as part of normal process of ageing.


SLAP tears may also be a result of wear and tear of the labrum as part of normal process of ageing.


• A shoulder locking or catching sensation
• Pain when you try to move shoulder
• Pain while lifting objects overhead
• Reduced strength in the shoulder
• It feels like the Shoulder is going to pop out
• Restricted range of motion
Now that you got to know the symptoms then consult the best lesions doctor in Hyderabad.

Physical Examination

For the best physical examination consult the best doctor for shoulder slap (tear)

During the physical examination, the doctor checks for range of movement, shoulder stability and strength. The doctor may ask you to place your arm in different positions to check for severity of pain and other symptoms. Doctor will also examine the head & neck to ensure the pain not a result of a pinched nerve.

Imaging Tests

There are surgical and non surgical procedures for shoulder slap (tear) treatment which are as follows:

MRI image of a healthy shoulder
(Left) An MRI image of a healthy shoulder. (Right) This MRI image shows a tear in the labrum.

Nonsurgical Treatment

Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Medication

Surgical Treatment

Surgical intervention may be necessary of pain does not improve with nonsurgical methods. Most commonly used technique for repairing SLAP injury is Arthroscopy.


To keep the patient’s arm from moving, the doctor will recommend using a sling for 2 to 4 weeks post surgery. How long the sling is required depends on the severity of your injury. Physiotherapy program will start once the pain and swelling subsides. Recovery time differs from one patient to another as each may have varied health conditions.