Know the symptoms, causes, and treatment options for SLAP lesions


Posted on: 29 January 2019 by Hillary Tailor

The shoulder has 3 bones: the scapula, clavicle, and humerus. They work together with the ball and socket joint, to perform various actions. The labrum in the shoulder is not a bone but is soft tissue, and is designed for connecting the socket part of the scapula with the humerus.

When there is not enough cushioning between the bones, labrum tears can occur. There are numerous types of labrum tears, and the SLAP (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior) damage occurs at the top, in the anterior and posterior regions.

We’ll now consider the causes, symptoms & treatments involved with SLAP repairs.

Why does it occur?

A labrum tear can occur for various reasons. The three primary causes are overuse, injury, and wear and tear. People who participate in repetitive overhead sports, such as baseball and basketball players can experience labrum tears. Moreover, a weightlifter who raises a barbell frequently can suffer from a labrum tear. A car accident or falling down with outstretched arms may produce a labrum tear. When a labrum tear occurs, sufferers can experience a catching, popping and grinding feeling in the shoulder, as well as a loss in shoulder strength. It also causes a lower range of motion in the affected area.

Surgical options

Individual treatment methods vary based on each patient’s condition. Medications that help reduce pain and inflammation such as ibuprofen are recommended. There is a wide range of physical therapy exercises that a physical therapist can offer to a person suffering from this condition. When these non-surgical treatment methods do not get the desired results, surgical methods are then considered. Arthroscopy is the most common technique used to treat this condition. A miniature camera is inserted through a small hole into the shoulder joint. The surgeon then gets a better view of the shoulder joint on the accompanying monitor. The surgical instruments are then inserted through the small opening and are guided by the internal view of the shoulder joint. Therefore, this is truly minimally invasive surgery, and as such, the recovery time is shorter for SLAP repairs.

What is arthroscopy?

There aren’t many complications associated with shoulder arthroscopy.  There are a few minor risks, as is the case with almost any type of surgery.  Infection, excessive bleeding, or damage to blood vessels or nerves are unlikely possibilities.  It can take 2 to 4 weeks after the surgery to recover. During this period, a sling should be used to help rest the shoulder. The severity of the injury will often determine how lengthy the period is for recovery. Physical therapy programs are very helpful in aiding the healing process. This is why physical therapy sessions are strongly advised for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.  

Regenerative orthopedics is a modern solution that plays a vital role in promoting the natural repair process in the body. Any pain or discomfort is therefore reduced by means of these treatments and they aid in more positive treatment outcomes for SLAP repairs.

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