SLAP tear



An injury to the ring of cartilage around the socket of the shoulder joint.


A SLAP tear can be caused by an injury such as a car accident. It also can be due repetitive shoulder motion caused by activities such as weightlifting. Some SLAP tears happen due to wear and tear with age.


SLAP tear symptoms can include a feeling of locking, popping, grinding or catching. It may hurt to move the shoulder, hold it in certain positions or lift objects. The shoulder may feel weaker or less mobile.


SLAP tear treatment often includes physical therapy and pain relievers such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen sodium (Aleve). If these don't help, surgery may be needed.