Learn about the three underlying causes of SLAP tears (labral tears).
The shoulder joint is made up of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone). Injury to these bones and their surrounding ligaments and muscles is most often sustained during sports with repetitive overhead motions such as pitching in baseball or many swimming strokes.
Learn about the four major types of SLAP tears (labral tears) and how each type is typically treated.
SLAP Tear Symptoms
SLAP tear symptoms are similar to the symptoms are other shoulder injuries and include shoulder pain, stiffness, weakness and reduced range of motion.
Soft Tissues of the Shoulder
Muscles, tendons, and ligaments play crucial roles in moving and stabilizing the highly-mobile shoulder joint. The shoulder’s soft tissues are also susceptible to injury.
Surgery for Dislocated Shoulder
Surgery may be recommended for patients who do not experience relief from their shoulder dislocation symptoms after several months of nonsurgical treatment. The type of procedure a patient undergoes is determined by several factors.
While it is not common, surgical treatment may be recommended for some cases of shoulder impingement where nonsurgical options do not adequately relieve pain.
Fractures in the shoulder usually occur in the scapula (shoulder blade), clavicle (collarbone), or humerus (upper arm) bones.
Treating a Clavicle Fracture
The goal of surgical and non-surgical treatment for a clavicle fracture is to restore shoulder strength and mobility as the fractured bone pieces mend.
The majority of proximal humerus fractures can be treated non-surgically; however, there are certain cases that require surgical treatment.
Treating a Scapula Fracture
Nonsurgical treatments are often effective in treating scapula fractures; however, surgery to repair a broken scapula is necessary in certain cases.