Superior labrum anterior to posterior lesions (SLAP) are commonly related to an overhead injury. Patients can present with pain, clicking, catching or grinding with overhead activities. It is often associated with other conditions such as impingement, biceps tendonitis or shoulder instability.
Treatment is determined by a patient’s age, grade of the tear, chronicity of the tear, mechanism of injury and sport demand.
Treatment varies from conservative to surgery (debridement, suture anchor repair, biceps tenotomy or biceps tenodesis).
You will be in a sling for 6 weeks. Physiotherapy will be started immediately to prevent stiffness. You will first start active exercises after 6 weeks. It is important to follow the physiotherapy protocol closely.
It can take up to 6 to 12 months before you return to your competitive level of sport.