You shoulder is considered a ball and socket joint and is comprised of three bones. The humerus is the upper arm bone. The scapula is the shoulder blade. And, the clavicle is the collarbone. A ring of cartilage known as the labrum surrounds the shoulder joint’s socket. The labrum’s functions include deepening the socket, stabilizing the joint, and serving as an attachment point for other ligaments of the shoulder. Injuries to this ring of cartilage are known as SLAP tears.
What Is A SLAP Injury
SLAP stands for the Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior. When the top part of the labrum (where the bicep attaches to the labrum) is injured, it is referred to as a SLAP injury. In these tears, both the front (posterior) and back (anterior) of the labrum can be affected and torn. In some cases, the bicep tendon will also suffer a tear as a result of the injury.
What Causes A SLAP Injury
SLAP tears are caused by a number of factors. Both repetitive stressors and acute trauma can cause these injuries. Common causes of acute trauma to the labrum are motor vehicle accidents, sports related injuries that involve falling directly onto an outstretched arm, a forceful pulling on the arm (often found in athletes straining to catch a ball), rapid or sudden movement of the arm when it outstretched above the head, and shoulder dislocation.
What Are The Symptoms of a SLAP Injury
SLAP injury symptoms include the following.
A feeling of locking, catching, popping, or grinding in the shoulder joint.
Pain experienced when moving the shoulder or when trying to hold the arm upright in one position for a period of time.
Pain experienced while lifting heavy objects.
A sudden and noticeable decrease in the strength of the shoulder.
In baseball, pitchers might notice deterioration in the velocity of their pitches and experience “dead arm” sensations.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, request an appointment with an NJ Sports Medicine specialist today!
Contacting A Sports Injury Specialist
If you’re experiencing chronic, acute, or prolonged pain that matches any of the above symptoms, prompt diagnosis and treatment are crucial. Call the NJ Sports Medicine team to schedule a consultation and learn about our minimally invasive treatment options today. Our team can be reached at 732-720-2555.