What is the Treatment for Shoulder Labral and SLAP Tears?
If the injury is mild, patients will often be directed to rest and ice the shoulder, along with taking anti-inflammatory medication. Physical therapy is then suggested to strengthen the shoulder and surrounding muscle.
When non-surgical treatments fail, or when the tear is significant, surgery will be recommended. Dr. Mazzara offers three different options when consulting a patient about their Labral or SLAP tear. Each option is typically done through arthroscopic, or minimally-invasive surgery which allows for quicker healing and less risk of infection.
Debridement – If the labral tear is stable and does not involve the biceps tendon, debridement (shaving) will smooth out the tear.
SLAP Repair – A SLAP repair is the most common procedure for symptomatic SLAP lesions. The repair is performed by reattaching the labrum to the socket, using strong sutures. Young patients or athletes who want to remain active in sports, with an otherwise healthy shoulder, are ideal candidates for this arthroscopic surgery.
Labrum Repair – Sutures and anchors are used to firmly re-attach the labrum to the bone of the glenoid. This requires meticulous surgery so as not to create too much stiffness in the shoulder. Rehabilitation after surgery is critical,
For additional information about Labral Tears or SLAP Tears in the shoulder, please visit the office of Dr. James Mazzara serving Manchester, South Windsor, Glastonbury and the surrounding Hartford communities.