What is type 2 SLAP repair?
SLAP Type 2 This type leaves a gap between the articular cartilage and the labral attachment to the bone. Type 2 SLAP tears can be further subdivided into (a) anterior (b) posterior, and (c) combined anterior-posterior lesions. Treatment is reattachment of the labrum (SLAP repair).
Should I repair my SLAP tear?
It is tearing of the labrum that causes an unstable biceps attachment. An attempt of conservative treatment can be made with this type of tear. Unfortunately, younger, athletic, and active patients often do not improve with conservative treatment and arthroscopic surgery to repair the SLAP tear is warranted.
Does a type 2 SLAP tear require surgery?
While there are many types of SLAP tears, most can be treated with physical therapy or surgery.
Can I live with a SLAP tear?
If one has a SLAP tear, yet no pain and no limitation of function, then it would be advisable to live with the tear. Symptomatic tears can present with either pain with overhead sports (swim, throw, etc.), pain with lifting objects, or frank instability.
How bad are SLAP tears?
SLAP tears can cause pain and range-of-motion problems in the shoulder labrum, the biceps tendon or both. Common symptoms of a SLAP tear include: dull or aching pain in the shoulder, especially while lifting over the head. a painful feeling of clicking, popping or grinding in the shoulder during movement.
Can you lift weights with a SLAP tear?
You should not return to training using heavy weights or on weight machines until your doctor determines that it is safe. In general, it is usually safe to return to heavier weight training at three months following labrum repair.
How are SLAP tears treated?
Initial treatment methods for SLAP tears are typically nonsurgical. Depending on your injury, a shoulder specialist may recommend anti-inflammatory medication to reduce pain and swelling, followed by physical therapy exercises designed to strengthen the shoulder and restore range of motion and function.
Does a SLAP tear hurt all the time?
In most cases, a labrum SLAP tear doesn’t hurt all the time. The pain usually happens when you use your shoulder to do a task, especially an overhead activity. You may also notice: A catching, locking, or grinding feeling.