A SLAP lesion is an injury to a part of the shoulder joint called the labrum, which is the cartilage cuff that forms a cup for the end of the arm bone and helps the joint compensate for the shallow depth of the shoulder socket. A SLAP lesion is a tear that occurs where the tendon of the biceps muscle meets the labrum. SLAP is the abbreviation for a superior labral tear from anterior to posterior.
SLAP lesions are difficult to diagnose because they can mimic other shoulder problems. SLAP tears occur most commonly as a result of trauma, such as a fall, or a repetitive shoulder motion from overhead activities often seen in sports such as baseball and tennis.
Symptoms may include pain in the front or top of shoulder, clicking or locking of shoulder or decrease range of motion in the shoulder or arm.
Why Dr. Joseph Hecht?
Dr. Hecht is board certified in orthopedic surgery, providing expert knowledge and expertise in the area of shoulder conditions, preservation and treatment options. As one of the top Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland knee surgeons, Dr. Hecht brings years of valuable experience to every shoulder assessment.