When SLAP Repairs Fail

JAAOS article examines challenges surrounding diagnosis and management

Maureen Leahy

A superior labral anterior-posterior (SLAP) tear is an injury to the superior glenoid labrum of the shoulder. Initial treatment for SLAP tears typically includes nonsurgical methods such as physical therapy, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication, and activity modification. When conservative interventions fail, arthroscopy may be indicated. Although most SLAP tears heal favorably with arthroscopic repair, some patients report persistent pain or recurrent symptoms and seek additional treatment.

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