SLAP Tear – Plano, TX
Dr. Kouyoumjian is a renowned orthopedic sports surgeon serving the residents of Plano, TX. He provides effective diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of sports injuries to the shoulder joint, including SLAP Tear, dislocation, Rotator Cuff injury etc.


SLAP corresponds to ‘superior labrum, anterior to posterior’. An injury to the ring of firm tissue (labrum) that surrounds the shoulder socket is termed as a SLAP Tear. The main function of the labrum is to stabilize the shoulder joint by keeping the arm bone in the shoulder socket.

Causes Of SLAP Tear

  • Fall on an outstretched arm
  • Outstretched arm during an automobile accident
  • Repetitive overhead activities that require constant shoulder motion
  • Sudden pulling of the arm while lifting heavy objects
  • Dislocation of the shoulder
  • A tear in the rotator cuff
  • Seatbelt or shoulder harness injuries

Symptoms Of SLAP Tear

  • Popping or clicking sound may emanate from the shoulder at the time of injury
  • Severe pain at the back of the shoulder
  • Grinding sensation in the shoulder
  • Pain and discomfort while lifting objects overhead
  • Weakness in the shoulder with decreased range of motion
  • Pain during inward or outward shoulder movement
  • Instability in the shoulder

Diagnosis Of SLAP Tear

  • Doctor may ask about the symptoms and the first occurrence of pain
  • Shoulder may be checked to see the range of motion and stability
  • X-Rays may be recommended to check for Arthritis or fracture
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) may be conducted to see the labrum
  • Occasionally a dye may be injected into the joint before MRI to clearly see the shoulder anatomy

Treatment For SLAP Tear

Non-surgical procedures

  • Prescription of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may provide relief from pain
  • Perform stretching exercises on a daily basis may improve flexibility and range of shoulder motion
  • Avoid any activity that may cause discomfort
  • Give complete rest to the affected shoulder to fasten the recovery process
  • Ice packs may help in reducing inflammation and providing relief
  • A sling may be used for a few days to provide support to the arm

Surgical procedures

  • Arthroscopic surgery may be required if symptoms continue after following the prescribed non-surgical treatment methods.
  • Minor tears may be treated by trimming the torn parts of the labrum. This process is known as Debridement.
  • Traumatic labral tears may be treated using bio-absorbable suture anchors
  • Biceps Tenodesis may be performed to treat extremely torn or deteriorated biceps.

For treatment of SLAP Tear and other shoulder disorders, visit Dr. Kouyoumjian. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic sports surgeon in Plano, TX, you can call at (972) 985 – 1072.