What is a SLAP lesion?
Often an initial forceful movement of the labrum attached to the biceps tendon to be torn away from the bone (glenoid). This may be associated with a dislocation of the joint, but commonly occurs in athletes and workers with a pull on the arm, weightlifting, throwing injury or tackle. Laborers can tear the labrum with a slip and fall while holding on a railing with the injured arm. If the initial condition does not heal properly, pain will result and worsen over time.
Strong shoulder muscles remain the best defense against shoulder injuries. Exercises that build up these muscles around the shoulder should be done. Adequate warm-up before activity and avoidance of high-contact sports will help prevent of an instability-causing injury.
Painkillers and anti-inflammatories - help control the pain.
Try this link as well for a SLAP repair.
arthroscopic scissors inserted via small puncture hole in skin and cutting the long head of biceps (arthroscopic view on the right).
A nerve block is usually used during the surgery. This means that immediately after the operation the shoulder and arm often feel completely numb. This may last for a few hours. After this the shoulder may well be sore and you will be given painkillers. These can be continued after you are discharged home. Ice packs or a cold compression wrap may also help reduce pain. Wrap crushed ice or frozen peas in a damp, cold cloth and place on the shoulder for up to 15 minutes. Ensuring you cover the wound site with a piece of gauze and tape to keep the area dry.
Return to work
Reference, adapted from one of the best shoulder sites on the web, www.shoulderdoc.co.uk.
Thanks for the reminder and permission, Prof. Funk.