Prof. Dr. Mehmet İşyar – Ortopedi ve Travmatoloji Doktoru

Slap Lesion

Mehmet İşyar, M.D. Prof

A SLAP lesion (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior lesion) refers to a type of injury or damage located inside the shoulder joint. This injury affects an area of tissue in the upper part of the shoulder called the labrum. The labrum is a ring-like tissue around the shoulder joint that further stabilizes the joint.

SLAP lesions usually occur as a result of repetitive shoulder movements, overuse, falls or traumatic events. Symptoms of SLAP lesions can include shoulder pain, weakness, a feeling of instability and limited movement of the shoulder. In addition, “pop” or “kip” sounds can be heard during shoulder movements.

SLAP lesions are usually diagnosed by physical examination and imaging tests (for example, magnetic resonance imaging – MRI). Treatment options may vary depending on the severity of the lesion and the patient’s symptoms. Treatment options may include medications (painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs), physical therapy, rehabilitation, injections into the shoulder joint and surgery.

If SLAP lesions are left untreated, symptoms can persist and affect the mobility of the shoulder. Therefore, it is important to consult a specialist when a SLAP lesion is diagnosed and if symptoms remain untreated. The treatment plan is tailored to the individual characteristics of the patient, the severity of the lesion and their age. In cases where surgery is required, it is performed by an orthopedic surgeon and the rehabilitation process after surgery will help the patient’s recovery.

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