Labral tears are common. In fact, SLAP (Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior) tear is one of the most common injuries seen in a shoulder surgeon’s office. Usually these tears are caused by forceful injury to your shoulder such as forceful lifting, falling, or hanging from the arm. If you have recently fallen or suddenly had to brace yourself with your shoulder, and you are experiencing chronic pain, you may have suffered a SLAP tear. Many patients feel pain, weakness, or aching in the shoulder. If you suspect that you may have suffered a SLAP tear in Peoria, IL, you need to call Dr. Miguel Ramirez right away at
(309) 676-5546 to make your appointment. With fast and effective treatment, we can minimize pain caused by a SLAP tear.
How to Diagnose a SLAP Tear
It can be difficult to diagnose a SLAP tear compared to some other shoulder injuries. There are a few different methods an experienced physician may use to pinpoint the cause of your shoulder pain. SLAP tears can be diagnosed with the following tests:
- Inspection by an experienced doctor
- MRI scan with dye to see the damage to your labrum
- Arthroscopic diagnosis
Dr. Miguel Ramirez can help diagnose your SLAP tear in Peoria, IL quickly so you can get the relief you need and a swift return to activity.
Recovery from SLAP Tear
The recovery from a SLAP tear can vary depending on the severity of the injury and other clinical factors, such as the age of the patient and symptoms before treatment. In many cases, a SLAP tear can treated nonsurgically with injections and physical therapy. In cases in which these modalities have failed, a surgery may be required. Dr. Ramirez has received specific training in the most advanced minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery techniques. Recovery from surgery is swift and patients are usually back to athletics in just a few months. During your recovery, you will be directed to participate in a specialized, structured physical therapy regimen specifically designed to return patients to full activity in the least amount of time.
If you would like more information about the SLAP tear recovery period as it pertains to you, talk to your doctor.