Non-operative Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior (SLAP) Lesion Tear Treatment
Non-operative treatment may help a large percentage of patients with a superior labral tear. This non-operative treatment requires avoiding the offending sport or activity for 3 to 6 weeks in combination with ice and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (if your medical history allows it). A structured physical therapy program is also initiated to restore range of motion as well as strength. In addition rehabilitation of the leg, hip, abdominal and back musculature enhances recovery. When the athlete is pain free and has near full range of motion and strength, a sport or work simulation is carried out. If an athlete has persistent pain, weakness, clicking and catching which prevent return to sport, work or sleep then surgical treatment may be necessary.