SLAP Tear Treatments

Non-surgical SLAP Tear Treatments

Once Dr. Madsen has diagnosed the patient, the initial SLAP Tear Treatments may include simple lifestyle changes including:

• Avoiding activity:  The first step towards relief is taking a break from sports, exercise and other physically demanding activities while allowing the shoulder to rest.
• Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs): Ibuprofen, naproxen, piroxicam, celecoxib, and others, may temporarily relieve pain and control inflammation. NSAIDS should be used cautiously and are not meant as a long-term solution. Dr. Madsen will explain the usage and side effects with you if prescribed.
• Physical therapy: Dr. Madsen may prescribe exercises to increase shoulder strength. You may do these exercises on your own, or a physical therapist may teach you how to safely and properly stretch your shoulder muscles as not to damage the joint further.
• Injections: Injection of a corticosteroid along with a local anesthetic may also be helpful in relieving symptoms of SLAP tears. This is a simple and effective treatment that can be done in the doctor’s office. The injection may provide temporary or permanent relief. If pain and inflammation return, another injection or two, given a few months apart, may be needed. It is important to limit the number of injections, as prolonged corticosteroid injections may damage the surrounding tissues.

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Surgical SLAP Tear Treatments

Dr. Madsen will determine if nonsurgical treatments are sufficient for the SLAP tear treatment. If the tear is severe and/or conservative avenues have not provided relief, he may suggest a minimally invasive shoulder arthroscopic surgery.

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