Dr. Goodhart, a board certified orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, TX, specializes in the treatment of various shoulder injuries. He has extensive experience in treating SLAP Tear and restoring the previous functionality of the shoulder joint.


SLAP (Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior) Tear refers to an injury to the cartilage that lines the socket (glenoid) of the shoulder joint. The outer edge of the glenoid is protected by a strong tissue, known as the labrum. It helps to provide space for the upper arm to fit in the socket and maintain the stability of the shoulder joint. Injury to the part of the labrum that attaches to the biceps tendon is known as SLAP Tear. Depending upon its severity, the condition can be classified as:

  • Type 1: Minor tearing of the superior labrum
  • Type 2: The superior labrum may get completely detached from the socket
  • Type 3: The labrum may tear off partially and hang loosely into the joint
  • Type 4: The labral tear is severe and may extend up to the upper end of the biceps muscle

Causes Of SLAP Tear

  • Fall on an outstretched arm
  • Motor vehicle collisions
  • Lifting heavy objects repetitively or forcefully
  • Excessive overhead activities, such as playing racquet sports
  • Dislocated shoulder

Symptoms Of SLAP Tear

  • Severe pain
  • Popping, grinding or locking sensation
  • Instability
  • Weakness
  • Limited range of motion
  • Pain while trying to raise the hand overhead
  • Feeling that the shoulder may give out

Treatment For SLAP Tear

  • Medication: The orthopedic surgeon may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain and swelling. Cortisone injections may be administered in case of severe pain.
  • Physical Therapy: It may help in stretching and strengthening the shoulder joint. Over time, physical therapy may restore the joint’s normal range of motion.
  • Ice Packs: Frequent application of ice packs may help to reduce swelling in the shoulder.
  • Debridement: If the SLAP Tear is minor, the orthopedic surgeon may perform debridement procedure to trim away the torn labrum and smoothen its edges.  
  • SLAP Repair: This procedure may be recommended for athletes or physically active patients. It involves stitching back the torn labrum to the shoulder socket.
  • Biceps Tenodesis: In this, the biceps tendon is torn from the point where it attaches to the labrum, thereby reducing pressure on the SLAP region and eliminating pain.  

For diagnosis and treatment of SLAP Tear and other shoulder injuries, visit Dr. Goodhart. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, TX, you can call at (972) 899 – 4679.