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SLAP Lesions usually refer to tears in the topmost part of the cartilaginous extensions of the shoulder’s ball-and-socket joint, called the labrum, which are fairly common in overhead throwing athletes like baseball and football players.

SLAP Lesions can result from a traumatic injury to the shoulder or from repeated stress and can occur anywhere in the periphery of the pear-shaped glenoid labrum. Symptoms include a catching or clicking of the joint during overhead activities, shoulder pain and a popping sound at the time of injury and thereafter.

Arthroscopic surgery is indicated to repair SLAP Lesions that do not respond to activity modification and therapy.

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