If you have sustained a SLAP tear, you need to be proactive in your medical care because that part of the labrum has poor vascular supply which can make healing difficult. If it does not heal well, you could face a lifetime of chronic shoulder pain. We want to help you obtain adequate compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call 612-TSR-TIME or submit our free consultation form. Our partners have been named Super Lawyers many times and have a reputation for getting the job done.
Minnesota Labral Tear – SLAP Tear Injury
When the glenoid labrum is torn, it is called a labral tear. Labral tears are classified by the location of the tear in relation to the glenoid. A SLAP tear is when the glenoid labrum is separated at the tendon of the biceps muscle from front to back. The acronym stands for Superior Labral tear Anterior to Posterior. A SLAP tear occurs frequently in slip and fall accidents when the person falls on an outstretched arm or in car accidents when the arm is outstretched to brace against impact.
A SLAP tear can be difficult to diagnose. The best way to confirm a SLAP tear is with an MRI contrast. There are some risks associated with the contrast injection (gadolinium), including allergic reaction, dizziness, shortness of breath, blood clots, and kidney damage. Because of the risks associated with the MRI contrast, many people let the doctor make the diagnosis at the time of surgery.
Minnesota SLAP Tear Treatment
Surgery is almost always necessary to recover from a severe SLAP tear injury. The surgery options are:
- open incision, where it permits the surgeon more visibility
- arthroscopic, where there is less chance of infection and recovery time is shorter
Minnesota SLAP Tear Recovery
Whether you opt for open or arthroscopic surgery, physical therapy is mandatory. Physical therapy begins at about four weeks. Full recovery from a SLAP tear injury depends on the extent of damage, how it was treated, and how faithfully physical therapy was performed. It will usually be at least 3-4 months before your shoulder feels close to normal. It can take up to a year for your shoulder to be completely healed after surgery.
Minnesota SLAP Tear Injury Attorney
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