SNAPSHOT: Slap Tears- A New Epoch in Shoulder Injuries - SADIYA VANJARA

There are very few who 'dare-don’t-care' of what others may think, if they ask what they SHOULD be asking! And I personally admire those bold ones. Well, here is my sincere confession: Four years back, when I first came across this word, ‘SLAP’ tear, it drew lot of my attention & curiosity. First thing that came to my mind was that it could either be a Mandible or Masseter injury to the person who got the SLAP?!  Or a hand/wrist injury to the person who "SLAPPED" the other one. (see? I don’t mind if you are giggling in your head right now). However, when I found about its ‘true’ full form, I became nostalgic thinking about this particular medical college professor who always use to say, "Why can't people just use full forms? These acronyms can be so intimidating!"

So what is a ‘SLAP’ Tear? And what could cause one?-Full form is ‘Superior Labrum Anterior Posterior’. And what causes it? A labral tear of the shoulder usually occurs suddenly due to a high force going through the labrum beyond what it can withstand. This may be due to heavy or awkward lifting, a fall onto an outstretched hand, point of the shoulder or an elbow, during heavy pushing or pulling, or a forceful throw. A labral tear also commonly occurs in association with a dislocated shoulder. Occasionally, a labral tear of the shoulder may develop over time due to gradual wear and tear associated with overuse. This may cause gradual degeneration and weakening of the labrum predisposing it to further injury. These labral tears of the shoulder typically occur due to repetitive weight bearing activities, lifting or overhead activities and are most common in the older population. In athletes, labral tears are commonly seen in throwing sports (such as cricket or baseball), swimming, racquet sports (such as tennis) or weight lifting.

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