SLAP tears are a form of labral tears in the shoulder, where the biceps tendon inserts into labrum of the scapula (shoulder blade). Many of these are corrected with surgical intervention, but partial tears can recover with rehab. This is very common injury in athletes with shoulder instability, overuse, and/or after traumatic injuries.
Lesson: Physical therapy can’t “fix” a tear, but instead can provide the correct stimulus to facilitate the body to “fix” itself. The main goals for therapy are to educate the patient on their condition and movements to avoid in order to keep their injury protected. As the patient progresses from the protection phase and pain is decreased the goal of therapy progresses to improving ROM and strength that will help decrease the reoccurrence of the injury.