Signs & Symptoms Orthopedics

SLAP Tear
Signs and Symptoms

Patients with SLAP tears may experience these symptoms:

  • Shoulder pain when moving arms overhead
  • Pain when lifting heavy objects
  • Diminished ability to perform sports
  • Clicking or catching in the shoulder joint, as if something were stuck inside
  • Deep pain within or in back of the joint
  • Pain in the front of the shoulder (if the biceps tendon is also injured)

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.

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