About this disease

What it concerns

A SLAP lesion affects the upper part of the joint lip of the shoulder joint with transition to the long biceps tendon. The trigger is often a fall causing sudden extension or pressure on the shoulder joint.


Different types of SLAP lesion are characterised. They range from fraying without a tear, to a downward tear and on to the basket-shaped detachment of the joint lip. There are anatomic variants of the joint lip that show up similarly on an MRI but have no disease value.

Symptoms and consequences

At rest and in everyday life, affected patients are usually completely or almost pain-free. Activities such as lifting above the head, or behind the back on the other hand can cause pain.

How we can help you

Examination and diagnosis

The examinations include a detailed physical examination and, if necessary, X-rays or MRI. The findings are then discussed and we develop a treatment plan together with the patient. This may include conservative measures such as physiotherapy, painkillers or injections, but surgery may also be necessary.


Some SLAP lesions can be treated conservatively. Others require surgery, usually a shoulder endoscopy. In the case of conservative therapy, we follow the course of treatment during regular check-ups in the consultation hours. In the case of surgery, we accompany the patient before, during and after the procedure and maintain close contact with the physiotherapists treating the patient.

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