What is a SLAP tear?


SLAP stands for Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior. A SLAP injury occurs when the labrum, a ring of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder socket, is frayed or completely torn. This type of injury occurs where the biceps tendon meets the labrum.

What causes SLAP injuries?

Many times, these injuries are seen after a forceful incident to the shoulder, like a dislocation or falling on an outstretched arm. Other causes can include:

  • Sports injuries
  • Car accidents
  • Forceful pulling on the arm (trying to catch a heavy object)

Often, labrum tears are caused by a wearing down of the tissues. This is common in patients over 40, or athletes who participate in repetitive overhead sports, like pitchers and weightlifters.

How do I know if I have a SLAP injury?

Symptoms of SLAP tears include:

  • A feeling of locking, popping, catching or grinding in the shoulder
  • Pain during movement or while holding shoulder in specific positions
  • Pain when lifting objects
  • Decrease in strength and/or mobility
  • Looseness in the joint, or feeling like the shoulder is going to “pop out”

These symptoms are often associated with other shoulder conditions, so if you feel you may have a SLAP injury, it’s best to consult an orthopaedic specialist.


It’s important to explore non-surgical options first when considering treatment for SLAP injuries. These alternatives options can include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication or physical therapy.

Surgery is sometimes required when these injuries do not respond to medication or therapy. In most cases, the surgeon will conduct an arthroscopy. This less invasive method uses a camera inserted into the shoulder joint to guide the surgeon fixing the tear with smaller instruments. To learn more about shoulder arthroscopy, visit this blog post.

What to expect after surgery

The labrum will take time to heal, so you may need to wear a sling around your arm for two to four weeks. After the initial healing process has begun, your doctor may recommend physical therapy to aid you in recovering your mobility and strength in the shoulder joint.

For athletes, it’s important to discuss return to activity plans with your physician. Since these injuries take time to heal, it’s best to let the shoulder rest before jumping back into the game. Usually, throwing athletes return to early interval throwing three to four months after surgery. Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital offers a program to assist athletes called Perfect Pitch. To find out more about our athletic training programs, please visit https://www.neorthohospital.com/our-services/sports-medicine.


What is a SLAP tear?

What is Diagnostic Imaging?


At Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital, we are fortunate to have a diagnostic imaging department. This department consists of General and Surgical Radiology services, as well as MRI and CT services. The department’s 2 MRI scanners and CT scanner allow our physicians to see a more detailed picture of the organs, ligaments, tendons and tissues that may be injured or affected by an injury.

What is the difference between an MRI and CT scan?

An MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Image, is a large cylindrical device that accommodates the patient during imaging. Unlike a CT, the MRI magnet has no moving parts and does not use radiation. The only things that move are electrons and protons in a strong magnetic field during the image acquisition, just as its name suggests. With an MRI, images are taken via “slices” and show a detailed cross-section of the anatomy.

A CT, or Computerized Tomography, is a small cylindrical device that uses radiation during imaging.  The patient table and the CT gantry (the fixed unit in the CT room) move during imaging, exposing the patient to radiation at the region of interest.

Contrast media can be used to aid the radiologists in differentiating between soft tissues within the affected area.

No matter what kind of scan you receive, the images are read by our radiologists and quickly turned around to your physician to speed up your diagnosis and treatment.

What types of injuries are appropriate for an MRI or CT scan?

Our physicians may order these scans for multiple reasons. MRI scans are often recommended in the evaluation of bones, joints, ligaments, cartilage, tendons soft tissue and muscle. CT scans are more ideal for trauma, chest, abdominal and pelvis, and fracture healing.

For MRI, patients are screened for safety precautions before scanning. Because the MRI machine is a very powerful magnet, we must ensure everyone’s safety. Patients who have pacemakers or internal defibrillators are not recommended to have MRI’s. Candidates who have had non-ferrous joint replacements can take advantage of the MRI scanner.

Our whole body MRI scanner is the traditional full tube, where patients are surrounded by the machine. We provide headphones that play music, as directed by the FDA. We also have an extremity MRI scanner, which allows for a comfortable seated position. This scanner works best for wrist, finger, hand, elbow and ankle scans.

For CT scans, patients are assessed before scanning. Some CT exams require a patient to prepare for the CT scan, but not all CT imaging requires a prep. Unlike MRI, there are not metallic implant concerns.

What if I’m claustrophobic?

Even patients who suffer from claustrophobia can be scanned using the whole body machine. Make sure to notify your provider and discuss solutions.

What can I expect during my appointment?

CT scans usually last about 30 minutes, and MRI’s usually last about 45 minutes.

Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. If you are a woman, you may want to consider wearing an athletic bra or tank top. We recommend you also wear layers, as the temperature is not regulated in the procedure. Please leave any electronics, including cell phones and MP3 players, at your home. A locker is also provided to store your belongings during the exam.

As with any procedure, discuss your medical history and any concerns with your physician before your appointment. To learn more about diagnostic imaging, please visit www.neorthohospital.com/our-services/diagnostic-imaging.

What is Diagnostic Imaging?

Total Shoulder Replacement

3d rendered illustration of a shoulder replacement

Shoulder replacement hardware

The shoulder is made up of three bones: the humerus (the upper arm bone), the shoulder blade, and the collarbone. Other parts comprising the shoulder include the ball, which is the humeral head of the upper arm bone. It fits into the rounded socket in the shoulder blade, called the glenoid. Both of these surfaces are covered by articular cartilage that helps the bones glide smoothly against each other instead of grinding. Another type of cartilage called the labrum surrounds the glenoid to add stability and cushion the joint.

The shoulder capsule is surrounded by ligaments and tendons that hold the shoulder together. This bundle is called the rotator cuff. It covers the ball of the shoulder and attaches it to the shoulder blade. The rotator cuff also helps to keep the humerus centered in the shoulder socket.

During shoulder replacement surgery, the artificial components replace the damaged parts of the shoulder.

Who should have a total shoulder replacement?

Potential candidates for shoulder replacement surgery often suffer from:

  • Loss of motion or strength in the shoulder
  • Severe pain that limits everyday activities
  • Moderate to severe pain while sleeping

If non-surgical treatments, like physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medicines and cortisone injections have not relieved this pain, it may be time to speak with your physician about shoulder replacement options.

What to expect before, during and after surgery

You may be referred to an orthopaedic specialist to be evaluated prior to your surgery. During this evaluation, you will likely speak with your specialist about your medical history, have x-rays taken and have your shoulder examined. Other tests (blood draws, MRI’s, bone scans) may be required. Be sure to inform your orthopaedic specialist about all medications you currently take.

There are several types of shoulder replacements. Your physician will decide which is appropriate based on your individual situation. These replacements include:

  • Total shoulder replacement: the most common of replacement surgeries. The damaged joint is replaced with a smooth metal ball attached to a stem joined with a plastic socket to relieve pain.
  • Stemmed hemiarthroplasty: replacement of just the ball of your shoulder. This procedure is recommended for those with severely weakened bone in the glenoid.
  • Resurfacing hemiarthroplasty: an alternative to stemmed shoulder replacements, this protehtsis replaces the ball of the shoulder to preserve the bone in the arm. Patients who young or active may be good candidates for this procedure, as it’s easier to convert to a total replacement at a later time.
  • Reverse total shoulder replacement: this procedure is usually performed on patients who have had a traditional shoulder replacement fail, or have torn rotator cuffs. Instead of having the ball portion attached to a stem in the humerus, a plastic socket is attached to the upper arm bone and the ball is joined to the shoulder bone.

You will most likely be able to return home after a two to three hospital stay. After surgery, you’ll need assistance for the first few weeks with daily tasks like cooking, cleaning, driving and bathing. You’ll also start physical therapy soon after your operation. Your arm will be in a sling for the first two to four weeks following your procedure, and it will be crucial to do at-home exercises recommended by your medical team to regain strength and mobility.

To learn more about our shoulder specialists, visit https://www.neorthohospital.com/orthopaedic-services/shoulder.

Total Shoulder Replacement

#FreeLeprechaunChase 10K Rules and Regulations

LepChase Contest

We’re running a giveaway on our Facebook page for a free entry into this year’s Leprechaun Chase 10K in Omaha! To enter, head over to the Nebraska Orthopaedic Facebook page and follow the instructions.

Here are the official rule and regulations of the contest:

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#FreeLeprechaunChase 10K Rules and Regulations