Treatment methods

Freedom of movement for your shoulder

The treatment for a SLAP lesion is as individual as the causes. There is no black or white. Certain factors in your everyday life or your special requests determine whether you will undergo surgery for the SLAP lesion or receive a conservative therapy. 

Our experts at Schoen Clinic specialise in both treatment methods and are by your side.

Conservative treatment methods

Conservative therapy for SLAP lesions

Conservative therapy for SLAP lesions is possible for patients with sedentary jobs or few symptoms of discomfort. During this, you perform physiotherapy exercises under guidance. Physiotherapy to strengthen your shoulder muscles helps to keep your humeral head in the socket and thus reduce the pressure on the glenoid labrum.

Another proven concept is the stretching of the posterior shoulder capsule. Anti-inflammatory medication or cortisone treatment can also temporarily reduce your symptoms.

Surgical treatment methods

Attachment of the loose tendon

In young patients who do not practise overhead sports, we reattach the glenoid labrum to its origin. The attachment is performed with two to three small “plugs” (thread anchors). These will be dissolved by your body over the course of a few months.

Transfer of the tendon to the humeral head (tenotomy or tenodesis)

If the attachment of your biceps tendon is severely impaired, we loosen the socket and attach the tendon outside your shoulder joint. We also use thread anchors for this purpose.

It is also possible for us to detach the biceps tendon without reattaching it. The tendon slips into its natural canal in your upper arm, gets stuck there and grows on its own.