Common Causes of SLAP Injuries
SLAP injuries can be mild or severe. Some minor SLAP injuries require minimal treatment and result in a full recovery. More serious SLAP injuries could call for an invasive surgical procedure, ongoing physical therapy, and permanent damage to the shoulder.
One major cause of SLAP tears, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, is trauma. For example, extending your shoulder during a fall to break the impact, absorbing the energy in the shoulder joint with the resulting compression of the joint and surrounding tissues, could cause a SLAP injury.
Another example of a traumatic incident that can lead to a shoulder injury is a traction-type injury. This can occur from a sudden movement or jerking of the shoulder, or an unexpected pull. If you are an athlete, this could happen during practice or competition. Another example of a traction shoulder injury could be a pet’s sudden movement during a walk, causing unexpected tension on the leash, damaging your shoulder.
Age, genetics, and predisposing conditions can also cause shoulder injury, including those classified as SLAP injuries. Some aging individuals experience weakened muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other tissues that can increase the chances of injury.
Overuse is also a common factor in shoulder injuries. Overuse is common among athletes and can lead to pain, swelling, and wear and tear of the shoulder.
Sometimes, another person in an accident or event causes a SLAP injury. If you have a SLAP injury caused by someone else, our SLAP injury lawyers in St. Louis are available to assist you with your potential case. Call Schultz & Myers, LLC at 314-444-4444.
Symptoms of SLAP injuries
If you are experiencing symptoms of a SLAP injury, you should seek medical attention. Only a physician or specialist will be able to diagnose and treat SLAP injuries properly. Symptoms of SLAP injuries include:
- Limited range of motion in the shoulder
- Visible deformity
- Decreased strength
- Popping or unusual sounds at the time of the injury
Seeking medical advice and treatment as soon as possible can help minimize shoulder problems. If you think you could be injured, or if any of these symptoms occurred, see a doctor as soon as possible.
Treating SLAP Injuries
Every injury is different, and a treatment plan will be developed by your doctor to cater to your specific needs. Generally, a combination of ice, rest, and anti-inflammatory medications can help reduce swelling and further damage.
If there is a complete tear or more severe injury, you may require surgery. Physical therapy is also common to help rehabilitate the shoulder after an injury and build strength and stability to prevent future damage. A specialist will be able to examine you properly and determine the best path forward.
Contact Our Legal Team Today
Any injury can hurt your quality of life, but SLAP injuries are particularly troubling for victims because they can limit shoulder use in a debilitating way. Simple tasks like washing dishes, taking a shower, or putting your clothes on may be difficult or impossible in the aftermath of a SLAP injury.
In some instances, you may no longer be able to drive or go to work. You could be left with a great deal of pain and a hefty medical bill. If you believe another party caused your injury, you may be able to file a legal claim and recover compensation. You should not have to pay for a SLAP injury you did not cause yourself—you may be able to hold the responsible party accountable.
Schultz & Myers, LLC has SLAP injury lawyers in St. Louis available to help walk you through your legal options. Call 314-444-4444 today to set up a free consultation.