Shoulder Injuries

Rotator Cuff Tears

A rotator cuff tear or injury is an injury to the group of tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder joint. The group is often confused with other names but is simply known as the rotator cuff. When there is an injury or tear it is to the tendons. These tendons are what connects the muscles to the bone.

Some specific signs to look for are:


  • Disturbance to sleep, particularly if you lie on the affected shoulder
  • Difficulty combing your hair or reaching behind your back

SLAP Lesions

A SLAP lesion or a SLAP tear is the acronym for a superior labrum anterior and posterior lesion/tear. It is an injury or tear to the labrum part of the shoulder joint. The shoulder has a joint function similar to the hip but is much shallower and more prone to dislocation. The SLAP tear is where the tendon of the bicep muscle inserts itself on the labrum.

Some specific signs to look for are:

  • Pain with movement of the shoulder or withholding the shoulder in specific positions
  • Loss of strength, pain with lifting heavy objects
  • A feeling that the shoulder is going to “pop out of joint”

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