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What are the causes of shoulder SLAP tears?

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Overuse. Anyone who uses their shoulder to make the same motion over and over can tear their labrum.

Injury. When you slip, it's normal to stretch out your arm to break the fall. The impact on the extended arm can cause a labrum SLAP tear.

Wear and tear. Day in and day out, your labrum does a lot of work. If you're 40 or older, it’s a common issue.

From: What Is a Labrum SLAP Tear? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "SLAP Tears."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Shoulder Labrum Tear."

Houston Methodist: "Labral Tears."

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Arthroscopic Labrum Repair of the Shoulder (SLAP)."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 23, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "SLAP Tears."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Shoulder Labrum Tear."

Houston Methodist: "Labral Tears."

Massachusetts General Hospital: "Arthroscopic Labrum Repair of the Shoulder (SLAP)."

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on January 23, 2018

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