Orthopedic Clinical Examination/Diagnosis
PHILADELPHIA — Before performing surgery on a suspected labral tear, orthopedists need to identify the true labral pathology through imaging, physical examination and rehabilitation, according to a presentation at the Advances in Throwing: Latest on Injury Treatment and Performance Optimization Symposium.
According to Andrew F. Kuntz, MD, director of the shoulder study group at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, orthopedists should identify whether a patient has a superior labral tear from anterior to posterior (SLAP), “which is typically described by the thrower as a sudden loss of velocity or a dead arm sensation.” A SLAP event will be associated with a large increase in pain, the development of mechanical symptoms and less effective rehabilitation, he noted.
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