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6 Keys to Shoulder Instability Rehabilitation

Shoulder instability is a common injury encountered in physical therapy. But there are many different types of shoulder instability.

Would you treat a high school baseball player that feels like their shoulder is loose when throwing the same as a 35 year … Read more >

Clinical Examination of Superior Labral Tears – What is the Best Special Test for a SLAP Tear?

What is the best special test for a SLAP tear?  There are many options all with varying efficacy, however, without a proper understanding of the different types of SLAP tears and mechanisms of injury, it’s difficult to select the best … Read more >

How do SLAP Tears Occur: Mechanisms of Injury to the Superior Labrum

SLAP tears of the shoulder can occur for a variety of reasons, from a traumatic fall to wear-and-tear over time, to more specific injuries that we see in overhead athletes like baseball players.

But that’s a common question I here … Read more >

What Exactly Is a SLAP Tear? Top 5 Things You Need to Know About a Superior Labral Lesion

Superior Labral SLAP TearA SLAP tear is an injury to the superior part of the labrum in the shoulder.  The term SLAP stands for Superior Labral tear Anterior to Posterior.  This is a very common diagnosis for shoulder injuries.  There many different variations … Read more >

Which is the Best Position to Immobilize the Shoulder After a Dislocation?

Immobilization is commonly performed after acute first time shoulder dislocations.  The goal of immobilization is to protect the shoulder and allow healing in an attempt to minimize recurrent instability down the road, which isn’t uncommon.

Unfortunately, once you dislocate your Read more >

Nonoperative Treatment of Anterior Shoulder Dislocations – 25 Year Follow-Up

Bankart2 For this short holiday week, I have a guest post from my Friend and frequent contributor, Dan Lorenz.  This time, Dan talks about a couple of recent studies that assess the success of nonoperative treatment following anterior shoulder dislocations over … Read more >

Choosing Which SLAP Special Test to Perform During Your Examination

There are so many different special tests for superior labral, or SLAP tears, how do you chose which to perform?  I have a couple of different ways that I determine which tests to perform, but first, lets see what … Read more >