Dr Heckroodt Laubscher

Specialist Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgeon

Biceps Related Pathology (Tendinitis / SLAP)

The biceps tendon travels through the shoulder joint and attaches to the superior part of the glenoid, inside the shoulder joint. This attachment can tear from the glenoid (SLAP) in athletes who perform repetitive overhead actions (eg cricket and baseball players). A traumatic incident such as a fall on an outstretched arm can also lead to detachment of the tendon. A dull pain is usually experience with certain activities such as throwing or bowling.

Recommended treatment and care needed for this condition:

Repair of the detached bicep anchor by arthroscopic means is the only effective way in managing this problem. The recovery entails the wearing of a sling for 6 weeks post surgery. Normal sporting activities can usually only resume after 4-6 months of rehabilitation.

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