Questio - Slap Tear (type 2, surgery or rehab?)

by Reese Upthegrove
(Bartow Fl)

My son just got diagnosed with a small type 2 slap tear. The doc said it would only probably take 1 anchor. We're waiting 6 weeks because he said there is a possibility of it healing it self. My son is a 17 year old high school pitcher.

Do you agree? Should he be doing some kind of rehab while we wait? He has several scholarship opportunities for college. Since he is planning on pitching in college do you think he should go on with the surgery or wait and see if we get a miracle? He hasn't thrown in 2 weeks and don't plan on it for the next 6 weeks. But when he was throwing it would only hurt for the 1st 10 throws and then go away but his velocity was down. He's also been throwing all year with out a break do to travel ball. So we have our fingers crossed.

Are we fooling are selves? If he has surgery what is the success rate for a young pitcher?

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Nov 19, 2008
surgery or rehab
by: Bart - SII

There is a small chance that the labrum could heal, although this will likely require surgery. Most surgeons will take a conservative approach - that is the prudent thing to do, especially if the tear appears to be small - if you can avoid surgery, all the better.

SLAP repairs in young healthy athletes are usually very successful, provided they have good rehabilitation after the surgery.

I would recommend giving rehab a try with a good therapist who specializes in overhead athletes. 6 weeks of rehab may be all he needs, or if he is still having problems, then you know for sure that surgery is necessary. I would definitely try to do something in that time period instead of just "wait and see".


Apr 30, 2009
by: Anonymous

My 14 year old daughter is having 3 anchors next week by a shoulder specialist after 2 second/third opinions.

Our chiropractor uses a laser that stimulates the bone and tissue growth which could help your son but it is contraindicated for anyone younger than 18 (can affect growth plates, etc) but not sure if this would help/hurt him

We had gone the 6 weeks of PT with no help before scheduling the surgery.

If you choose surgery, Be sure of your doctor, the surgery (2nd, 3rd opinion) and find a shoulder specialist. It is a LONG recovery, one - two or 3 anchors.

good luck

Jun 10, 2009
advice from experience
by: Emily M

hello, i'm 15 i had a slap tear im a swimmer and i have 4 anchors i tried physical theropy before surgery but i was swimming majorly at the same time if you do decide to do physical theropy before surgery stop moving the shoulder i also suggest kinesio tape it helps alot during physical activity

if you have any questions you can email me

Nov 15, 2010
Slap tear
by: Anonymous

I had a slap tear early in my high school career. I pushed off surgery till my 2nd year in junior college but was never the same. I believe that with the right rehab one can return to 100% but ask any big leaguer, they much rather have elbow surgery than shoulder surgery. Good luck

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