A SLAP tear is generally referred to a specific kind of injury to your shoulder. There is a ring of firm tissue around your shoulder socket, called the labrum, which helps your shoulder to be more stable. Labrum helps keep your arm bone in the shoulder socket.
"Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior" is what SLAP stands for, and in other words it is 'the top part of the labrum, from the front to the back.' This refers to the part of the labrum that is injured or torn, i.e. SLAP injury.
To diagnose a SLAP tear, a special dye is injected into your shoulder before you undergo an MRI scan. Such a test in which a special dye is used, it is called as an MRI arthrogram.
Another way to know whether you have a SLAP tear, is when your doctor makes small cuts in your shoulder, called incisions and the particular operation is referred to as Arthroscopic surgery.
Anti-inflammatory medicines such as NSAIDs may help the pain. Naproxen meds such as Aleve and Ibuprofen meds such as Advil or Motrin are commonly used NSAIDs.
If your shoulder is very painful, try using a sling for a few days to support your arm. Or use heat or ice compression on your shoulder for about 15 to 20 minutes at a time.
Your physiotherapist or doctor will teach you a few exercises to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles and gently stretch the back of your shoulder. You can do those exercises at home to avoid pain. If this doesn't help, then arthroscopic surgery is the only thing that can help.
The shoulder is an integral part of your body and it should be comprehensively taken care of. Any injury or damage to your shoulder directly affects your arms and proliferates the degree of pain. Therefore, you should not ignore shoulder pain with a hope that it might heal all by itself.