Just days after winning the Rookie of the Year award, the Philadelphia 76ers announced guard Micheal Carter-Williams had undergone surgery on his right shoulder. Carter-Williams underwent the surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder. The surgery was considered a success.

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A SLAP tear is a specific kind of injury to the shoulder. To help make your shoulder more stable, there is a ring of firm tissue, called the labrum , around your shoulder socket. The labrum helps keep your arm bone in the shoulder socket.SLAP stands for “superior labrum, anterior to posterior”—in other words, “the top part of the labrum, from the front to the back.” It refers to the part of the labrum that is injured, or torn.


Symptoms of a SLAP tear may include popping, clicking, or catching in the shoulder.  Some people have pain with movement of the arm over the head or throw a ball, or feeling of weakness or instability in the shoulder.  Aching pain is common. People often have a hard time describing or pointing to exactly where the pain is.

A SLAP tear can be hard to identify, because there are so many other things that can cause  shoulder pain and because SLAP tears are not common. Ways to diagnose a SLAP tear include physical examination,  and with MRI often with dye injected into shoulde

The first step in treatment is to see whether pain medicine and rehabilitation can take care of the problem. NSAID which are anti-inflammatory medicines, may help the pain. Rehabilitation may include exercises to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles and to gently stretch the back of the shoulder.  For many people, surgery is the only thing that helps. With  arthroscopic surgery the injury is evaluate and repaired.

With nearly six months to go until the start of the 2014 season, Carter-Williams should have plenty of time to get back to full strength.

Primus Sports Medicine Staff- OB