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Superior Labrum Lesions Medication

  • Author: Riley J Williams, III, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
Updated: Jan 13, 2016

Medication Summary

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation in both the preoperative and postoperative treatment of patients with labral pathology.

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Toxicity, Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Agents


Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Class Summary

NSAIDs have analgesic and antipyretic activities. The exact mechanism of action of these agents is not known, but NSAIDs may inhibit cyclooxygenase activity and prostaglandin synthesis. Other mechanisms may exist as well, such as inhibition of leukotriene synthesis, lysosomal enzyme release, lipoxygenase activity, neutrophil aggregation, and various cell-membrane functions. Treatment of pain tends to be patient specific.

Naproxen sodium (Naprelan, Anaprox, Naprosyn)


Indicated for the relief of pain and inflammation that is associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, and acute trauma.

Ibuprofen (Motrin, Ibuprin)


DOC for patients with mild to moderate pain. Inhibits inflammatory reactions and pain by decreasing prostaglandin synthesis.

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Riley J Williams, III, MD Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College; Director, HSS Institute for Cartilage Repair

Riley J Williams, III, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American College of Sports Medicine, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Medical Society of the State of New York

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Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Pharmacy; Editor-in-Chief, Medscape Drug Reference

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Henry T Goitz, MD Academic Chair and Associate Director, Detroit Medical Center Sports Medicine Institute; Director, Education, Research, and Injury Prevention Center; Co-Director, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship

Henry T Goitz, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

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Chief Editor

Craig C Young, MD Professor, Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Community and Family Medicine, Medical Director of Sports Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

Craig C Young, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Family Physicians, American College of Sports Medicine, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Phi Beta Kappa

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Gerard A Malanga, MD Founder and Partner, New Jersey Sports Medicine, LLC and New Jersey Regenerative Institute; Director of Research, Atlantic Health; Clinical Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School; Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine

Gerard A Malanga, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, North American Spine Society, International Spine Intervention Society, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American College of Sports Medicine

Disclosure: Received honoraria from Cephalon for speaking and teaching; Received honoraria from Endo for speaking and teaching; Received honoraria from Genzyme for speaking and teaching; Received honoraria from Prostakan for speaking and teaching; Received consulting fee from Pfizer for speaking and teaching.


Frank A Petrigliano, MD  Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California Los Angeles

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Upper left - Type I superior labrum anterior posterior lesion. Lower right - Type II superior labrum anterior posterior lesion.
Upper left - Type III superior labrum anterior posterior lesion. Lower left - Type IV superior labrum anterior posterior lesion.
Coronal magnetic resonance arthrogram. This image demonstrates detachment of the superior glenoid labrum.
Arthroscopic appearance of a type II superior labrum anterior posterior (SLAP) lesion.
Arthroscopic placement of a suture anchor in the superior glenoid.
Arthroscopic suture placement for superior labrum anterior posterior (SLAP) lesion repair.
Arthroscopic appearance of a superior labrum anterior posterior (SLAP) lesion after repair with a suture anchor.
Simple mattress suture configuration with a single anchor. (Arthroscopy. 2007 Feb;23(2):135-40.)
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