Can I drive with a SLAP tear?

One of the more common questions I get from patients in my practice after an injury or a surgery is whether they can drive. In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I address whether it is safe to drive with a SLAP tear of the shoulder or after surgery for a SLAP tear.

Can I drive my car with SLAP tear?

What is a SLAP tear?

A SLAP tear, or superior labral tear, of the shoulder is an injury to the cartilage bumper that lines the shoulder socket. It provides stability to the shoulder. You can suffer a SLAP tear through a traumatic event like a shoulder dislocation, over it can be an injury that develops over time, such as with pitching or lifting weights.

Is it safe to drive with a SLAP tear of the shoulder?

For driving, you must be able to control the car. While many people claim to be able to drive with one arm, you often need both arms to swerve the car suddenly. A SLAP tear might cause you enough pain to make the use of that arm difficult.

Is it safe to drive with a SLAP tear or after surgery?

Is it safe to drive after shoulder surgery for a SLAP tear?

The question of driving after shoulder surgery becomes even more difficult. This is in no way legal advice. Having said that, most doctors do not allow their patients to drive right after shoulder surgery, especially if they are still in a sling. In this video, I discuss some points to consider about when it’s safe to drive after a shoulder injury or shoulder surgery.

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Please remember, while I appreciate your questions, I cannot and will not offer specific medical advice by email, on my website, on my podcast, or in social media. My responses are meant to provide general medical information and education. Please consult your physician or health care provider for your specific medical concerns.

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