I saw an ortho for fairly excruciating shoulder pain and was found to have an impingement, rotator cuff damage and a labrum tear. Not unusual story, I know. But here's what's interesting. ..The surgeon told that many, if not most, guys playing tennis my age (48 at the time) probably have similar damage in their shoulders and that many are able to play relatively symptom free. ..So before even discussing surgery, he urged me to undergo a fairly rigorous course of PT to build up muscles that support the joint. It helped to the point that I can now play with only occasional pain that occurs when I clearly over do it. ..So while I won't 2nd guess the OP's decision, I urge anyone considering surgery to give PT a chance to work.
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