Shoulder problems suck. I dislocated my right shoulder in 89. I went in for arthroscopic surgery and woke up to major surgery as the Doc couldn't do it all through a scope.
I tel my patients the same thing all the time. I also add that even when things go "great", you have still changed the playing field.
Another point to add to yours. I had a very impatient patient that opted for surgery for, what I would refer to as, mild low back pain. Six months later I saw his wife whom informed me that her husband had died on the table, a complication during surgery. I was flabbergasted and I stewed over the notion that a surgeon had even operated on this guy in the first place. I figured it was a REALLY dumb reason to die.
I would also like to add that there are more choices out there beyond surgery, pharmaceuticals and physical therapy. Do a google search for functional therapies. Chiropractic, kinesiotherapy, acupuncture, etc.
How goes the exercises/stretches? If you are like most people, you will discontinue performing these as the pain begins to wane. I will caution you to be diligent and persist with the daily work. It shouldn't be taking you more than a few minutes a day to perform these. A small price to pay for continual improvement. Remember to let me know when you are not feeling the stretch associated with the towel. There is more to add.
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